Cypress Hill setting the stage with pre-race performance before 2023 Busch Light Clash


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Grammy-nominated Latino American hip-hop group Cypress Hill will take the stage in Los Angeles, performing a pre-race concert at the 2023 Busch Light Clash, FOX revealed during Sunday’s NFL broadcast.

Cypress Hill, a group native to California, features – Louis “B-Real” Freese, Senen “Sen Dog” Reyes, Eric “Bobo” Correa (formerly of Beastie Boys) and DJ Lord (Public Enemy/Prophets of Rage) – who have been performing all over the world since the late 1980s and continue to headline major festivals. The group was founded in 1988 with famous Italian American DJ Muggs teaming up with “Sen Dog” and “B-Real.”

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The group will entertain the crowd with many of their award-winning hits leading up to the second-ever NASCAR race inside the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“What a tremendous addition to the 2023 Busch Light Clash,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president for racing development and strategy. “Cypress Hill are cultural icons, not only in Los Angeles but around the world. We can’t wait for them to perform for our fans during this historic event.”

Cypress Hill became the first Latino American hip-hop recording group to reach platinum status. Their second studio album, “Black Sunday” released in 1993 with the hit song “Insane in the Brain,” earned the band the highest Soundscan recording for a rap group at the time. In addition to the tones of ’90s hip-hop, Cypress Hill incorporated many Spanish and Latin American influences into their sound, becoming a revolutionary favorite among West Coast music fans. Their historic success landed the group a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019, becoming the first hip-hop group to accomplish the feat.

“NASCAR drivers have the mentality of taking it to the limit on every lap, and we take the same approach with our music,” said Cypress Hill co-founder Sen Dog. “We’re excited to have NASCAR return to our backyard, and we look forward to bringing some South Gate style to all of the NASCAR fans at the LA Coliseum.”

The versatile musicians also bridged a classic hip-hop style with an alternative rock vibe, collaborating with notable artists like Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam among many others. They have also toured alongside Ice Cube, who performed at the inaugural Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum.

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Reigning champion Joey Logano raced his way to the checkered flag in LA to start the 2022 campaign, marking the first time the Clash event was held away from Daytona International Speedway. Next year’s exhibition at the 0.25-mile track inside the world-class venue is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET broadcast on FOX and the FOX Sports App. Radio coverage will also be provided on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Stay tuned to NASCAR.com for more information on the Busch Light Clash, including other celebrities participating in the headline event.