Cypress Hill x Rusko
Cypress Hill x Rusko


2.5
average

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
June 20th, 2012 | 14 replies | 2,676 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cypress Hill continue to be Cypress Hill, and attempt to make up for creative shortcomings by changing up the timbre just one bit.

If you listen closely, you may just be able to hear the train wreck as loudly as I do.

The crash comes confidently, more self-assured than it should. It's preceded by other, louder, bangs – however, this accident's even more troublesome in the long run because it denotes the existence of a pattern. And every pattern has a very clear origin.

The more abrasive crossbreed of dubstep had just taken off in the United States a couple of years back. A Sonny-Moore-style conversion across the land, as well as Korn red-stamped endorsement, strengthened the genre's impact even further, despite its shifting characteristics. The genre always known for its emphasis on minimalism became utilized for exactly the opposite purposes for which it was intended – this switch affected not only the intentions of producers across the country, but also of yesteryear's musicians longing to yet again wash up on the modern shore. Why would a group like Cypress Hill, for example, not have another go at stardom? Why settle for a discography more and more tainted with each recent installment? Why not consult Rusko (often considered the founder of brostep itself) for a collaboration?

The end result isn't quite as frustrating as it could have been. “Lez Go” is actually a delightful track, Rusko's electronic patchwork engaging from the get-go. Cypress Hill's rebellious antics actually blending in with the thick backbone that Rusko provides, but this abrasiveness only works in this track while the others flounder. This is precisely the problem with Cypress Hill x Rusko – it's far too thick for enjoyment. Sure, it makes sense upon viewing the rap group's recent dabbling with nu-metal. They haven't been comfortable in their own skin since joining their scene, and it isn't a surprise that they would try on yet another costume to conceal a lack of fresh ideas. That's where Rusko comes in, contributing heavy backdrops intended for subwoofers in every college campus parking lot. And the problem isn't if Christopher Mercer's work on display blends with the group that could just kill a man – it's that the duo seem meant for each other, enhancing each other's bravado until there's not much incentive for the listener to even complete the album. It plays off just as expected, ending on even higher of a note than on which it started, and the 'experiments' contained within are the most gruesome. “Can't Keep Me Down” attempts to comprise three genres into a three-minute creation, and while the blend accomplishes what it intended, this doesn't mean it's enjoyable.

I wish I could argue that Cypress Hill are taking a path they didn't intend, or that they didn't know what they were getting themselves into by creating this EP. That'd be completely off the mark, though, because it's quite evident that this is exactly the path they want to pave. As more time passes, there will be even more artists that attempt to regain the momentum they held in their brightest hour, many of them quivering with delight at the opportunity that electronic music has provided them. There's nothing new here; another once-esteemed group of musicians decides to tread the trail of newly-paved brostep, and end up getting their shoes almost as tarnished as their reputation.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012



10064 Comments


"Lez Go" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRV-_bogGXY
"Roll It, Light It" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmZVsLTRaPI&feature=related
"Can' Keep Me Down" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ZtyV1kGMY

Meh.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012



4409 Comments


Good review. I'm not that familiar with Crypress Hill (except for maybe 4 songs). I may check this out, out of curiosity. Anyway, POS'd.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012



10064 Comments


Thanks Paperback. I really wouldn't bother with it - don't think it's your cup of tea at all. If you want, though, the first song I posted in my comment is definitely the best.

Foxxxy, yeeaaah.

Acanthus
June 20th 2012



9537 Comments


A lot of big words used to just say that the album wasn't that good.

They came a bit late with this release, two years earlier and this might have been received better.

bloc
June 20th 2012



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's fun I guess. Only heard it once though which says something haha.

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Acanthus
June 20th 2012



9537 Comments


I've got a track from it, works well in an Americanized dubstep-oriented club setting.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012



10064 Comments


"A lot of big words used to just say that the album wasn't that good."

Acanthus, you say this as if it doesn't describe the typical review! ;]

Acanthus
June 20th 2012



9537 Comments


Hahaha true!

It was a fun read, surprised that Dev didn't try his hand at this as well.

camaraderie
June 20th 2012



988 Comments


I really like cypress hill but this was really iffy, I liked it though.

Apollo
June 20th 2012



10290 Comments


everyone jumping on the 'dubstep' train including Muse (if the new Muse preview is to be taken seriously) needs to FOAD

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2012



31085 Comments


and after many a Sonny-Moore-style conversion and Korn red-stamped endorsement the trend became a movement in the United States.


This isn't technically true at all. It was already a "movement", hence why Korn were able to do what they did and why Skrillex has become so popular

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Apollo
June 20th 2012



10290 Comments


ugh

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2012



10064 Comments


I made an edit, Deviant. Thanks for the heads-up; I'm still learning about dubstep :P

ZenWhisper
January 1st 2013



1 Comments


"Lez Go" and "Stay Medicated" are two of Cypress Hill's finest.



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