Cypress Hill [25th Anniversary Skull Edition]

Cypress Hill [25th Anniversary Skull Edition]

by Cypress Hill

CD(Anniversary Edition)

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Overview

It's hard enough to transform an entire musical genre -- Cypress Hill's eponymous debut album revolutionized hip-hop in several respects. Although they weren't the first Latino rappers, nor the first to mix Spanish and English, they were the first to achieve a substantial following, thanks to their highly distinctive sound. Along with Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, Cypress Hill were also one of the first rap groups to bridge the gap with fans of both hard rock and alternative rock. And, most importantly, they created a sonic blueprint that would become one of the most widely copied in hip-hop. In keeping with their promarijuana stance, Cypress Hill intentionally crafted their music to sound stoned -- lots of slow, lazy beats, fat bass, weird noises, and creepily distant-sounding samples. The surreal lyrical narratives were almost exclusively spun by B Real in a nasal, singsong, instantly recognizable delivery that only added to the music's hazy, evocative atmosphere; as a frontman, he could be funny, frightening, or just plain bizarre (again, kind of like the experience of being stoned). Whether he's taunting cops or singing nursery rhyme-like choruses about blasting holes in people with shotguns, B Real's blunted-gangsta posture is nearly always underpinned by a cartoonish sense of humor. It's never clear how serious the threats are, but that actually makes them all the more menacing. The sound and style of Cypress Hill was hugely influential, particularly on Dr. Dre's boundary-shattering 1992 blockbuster The Chronic; yet despite its legions of imitators, Cypress Hill still sounds fresh and original today, simply because few hip-hop artists can put its sound across with such force of personality or imagination. [In 2016, Cypress Hill was reissued in a limited 25th Anniversary Skull Edition box set, with the remastered album on CD along with a custom-designed black resin skull re-creating the group's 1991 logo in 3-D. The set also included a 100-page hardcover liner-notes book.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Get On Down
UPC: 0664425900521
catalogNumber: 9005
Rank: 58154

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cypress Hill   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Cypress Hill   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Brett Bouldin   Composer
Lawrence Muggerud   Composer
Muggs   Arranger,Producer
Jason Roberts   Engineer
Chris Schwartz   Executive Producer
Stacy Drummond   Art Direction
Dante Ariola   Logo Design
Louis Freese   Composer
Senen Reyes   Composer
Louis Folsom   Composer
Chris Faraone   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Joe "the Butcher" Nicolo   Engineer,Executive Producer
Alfredo Rico-Dimas   Layout

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