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Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1991) | Review

Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill (1991) | Review

Cypress Hill’s legacy in Hip Hop is undeniable. Coming up out of South Gate (Los Angeles), California, the group consists of B-Real, Sen Dog, and DJ Muggs. Originally formed in 1988 as DVX (Devastating Vocal Excellence) with Sen Dog’s brother Mellow Man Ace as a founding member. After Mellow Man Ace left the group to pursue a solo career, the group soon became known as Cypress Hill, named after a street in their hometown. Cypress Hill is widely regarded as one of the main players in West Coast and 1990s Hip Hop, selling over 20 million albums worldwide and having obtained multi-platinum and platinum certifications. In 2019, Cypress Hill even became the first Hip Hop group to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In this piece, we will take a closer look at their highly original self-titled debut record, which introduced their unique sound to the Hip Hop world.

Cypress Hill, released in 1991 on Ruffhouse/Columbia Records, was a revelation. DJ Muggs’ production was funk-laced and bass-heavy, filled with creative sampling and scratching, and gave the album a dark and menacing atmosphere. B-Real and Sen Dog’s unique vocal styles added to the record’s distinctiveness, creating a signature sound that was instantly recognizable and unforgettable.

Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill (1991) | Review

The album’s opening track, the in-your-face sing-along “Pigs,” set the tone for the album’s rebellious theme. “How I Could Just Kill A Man“, the standout track, is an unflinching depiction of how violence begets violence and is now regarded as one of the most iconic tracks in Hip Hop history, with classic lines such as: “How do you know where I’m at when you haven’t been where I’ve been / Understand where I’m comin’ from / When you’re up on the hill, in your big home / I’m out here, riskin’ my dome“. “Hand On The Pump“, with its funky bassline and catchy hook, and “The Phuncky Feel One“, with its psychedelic beat are two other highlights, both showcasing DJ Muggs’ exceptional production skills.

But it’s not just those iconic Cypress Hill joints that make this album special. “Hole In The Head”, “Real Estate”, and “Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk” are also standout tracks that showcase the group’s ability to craft memorable beats and rhymes. “Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk” in particular has become an anthem for marijuana enthusiasts all over the world. The song’s catchy hook and celebration of weed culture have made it a classic that is still enjoyed by fans today. And while the group’s advocacy for cannabis use has been controversial at times, there is no denying the impact that Cypress Hill has had on the industry and the culture surrounding it.

In short: Cypress Hill is a timeless classic that remains a touchstone of Hip Hop culture. The album’s success paved the way for Cypress Hill to become one of the most influential and respected groups in Hip Hop history. Their distinctive sound and rebellious edge have made them an enduring presence in the music world, appealing not only to Hip Hop audiences around the world. DJ Muggs’ innovative work on the boards, combined with B-Real and Sen Dog’s unique vocal styles, created a sound that was both groundbreaking and instantly recognizable. The album’s confrontational social consciousness and raw lyrics spoke to a generation of fans, and its enduring popularity is a testament to the group’s lasting impact on the genre. “Hand On The Pump”, “The Phuncky Feel One”, and especially “How I Can Just Kill A Man” are the obvious centerpieces, but the whole album is FIRE.

Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill (1991) | Review

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