Sen Dog's Still All Bite
with the Reyes Brothers
11/18/06 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
Two years ago we spoke with
West Coast artist Senen Reyes, better known as Sen Dog of
the multiplatinum group Cypress Hill (click
here for that interview). The Perro is back with
plenty of ammunition, and three hot albums on the horizon.
Sen and brother Mellow Man Ace teamed up to form the
"Reyes Brothers", and the duo just released one of the
most heavily anticipated albums in Latin Rap history
entitled "Ghetto Therapy."
With the new single
"Traffic" getting serious airplay, Sen is already
contemplating a Spanish Reyes Brothers album, his upcoming
solo album, his rap-rock group SX-10's new record, and the
2007 release of Cypress Hill's next CD. Sen speaks with us
about showcasing his skills, the experience of working with
his brother Mellow and much more in this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: With Cypress Hill, there are a few
decision makers involved, did working with your brother Mellow
Man make for a more comfortable situation?
Yeah, for sure man. Being in there, probably since he and I
were the ones that started the whole Hip Hop on Cypress
Avenue. Since it was a brother thing, we didn't have a problem
telling each other stuff. If there was something that he liked
that he was doing, let him see it all the way through, see
what it turns into. Its a family thing, I guess we're not
really so worried about what the other person thinks or says,
Was there friendly sibling competition, one person trying
to come tighter than the other?
I think on his end (laughs). I wasn't really tripping, but I
know there was a couple times in there where I did something
he really liked, and he would go back in and change his stuff
up. I think there was a time, too when I heard something he
did, and thought I had to change my s**t up. But that's all in
the spirit of competition and making each other better, know
what I mean.
Mellow's take on it was that both of you went in relaxed,
having fun with it.
That was the overall thing, know what I mean. We definitely
like to impress each other, with different things that we do.
When I write my lyrics, I want my brother telling me, "I think
that s**t's hot."
How different is working with Mellow from working with
Not much, other than the people that you work with. That's
about it, it wasn't anything completely different than any
other studio session. Except Mellow gets ideas really quick,
he writes really good rhymes and he delivers them right there.
He's an efficient worker. I guess the same as B-Real, the both
of those guys, I try to work with them at their pace. The job
gets handled then and there on the spot.
Mellow's dropped albums since '89, Cypress since '91, why
did it take this long for a duo album when you were doing your
own group thing with SX10?
Because when I started doing SX10, I wanted to do a whole
different brand of music. It wasn't a completely hardcore hip
hop angle where I wanted to come from, on whatever my next
endeavor was. It didn't really cross my mind into doing
something else for a while, cause I was really working hard on
making that band work.
Are you still doing SX10 albums?
Yeah, we just finished a new album, incredible record that
comes out early next year.
There were rumors over whether there would ever be another
Cypress Hill album, since the group's contract with Sony was
close to being fulfilled.
Sony contract, its done already, we already finished that, we
fulfilled the obligation. We wont be dropping on Sony, but
definitely doing some cypress songs. We've been working with B
Real on some stuff. It's on the way I guess, we haven't signed
with a label yet, but that will be ready early part of the
first quarter next year, we look forward to coming out with
So there's a new Cypress Hill album coming early next year?
Oh yeah, for sure, we aint ready to say goodbye yet.
You've toured for years with Cypress, is it easier to tour
with Mellow because he's family?
Man, its all the same to me at this point. You get on a
flight, go do a show, jump on a bus, do shows for a month.
It's all business now, whatever band I'm out with. Of course
we have our moments when we have fun, do our job, perform, but
for the most part its a job, that's how I take it. Whoever I'm
out with, its definitely a business. I don't really care what
the next man does on tour anyway, as long its a functioning
system that we have, and we go about doing our shows, making
our money, that's all I'm good with, you know. You have to
approach it as a job, too, because if you don't you won't
last, you'll burn yourself out.
What exactly do you mean by that?
When you first start touring and s**t, and everything, it's
one big a** party, you drink too much, smoke too much, stay up
too late, and not necessarily eat good, that sort of thing.
You'll burn out, that'll kill you after a while. You can party
every now and then, you don't have to party every night. The
better you take care of yourself, the better you'll be out
There's no complete Spanish on this album, why was that?
Not on this record, I just wanted to do a straight rap record.
I wanted to do another project for us, where we come with some
Spanish stuff in there. I was thinking of having a different
entity from this rap thing right here, because I really want
to go all out with the Spanish stuff. I wanted an English
record too, I think that's very important because there's a
lot of cats out there that aren't into the Spanish rapping. I
don't want the Reyes Brothers to not be given a chance to be
heard by a specific audience because they think its all
Spanish stuff. Next on the agenda is an all Spanish bilingual
And the Spanish record would be under the Reyes Brothers
The group name is The Reyes Brothers, did you ever worry
that the name and cover art might have music store owners or
people pigeonholing you as Chicano rappers?
