Cypress Hill
IV


3.5
great

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
December 21st, 2009 | 24 replies | 8,487 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Somewhat of a return to form for the stoner SoCal trio but notch below their first two albums.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

After the greatness of their first two albums, their third "III (Temples of Boom)" was a huge disappointment and while "IV" might not be on the level of the first two, it's a major step up from their previous effort. After making nursery rhymes about killing cops on their debut, (the song "Pigs") Cypress Hill do a song from the other side's perspective. B-Real embodies the persona of a corrupt(obviously) police officer on "Looking Throug the Eye of a Pig" and tells a incredibly harsh tale about the things he's seen:

Hookers hustlers killers and thieves, out on the streets
Got my mind warped, just found another corpse on the beat
Bound gagged raped, I'm frustrated, I hate it
Found a woman in the dumpster, body was mutilated

But then admits "I'm worse than some of these motherf***ers I put away" an unexpectedly gripping story come from this group, also talks about seeing one of his friends taking evidence but "That doesn't concern me, we never rat on each other we went through the academy, just like frat brothers" over an electric guitar-laced beat which might of been a sign of things to come. A definite highlight of the album and maybe of their career, it ends on a somewhat lighter note with this "officer" pulling over a "Mr. Freese" (which is B-Real's last name). Unfortunately most of the album can't sustain the momentum of the first track, most of these songs are very average to below average but there are some outstanding tracks here even if they are few and far between. "Tequila Sunrise" is a looped mariachi sample that works amazingly well with a guest spot from Cypress Hill protégé Barron Ricks but the beat is the most memorable part of the track, DJ Muggs at the top of his game even though the rest of the crew might not be.

Of course there is the obligatory ode to the ganja "High Times," the Cheech and Chong soundbytes and although they broke no new ground with "Dr. Greenthumb," it's one of the best songs of the album and ranks right up there with "Insane in the Brain" as far as recognizable songs for the group. Sen Dog really does nothing to distinguish himself from the newbies Barron Ricks and Chace Infinite, sounding like a newcomer himself in the few spots he has. MC Eiht's appearance on "Prelude to a Come Up" is a welcome change of pace to B-Real's nasally whine and the other subpar rapping performances. He mentions a certain female on "I Remember That Freak Bitch (From the Club)" which apparently was in Playboy and Baywatch (the giveaway was "With those ELECTRic eyes")

A continuation of "Clash of the Titans" is listed on the credits as "Dust" which was also the name of DJ Muggs electronica/trip-hop album, giving a glimpse of what he would do in the future just like the metal-infused "Lightning Strikes" was a precursor to "Rock Superstar." Overall not a great album but it does however feature what are probably some of the best tracks of the groups career and it's worth having this if only for "Looking Throug the Eye of a Pig," "Tequila Sunrise" and "Dr. Greenthumb."



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combustion07
December 21st 2009



5329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review love me some Cypress Hill
"Hello my name is Dr. Greenthumb"

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


I'd like to tell you just where i'm from

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

combustion07
December 21st 2009



5329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In the hills where the trees grow wild with weed fields
The fucking pigs with shields holding the blue steels

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


Greenhouse effect with the weed connect
DEA can't keep greenthumb in check

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


would you say that that's their biggest song or is it still "Insane in the Brain"?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


Probably either Insane or Rock/Rap Superstar

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


I think "Dr. Greenthumb" was bigger than Rock/Rap Superstar

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


Not out my way, but obviously different given the regions

combustion07
December 21st 2009



5329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Hits From the Bong" is verrrry popular here

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


I'm out in SoCal which is where Cypess Hill are from, where are you guys at?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


New Zealand lol

Inveigh
December 21st 2009



24752 Comments


I'm in Chicago, Insane in the Brain gets the most play up here. Nice review as usual man, have a pos.

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


Thx Inveigh. You need to get some more reviews in yourself

Well kinda surprised that they're that well known in NZ tbh

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


Haha, why's that?

Inveigh
December 21st 2009



24752 Comments


Yep, I got the day off work on Wednesday, so I'm gonna try to pump out about 3 reviews (not gonna post em all that day, obv). Thinking about doing Atmosphere's Sad Clown Bad Dub II, Sims' Lights Out Paris and something more metal. Maybe The Empire Shall Fall (I don't think that's been reviewed yet).

Any others you would suggest?

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


Well they're not that big in this country, it's more of an L.A. thing, they've had a big following around here but not so much nationally

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2009



30865 Comments


Eh they do reasonably well over here, keen for their new album

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


You gonna do Murray's Revenge or should I?

combustion07
December 21st 2009



5329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm from Kansas City, MO
You should review Molested's album, not sure if you listen to death metal but it is quality stuff

somberlain
December 21st 2009



2121 Comments


Looking forward to their new stuff as well but considering their newest stuff I don't have very high hopes.



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