Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.
The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he says to the camera, “so we’re going to do things a little different.” An unknown assailant then tips a bucket of what appears to be marijuana buds on his head. It’s a moment that would make Cheech & Chong proud.
B-Real, an outspoken marijuana advocate whose best-known songs with Cypress Hill include “Hits from the Bong” and “Insane in the Brain,” then passed on the goodwill. He calls out like-minded musos Snoop Dogg, Willy Nelson and actor Woody Harrelson to accept the challenge in 24 hours.
B-Real is one of countless musicians and celebrities to accept the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, which raises funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known in the U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease (and motor neuron disease elsewhere) in which the muscle tissue degenerates.
The challenge has become a global phenomenon, as buckets are tipped, and filmed and shared through social media. However, the delivery itself is morphing. Charlie Sheen poured money on his head, Miley Cyrus tipped rice on herself, and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne dumped the remnants of what appeared to be a glitter bomb.
As of Tuesday, the ALS Association (ALSA) had collected $88.5 million in donations.