Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill


5.0
classic

Review

by hauntedneden USER (4 Reviews)
August 24th, 2008 | 19 replies | 10,999 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A classic album that should be in every hip-hop fan and stoner's music collection. Roll up a blunt and enjoy.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Just the mere mention of the band Cypress Hill brings to mind several bong hits and the group's distinctive funk-and-rock-sample-based sound. From the opening drone of "Pigs" to the rocking "How I Could Just Kill a Man", honking "Hand on the Pump", each track successfully translating the feel of a marijuana high. Bubbling, wavy vocals, low basslines, rough beats, shuffling turntable scratches, and funky fly rhymes. Although it only takes one review to describe Cypress' lyrical subject matter (weed, women, street life), each album is continuously entertaining and innovative, and this one is no exception. "Pigs" is about the group's dislike for cops: "This pig harassed the whole neighborhood / Well this pig worked at the station / This pig he killed my Homeboy / So the ***in' pig went on a vacation / This pig is the chief / Got a brother pig, Captain O'Malley /He's got a son that'a a pig too / He's collectin' pay-offs from a dark alley."

"How I Could Just Kill A Man" references Suicidal Tendencies' "All I wanted was a Pepsi!" exclamation in its tale of its protagonist blasting a dude who tries to steal his stuff. The instrumental interludes "Ultraviolet Dreams" "Break it Up" are atmospheric enough to be the soundtrack to any joint-rolling session. The rolling bass intro of "Real Estate" moves forward into a gritty beat, guitar lines, hectic samples that fade in and out..."Stoned is the Way of the Walk" is slow and trippy. "Psycobetabuckdown" prominently features some of the album's most clever rhymes: "I increase my throttle, uplift my shuttle / Tribe in a huddle, pilot on auto, bro / I’m not a role model, more like a psycho / A Bates type of Psycho, cut you like Michael / Halloween character, or computer wizard / Hit you with the blizzard, cut your circuit with my scissors / Shorts'll get crossed while you’re in the crossfire / You get blasted, you dumb-ass bastard"

The Spanglish "Latin Lingo", "The Funky Cypress Hill ***", X-rated "Tres Equis" and smokey "Born To Get Busy" round out the album, the album's final hidden sound collage resembling the hip-hop equivalent of the end of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album sounds.....like fuzzy colors? There's really no way to adequately describe the sound of the album, just as there's no reason to explain why this is good music. I'm preaching to the choir here. Cypress Hill are true originals in hip-hop in that not only did they have their sound and subject matter down before they ever cut a record, they made the best album of their career the first time around, something very few artists have ever done - many of which seem to have been inspired by the unique sound that this record brought to the hip-hop game. Just listen to Enter the Wu-Tang, The Chronic, and Enta da Stage. Cypress Hill is a classic album, period.


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SHOOTME
August 24th 2008



2393 Comments


decent review, but may add a bit more detail, and maybe don't make a third of your review lyrics.This Message Edited On 08.24.08

comity
August 24th 2008



31 Comments


cypress hill suck

SHOOTME
August 24th 2008



2393 Comments


Eliminator

bustyagunz
August 24th 2008



911 Comments


yea, this is really well written but you spend way too much time with lyrics and naming the track titles rather than saying much about why this is classic.

combustion07
August 24th 2008



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cypress Hill is amazing.

quaazi
August 25th 2008



200 Comments


Cypress Hill is the only hip-hop I've ever liked...

Meatplow
August 25th 2008



5524 Comments


cypress hill are awesome

i have failed to check this album out however

rasputin
August 25th 2008



14504 Comments


INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE
INSANE IN THE BRAIN

dragonaut
September 18th 2009



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^The album that song is on is probably marginally better than this one.
Both are definitely classics though, shame they peetered out into mediocrity. I heard the song Man or something from their metal crossover album and it really sucked ass.
CYPRESS HILL HAS COME
ANY QUESTIONS ASK THEM

cobain94
April 7th 2010



23 Comments


these guys bore me... my friends worship these guys though

random
June 3rd 2011



2243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sawed off shotguns, hand on the pump!

Polymath
June 3rd 2011



3836 Comments


Let's get high

MUNGOLOID
June 3rd 2011



4267 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

latin lingo baby.

someguest
October 29th 2011



18941 Comments


didn't have to blast but I did anyway

that young punk had to pay

Digging: BABYMETAL - Babymetal

random
September 1st 2012



2243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"How I Could Just Kill A Man" rules.

BlackLlama
November 27th 2012



1372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Back in the day, this was relaxing music if you know what I'm saying *cough*.

Digging: Morgana Lefay - Maleficium

demigod!
December 10th 2012



40990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds so good right now im blizazed

demigod!
March 16th 2013



40990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HERE IS SOMETHIN YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAAAND

FrankieFrog
December 12th 2013



26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounds a bit dated to be honest....

Still a solid album. But there's nothing as good as How I Could Just Kill A Man on here.



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