Cypress Hill Biography

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FORMED: 1988, Los Angeles, CA

Another of the new rap breed to extol the creative use of marijuana/hemp, this interracial trio from the Latin quarter of Los Angeles are champions of NORML (National Organisation To Reform Marijuana Laws), and perform tracks such as "I Wanna Get High", "Legalize It" and "Insane In The Brain" which advocate marijuana as a cultural replacement for alcohol. However, the reason for their widespread success lies instead with their blend of full and funky R&B, tales of dope and guns adding the final sheen to the laid-back beats. The crew was formed by DJ Muggs (b. Lawrence Muggerud, 28 January 1968, Queens, New York, USA, of Italian descent), and vocalists B-Real (b. Louis Freese, 2 June 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA, of Mexican/Cuban descent) and Sen Dog (b. Senen Reyes, 20 November 1965, Cuba). Sen Dog had come to Los Angeles from his native Cuba at the age of 14.

With his younger brother Mellow Man Ace, he had formed the prototype rap outfit, DVX, and claims to have invented the Spanglish "lingo" style. The line-up also included former 7A3 members DJ Muggs and B-Real.When Mellow Man Ace left to start a solo career the remaining trio renamed themselves after a local street. Their self-titled 1991 debut was only available in the UK on import for some time, though in the US it created a lot of interest almost immediately, and eventually went platinum. Longstanding B-boys, touring for free and opening for Naughty By Nature, Cypress Hill represented rap's new wave. After the militancy and radicalism of Public Enemy and NWA, Cypress Hill were advocating escapism via blunts, and making it sound very attractive indeed, particularly to the all important white alternative rock audience.

The second album, rather than pursuing a more commercial bent, was informed by dark events in their home city, specifically the Rodney King beating. Black Sunday debuted at Number 1 in the US R&B and Pop charts in 1993, and contained the Top 20 crossover hit "Insane In The Brain". The gun-touting "Cock The Hammer' also turned up on the soundtrack to Arnold Schwarzenegger"s mega-flop, Last Action Hero. Their reputation for violent lyrics (a method they justified as: "not promoting, more explaining what goes on") was underscored when they appeared on the soundtrack for another movie, Mad Dog And Glory, in a scene which accompanies a drug killing. They also recorded tracks with Pearl Jam ("Real Thing") and Sonic Youth ("I Love You Mary Jane") for the movie Judgement Night. Their breakthrough in the UK came when they supported House Of Pain on dates through 1993, after which they achieved a string of Top 20 singles.

The latter crew, and several others including Ice Cube and the Beastie Boys, benefited from the services of DJ Muggs' in-demand production skills. Eric Bobo joined the crew in 1994 as percussionist. Their third long-player, the dark, edgy III: Temples Of Boom, lost Cypress Hill their college audience but regained the respect of the hip-hop community. It was also a commercial success, debuting at US number 3. Sen Dog left in February 1996 to work with his punk/metal outfit SX-10 and was replaced by DJ Scandalous, who had already worked with the crew. A nine-track EP of rare remixes followed before the members concentrated on solo projects, with Muggs releasing Muggs Presents ...

The Soul Assassins Chapter 1 and B-Real working with the Psycho Realm. Cypress Hill, with Sen Dog back on board, made an impressive artistic comeback in 1998 with Cypress Hill IV, although the album failed to break into the US Top 10. The double set Skull & Bones was divided equally between traditional hip-hop and more crossover-orientated material.

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Viva Cypress Hill | Reviewer: Claris | 11/22/10

Cypress Hill is dope! I love all there songz 4m Black Sunday lik "Break Em off Some", "Hand on the Glock", "Lick A Shot", "A to the K", " It Ain't Going out lik that", " Hits From the Bong", and especialy "Insane in the Brain" and all the other ones. "Rock Superstar" is wicked. To all the haters out there middle finger to u, Cypress Hill bad ass. Luv it, live it Cypress Hill
- Cypress Hill luv <3

After 2pac,they're the BOMB | Reviewer: Alfred | 11/18/10

i've been listening to this band since their debut in 91 till rise up, favorite album they ever had is skull and bones.and i love thier tracks like;''can't stop,wont'' stop,''the last assassin'',''jack u back'',''crossfire'',''scooby doo'',''just another victim''.start ur song by listening to cypress hill and u'll know what hip hop is all about.

cypress hill? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/10

i was reading some comments and there's one that says that they know what all teenagers like im a teen and i don't smoke i never heard of them until know that i have a project to do about them i admire them in that fact that they have made history i suppose in what they have accomplish but i don't think they should be admire just because they approve marijuana i think that if they like it is their problem but they should be giving good examples of life insted of making young teenagers go the wrong way that is why we live in a world like this because of drugs many people die drugs make help people forget their problems and make them feel better but still that does not solve their problems... Also i think many people die go to jail fight etc because of drugs and gangs...

<3 | Reviewer: sammskyler | 4/21/10

i fucken love Cypress Hill !! its the sheeeeit<33 this is somee good ass shitt to get highh too !! I Saw Them @ SMOKEOUTT '09 !! <3 Eversince I Heard " Insane In The Brain " I FUCKEN FELL IN LOVE !! Cypress Hill Allday Everyday<333 peace! smokeweed<3

smoke weed every day | Reviewer: brody | 9/23/09

hey brothers me n my mates r from redbank ipswich austraila. we r repin 4301. mate we r smashed all day evey day dudes u r the top shit out there we want to put a cone with use a. we alll no there is no chance but we would pulll the biggest storncher ever a just to even meet use would be a privlage. aight stoner out

alejandro | Reviewer: alejandro | 12/9/08

yer.. cypress hill is the shit, they know exactly what teenagers like, like,we all smoke weed, and so do they teens and them have so much in comon that's why we like 'em so much i recon. not to fond with the parents though. and when i'm half spanish i can understand all their songs, it's so cool. cypress hill, your the shit! ow yer and by the way, eres mexicano o colombiano?

whats crackin | Reviewer: you rock | 9/24/08

cypress hill is where its at. ive only listened to you for a couple years and i know all your lyric's. although you may not be popular with parents you know exactly what teenagers are into these days and we use you as a role model.
keep err up.
your amazing

That's what hip-hop is all about! | Reviewer: TribalSoldier | 7/5/08

Yo, I'm more into the new wave metal genre, but Cypress just blew my mind up. I was raised in Limp Bizkit, so rap and hip-hop was always close to me. Songs like Insane In The Brain, Lick A Shot, Trouble, Get Out Of My Head are just wicked. When I first heard Rock Superstar, I knew that someday I will go to their concert. Maybe next year if they will came again to VOLT Festival, and bring their mad hits from the bong.

cypress hill fan | Reviewer: cypress fan | 1/15/08

I've been listening to cyoress hill since they 1st came out in '91. Although I'm not a weed smoker, I really love their music. I have to admit te group itself are extremely talented. keep it up.

Cypress 4ever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/4/08

I think B-real is da best rapper ir da world . I'm listening cypress music every day . They're the best.Maybe one day i'll have all the collection of cypress songs . now it's not full. I dream that one day they'll come to our country(Lithuania) and i'll go to them concert and get high.

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