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Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom


4.0
excellent

Review

by 21stcenturyschizoid USER (6 Reviews)
March 1st, 2010 | 18 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


32292 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

KieranV
March 1st 2010


111 Comments


thats why you have stoned raiders as a 3 lol

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010


32292 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 2nd 2010


1011 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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

somberlain
March 2nd 2010


2123 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


9100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

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

Digging: Vision Video - Inked in Red

joesmoe4000
May 21st 2014


667 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.

Relinquished
May 21st 2014


46182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

123

HalfManHalfAmazing
December 20th 2014


2733 Comments


love the dark, brooding atmosphere of this one

BigHans
April 20th 2016


30957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cliches are fun!

Source
April 5th 2019


18491 Comments


Always thought the cover of this was sweet

StrikeOfTheBeast
April 5th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid album. May need to revisit soon.

Source
April 5th 2019


18491 Comments


Homie I'm the one with the shotgun in the closet

Next to the Glad bags full of chronic

Doibhin69
September 30th 2019


869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

underrated album

ItamarZ13
January 13th 2020


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Cypress Hill album I think

Thalassic
April 30th 2020


5284 Comments


Some of the greatest CH beats on here



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