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March 21, 2003
It looks like the English and the Americans have teamed up for another mind-blowing project. WDP and Warped Sportz proudly announce that both companies have agreed to a sponsorship deal with a brand new team, The Stoned Assassins. The Stoned Assassins will compete in the rookie division of the NPPL Super 7, and just happen to consist of B. Real and DJ Muggs from legendary hardcore rappers Cypress Hill, and Everlast.
WDP will be the team’s chief sponsor, providing
them with Angels, Angel AIR systems, jerseys and Fat Boy pods. JT USA will
also be involved, providing the team with pants, goggles, gloves, and pads.
Real, Muggs, and Everlast have just gotten into playing paintball over the last six months. They first played when a friend’s girlfriend got them all free passes a California Paintball Park. The three ran into Jingle Rapiz and Chris Grimsley from Avalanche, who started hanging out with Real, Muggs, and Everlast, and helping the three form a team and enter the tourney scene. Rapiz will fill the role of off-field coach for Stoned Assassins.
“It’s all kind of a blur,” laughs Rapiz. “Seriously though, somebody from the group I was coaching noticed B. Real, and since the guy was a fan, approached B. and asked if the two groups could play each other. We just kind of hooked up and hung out. We hooked up again later that night at the Lakers’ game, and that’s when B started asking about sponsorship, and playing paintball more seriously.”
“I’m glad to be getting involved in the sport,” said B. Real, Cypress Hill’s frontman, from the band’s LA recording studio. “I think paintball is totally something that should be accessible for more people. It’s fun, exciting, a stress reliever, and definitely fits with other extreme sports. That’s what I love about.”
The team will wear Warped Sportz headgear on the field, and Cypress Hill will officially be added to the stable of bands sponsored by Warped Sportz apparel. Cypress Hill also works with two other action sports /extreme sports soft goods companies, DVS Shoes and Joker.
“This is a great opportunity for us. Cypress Hill is a top shelf artist,” said Warped Sportz Marketing Director Dan Napoli. “They have consistently been a platinum selling artist and have been a relevant part of skateboard culture and youth culture throughout the ‘90s with their unique blend of rap and rock. We are really excited that B. Real and the rest of Cypress Hill are into working with us.”
Cypress Hill burst on the music seen in the early 1990s, going platinum with their debut release in 1991 and opening for the Beastie Boys. The group was a headliner of the 1992 Lollapalooza festival, which helped their 1993 Black Sunday record debut at number 1 on the billboard music charts. The group has released nine albums all together. There last two releases, Live At The Fillmore and Skull and Bones (both in 2000) received four stars from Rolling Stone. DJ Muggs has just recently released a critically acclaimed solo record, Dust, on the Anti / Epitaph record label this spring. Cypress Hill is currently working on a new record slated for an August or September release. The release of the new record may coincide with one of the later Super 7 stops.
Everlast first rose to prominence in the early 1990s as the front man for Irish-themed rappers House Of Pain. The group scored a monster rap and crossover hit with 1992’s “Jump Around.” He came back strong with his first solo record in eight years, and scored major MTV and Modern rock radio hit singles from his 1998 album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues.
Both Everlast and B. Real are planning
on performing at the NPPL Super 7 Las Vegas open April 10-13. Log on to
www.nppl.tv for more information about the event or the concert.
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