Sen Dog

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Sen Dog
Sen Dog 2006.jpg
Sen Dog performing at the 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival
Background information
Birth name Senen Reyes
Also known as Sen Dog
Born (1965-11-22) November 22, 1965 (age 50)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip hop, rap rock, West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1986-present
Labels Columbia
Ruffhouse
Sony
Suburban Noize Records
Associated acts Cypress Hill, Kottonmouth Kings, SX-10, Rage Against The Machine, Insolence, P.O.D.

Senen Reyes (born November 22, 1965), best known by his stage name Sen Dog, is a Cuban-American rapper and member of rap group Cypress Hill. He has been developing a solo career in addition to his work with Cypress Hill, and headlines rap rock band SX-10.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Sen Dog is a member of the rap group Cypress Hill, with whom he has had top ten records and a #1 album. Some of the most well known songs that he performs with Cypress Hill are "How I Could Just Kill a Man", "Rap Superstar" and "Insane In the Brain".

In the late 1990s, Sen Dog took a leave of absence from Cypress Hill to develop a new rock/rap band called SX-10. He wanted the band to have a funk sound with Latin influences. SX-10 released an album in 2000 called Mad Dog American.[3] In 1996, he performed "Quien Es Ese Negro (Who's This Black Dude)" with Mellow Man Ace, MC Skeey, Mr. Rico, and DJ Rif for the AIDS benefit album, Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin, produced by the Red Hot Organization.

On September 30, 2008, Sen Dog released his first solo album, Diary of a Mad Dog, seventeen years after the release of the first Cypress Hill album. In an interview with HipHopDX, Sen Dog described how he felt that he had more control and could talk about personal aspects of his life with this album. He said, "With Cypress, I never really felt that comfortable to put personal aspects of my life into the music. It feels good to have the opportunity to be the quarterback, if you want to call it that, in the studio, and be creative. I definitely found that I had more in me than I thought I did."[4] He said that he wanted to have fun with this album and that he has tried out a lot of different types of music but had no agenda for the type of music on Diary of a Mad Dog. "We’ve done the whole dark, morbid thing. The rock n’ roll crossover; just a lot of things. I’m not going to have an agenda on this; I’m going to jam and record whatever is fun to me."[5]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1980s, Sen Dog was affiliated with a Bloods gang set known as "Neighborhood Family", and later introduced B-Real into the set before B-Real was shot in the lung in 1988.[6][7] Sen Dog is known to be an avid marijuana smoker and Cypress Hill has made songs about the use of marijuana, including "Legalize it", "I Wanna Get High" and "Hits From the Bong". Sen Dog and B-Real were childhood friends and Sen Dog gave B-Real his first joint when Sen Dog was 13 years old. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Sen Dog said, "Pot got a bad name with the flower children of the '60s, and then all these hard drugs came in, and people started dropping like flies. Today, people want to get high on something that's not going to give them a heart attack, like speed or crack."[8]

Reyes and long-time Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo are childhood friends that attended the same high school.[9]

He married Christina Banker-Reyes in Las Vegas in April 2012.

His children are Stepson Noe Reyes born 1990, Dayzee Reyes born 1996, Sage Reyes born 2013.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2000: Collabo Killa
  • 2007: Fat Joints Volume 1

With SX-10[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SX10 tocara hoy en el DanZoo" (in Spanish). Mexico City: La Jornada. May 24, 2003. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Sen Dog's Still All Bite with the Reyes Brothers". LatinRapper.com. November 18, 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "SX-10". Spirit of Metal Webzine. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Paine, Jake (5 October 2008). "Sen Dog Explains Near Fatal Heart Attack, Solo Debut". HipHopDX. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Paine, Jake (5 October 2008). "Sen Dog". Suburban Noize Records. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.latinrapper.com/b-real-interview.html
  7. ^ http://www.brealonline.com/bio.html
  8. ^ Svetkey, Benjamin (20 August 1993). "High Fidelity". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Katel, Jacob (November 7, 2012). "Cypress Hill's B-Real and Sen Dog Talk Weed, Rap, Punk, Gang Life, and Being Cuban". Miami New Times. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 

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