Nah, I didn't really care about that. Because before, we were
concerned with that with Cypress too. People know we were from
L.A, and there's not an African American member of the group,
the one Black guy that is in it is Cuban. We were concerned
with that too back in the days, but that's one of those little
whatever things, we get over that hurdle when we get to it. By
this time, most of the music buyers anyway know who Sen Dog is
and what he's about, so that has little effect on what I
thought. My true blue fans know enough about me as an artist,
no confusion in there.
Will "Ghetto Therapy" appeal to the 15 and 16 year old
Yeah, I think so. People just got to have a chance to hear
what's out there. It's your own job to get it out there, let
people see it, let them make their impressions off of it and
see what they think. Being able to be the type of group that
can transcend time, 'cause I'm used to doing that with
Cypress, perform for all types of ages, types and colors of
people, different countries. A certain way to go about that do
do that, but these young kids, those 15, 16 year olds, the
internet myspace junkies, information know it all type ni**as,
guess they'll catch up on it. I think it will be good, those
young kids will dig it. As long as they like one or two songs,
f**k it, I did my job. Its just a big setup for the next
record. You just gotta realize its something you'll be
building on, like a relationship with that particular person.
For the last Cypress album "Til Death Do Us Part", you
recorded a lot of songs that didn't make it on the album, will
we hear more of you on this next Cypress album?
Definitely, that's one of the things... that subject became
quite a talked about thing when that happened. I still don't
know why that happened. I certainly put in harder work than
that, I did some really interesting things that people really
liked. I don't know, I can't really say one way or the other.
I'll definitely be on a lot more material on the next cypress.
I believe you said you recorded as many as 20 or 30 tracks,
will that audio find it's way onto the Reyes Brothers album or
the next Cypress Hill album?
Nah, all that is in lockdown, Cypress songs that have never
been released There's a lot of stuff there, by now some of
that's probably dated and s**t like that, I don't know that we
would go back and put that kind of stuff out. Here and there,
you know, we'll sneak some out in movie soundtracks or
whatever, commercials or something like that, we'll use them
On his message board a long time back, DJ Muggs said there
was a mixtape called "Lost Temples" in the works, filled with
unreleased Cypress Tracks. Did that come out?
Nah, not that I know of, not yet. I've never heard of the Lost
Mellow Man explained that you haven't really been allowed
to showcase yourself or shine on Cypress albums, will we see
that on Ghetto Therapy?
I think what you're seeking, what's my personality or
whatever, what kind of s**t I think about, you're going to be
able to get more insight to that on the SX10 than the Reyes
Brother record, and on my solo joint, you're gonna get more of
an insight then.
So you are doing a solo album?
Yeah. Sometimes my producer that I work with, he tells me that
sometimes I'm getting too picky. Because I'll do a song, by
the next week I won't like it and won't want to use it. So, he
thinks that I just need to be a little less picky and relax
and not wonder so much or worry so much. But yeah, I'm working
on that already.
I don't really listen to SX-10, but I'm into your old
school music and was hoping that there would be an album that
showcases that sound more.
I'm telling you... I don't know if you're not a fan of that
because you're not a fan of that particular genre of music.
This new SX10 record, you can't even compare the old one to
what the group is now. Its from one album to the other, for
music quality and for what its worth lyrically, you'll be
surprised I think.
If someone wants to listen to some SX-10, what was the last
If you can find Mad Dog American, that was like the first SX
release. If you can find it, I get a lot of questions about
that. You want to listen to some cuts right now, you can go to
SX10 on myspace, we have like three or four songs off the new
record. To listen to some of my rap s**t, myspace.com/sendog .
We have music up there.
I asked Mellow Man this, as well as Pitbull since you're
all Cuban: do you think Cuba will get better or worse if Fidel
Castro passes away?
If Fidel was to pass, it would be a few years before things
got better. But I think immediately, every kind of investor,
whether it be real estate, commercial airlines or whatever,
got their eye on there. The one country that's holding back
from locking up the whole Caribbean. It would be just a matter
of time before that place turns back into what it used to be.
Would you go back there to do shows or catch up with
Yeah, my first concern is to visit my family. I don't even
know a bunch of them. A lot of my aunts and uncles I haven't
seen since I was little, they're getting older and passing on.
So that's the only reason I'd even want to go there now, I
wouldn't even care about going over to do shows, I want to see
where I'm from, since I was very young when we left.
Any last message for your fans?
Just pretty much thank you for all the support throughout the
years, with all of our actions and endeavors. It means a lot
to us, being creative people and having other people like what
we do, creatively, that means a lot to us. Thank you for being
a Cypress fan, or a SX10 fan, Sen Dog, B-Real fan, whatever.
Thank you, we appreciate it, that's real.
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