Cypress Hill
Stoned Raiders


3.5
great

Review

by Are You A Wizard? USER (19 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Spark Another Owl

Cypress Hill are a group whose style has always been slightly influenced by rock. This fascination started when the band playing on festivals with rock and punk bands, and since then the group has experimented with adding guitar riffs into beats and merging rock and hip hop together. The band first fully explored this on 2000’s double album Skull and Bones, which featured both hip-hop orientated (Skull) and rock orientated (Bones) CDs. The Album was met with mixed reception which, whilst mainly positive, some felt that the rock CD seemed slightly tacked on and disjointed compared to the first disc.

Stoned Raiders is the follow up to Skull and Bones, and sees the trio experimenting with rock influences again, but this time integrating it with the more traditional hip-hop tracks. The album is predominantly focused on the hip-hop side, but tracks such as “Trouble”, “Amplified” and “Catastrophe” are backed with guitars rather than a sample or bass heavy beat. This works well with the chosen tracks, as it helps to capture the mood of the lyrics. Whether the beats are rock related or standard, they are still all solidly created by DJ Muggs, who also did a great job on the production of the album; the low end is heavy and the guitars are handled well; sounding crisp and clear.

In terms of lyrical content; B-Real and Sen Dog are on top of their game on most of the tracks, covering a wide range of topics including the band’s history and troubles (“Kronologik”), coping with fame (“It Ain’t Easy”), and of course, weed (“L.I.F.E”), it wouldn’t be a Cypress Hill album otherwise! Although, the band has clearly matured over the years and expanded their subject range, which helps to add diversity to the tracks and give the album more flow. Vocally, B-Real’s delivery and flow is the more complex of the two rappers, with more rhymes and witty couplets, whereas Sen Dog’s style is more of a straight attack on the mic and usually more violent and lacking in rhymes or wordplay. Despite this the interplay between the two rappers works and is another aspect which helps to bring diversity to the tracks.

A number of tracks are also bolstered by guest appearances. The most noticeable of these is “Red, Meth and B” which as the titles suggests features appearances by Redman and Method Man. This is one of the standout tracks on the album. A fantastic bouncing beat backs incredibly solid verses by all three performers, however the hook of “We don’t give a fuck, we live it up ‘til the day we die. You try to deal with us, but you got no blunts to get high” is a little cheesy and beings the track down slightly, but does highlight the laid back personality of the band.

Despite this, Stoned Raiders is a solid effort by Cypress Hill, and does not overstay it’s welcome with unnecessary skits or filler. All of the tracks are well executed and enjoyable with catchy lyrics and beats that will stay stuck in your head. The experimentation with rock has been refined since Skull And Bones and works well, but is not a crutch which the group relies on, as they can perform traditional hip/hop just as competently.



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kygermo
February 20th 2009


994 Comments


Word. This albums worth a couple'a chuckles.

Phantom
February 20th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's fun. Probably my favourite by them. My personal rating is higher because I've listened to it loads of times, but I don't think it's good enough to be given a 4 in review terms.

gaslightanthem
February 20th 2009


5209 Comments


good album, good review. now lets go smoke some pot

Phantom
February 20th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I rove you.This Message Edited On 02.20.09

gaslightanthem
February 20th 2009


5209 Comments


sucky sucky 10 dorra

bastard
February 21st 2009


3435 Comments


good review mang

scyther
February 21st 2009


1606 Comments


Blunt smokin', half a bottle of remi open
You either holdin' or half-assed like Simmy Colan
I leave ya chokin' on them lollipop rhymes ya callin'
So hard, hell I crack the shell on ya candy coatin'
If the shoes fit like Alan I be too thick
Ever since you hit, yo my new chicks a new bitch
Ya know if I can't eat, ya can't sleep
Plus I'm in denial, I just can't admit defeat
My mind is my glock, keep my third eye cocked
Bust mines off tops, leave a rapper's nerves shocked
Now who's hot and who's not
I want them rocks and that money in ya two socks
Meth the mister, if crime is an art, then let me paint a picture
I'm gone, Kodak can't even frame the riddler
Gold realin', Meth, doc, Cypress Hiller
Whoever think they fuckin' with that, lets be realer


jingledeath
February 21st 2009


7104 Comments


good review, probably not going to listen to this. not my cup of tea.

Phantom
February 21st 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments. This was my first review for a while, and first attempt at reviewing hip-hop. Good to know that it wasn't terrible.

Now I'm going to go play Street Fighter IV.This Message Edited On 02.21.09

scyther
February 21st 2009


1606 Comments


Damn I didn't even know this was yu'z, sorry I didn't recognize holla atcha playa lata.

Phantom
February 21st 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:-*

Meth's verse is awesome.

scyther
February 21st 2009


1606 Comments


Meth's verse is always awesome.

Phantom
February 21st 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Of course. It's a given.

random
May 10th 2012


2262 Comments


"Amplified" is awesome.

random
September 1st 2012


2262 Comments


"Trouble" should have been huge on the radio.



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