Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom


4.0
excellent

Review

by 21stcenturyschizoid USER (6 Reviews)
March 1st, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


After issuing the early rap-rock classic Black Sunday, Cypress Hill decided to go for the more sedate sounds in the production of Temples of Boom. This album stands as one of the best examples of psychedelic hip hop ever recorded. Cypress Hill are the rare example of a group that can release album after album of similarly-sounding and lyrically themed records and still be entertaining - kind of like a bong-toking hip hop AC/DC, except this is fear more mellow than Back in Black.

Here, Cypress Hill incorporates Middle Eastern music samples and beats that would not be out of place on a trip hop album by, say, Tricky. Lyrically, it's the same as any other Cypress Hill album - most of the songs are about getting stoned or threatening to *** you up. Wu-Tang Clan's production genius, RZA, also allows Muggs a little rest while he takes over the production on "Killa Hill Niggas", in which he and U-God contribute guest vocals.

This album also features the Ice Cube diss track "No Rest For The Wicked", in which the group claims that Cube's theme for Friday was a rip-off of "Throw Your Set in The Air" (which appears on this album as well). While this feud was later resolved, and the whole thing was most likely a coincidence than anything, this is one of the best diss tracks ever recorded, even if Ice Cube does happen to be the best rapper alive.

The album is at its most psychedelic on "Spark Another Owl" (not the only track on this album dealing exclusively about geting high) and the spooky "Illusions" and "Boom Biddy Bye Bye". Though not the most lyrically diverse album out there, Temples of Boom stands high against Cypress Hill's other records. It's a worthy listen, and one of their best efforts.



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KieranV
March 1st 2010


111 Comments


THROW YO SET IN DA AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIR

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010


31634 Comments


Cypress Hill are the rare example of a group that can release album after album of similarly-sounding and lyrically themed records and still be entertaining


False, Stoned Raiders is a terrible album.


This album also features the Ice Cube diss track "No Rest For The Record"


No rest for the wicked

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KieranV
March 1st 2010


111 Comments


thats why you have stoned raiders as a 3 lol

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010


31634 Comments


Yeah I need to change that, thanks for the reminder

ThePalestMexican
March 1st 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck all y'all, comin' off the wall
I got a nigga from The Source
Swingin' from my balls


Ahhh...good times

dub sean
March 1st 2010


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love this shit. The beef with Ice Cube made it even better.

somberlain
March 1st 2010


2121 Comments


"and the whole thing was most likely a coincidence"

no it wasn't, I love Cube and Cypress but Cube straight jacked that hook

"Killa Hill Niggas" is the best track on here

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2011


6357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Listening to this right now, first four tracks are win win win.

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joesmoe4000
May 21st 2014


371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the darkness of this album is so underrated from the atmosphere of muggs production to the
lyrics.It's also imo what makes this album the best cypress hill has made to date.

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Hep Kat
May 21st 2014


15453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea this is def their darkest and most violent-sounding material. i like black sunday the best, but the first four albums are unfuckwithable

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Relinquished
May 21st 2014


26107 Comments


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HalfManHalfAmazing
December 20th 2014


805 Comments


love the dark, brooding atmosphere of this one



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