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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 28, 2018 | BMG Rights Management GmbH

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Eight years have passed since the Californians of Cypress Hill’s last album yet the band are still all over the scene, both with solo projects and collaborations. Cypress Hill’s energy on stage is unparalleled, which guarantees them a place at most festivals around the world. The promise of this new album, “Elephants on Acid”, is primarily based on the return of DJ Muggs, their brilliant producer, who is picking up right where he left off, between sixties psychedelics, blazing breakbeats and smoky mysticism. Just like on the very detailed gothic album cover, Muggs unearths a monster buried deep underground and resurrects the legend of “Temple of Boom”, the band’s labyrinth album released in 1995. Between drugs and spirituality, B-Real, the main rapper, reinterprets Cypress Hill’s rather dark repertoire, halfway between Los Angeles Latino culture and hallucinating fantasy à la H.P. Lovecraft. With a few more recreational tracks like “Crazy” or “Oh Na Na”, which make the group sound like a mutant gypsy marching band, Cypress Hill are revitalised, though slightly removed from the saturated guitars of their earlier releases. Ending on “Stairway To Heaven” which is reminiscent of the ethereal soul of Portishead or Massive Attack, “Elephants on Acid” is a multi-layered journey around the mind, in which listeners can both lose and find themselves. © Aurélien Chapuis/Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 19, 1993 | Columbia

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Black Sunday made Cypress Hill's connection to rock & roll more explicit, with its heavy metal-like artwork and noisier, more dissonant samples (including, naturally, stoner icons Black Sabbath). It's a slightly darker affair than its groundbreaking predecessor, with the threats of violence more urgent and the pot obsession played to the hilt (after all, it was a crucial part of their widespread appeal). Apart from those subtle distinctions, the sound of Black Sunday is pretty much the same as Cypress Hill, refining the group's innovations into an accessible bid for crossover success. In fact, it's a little startling how often Black Sunday recycles musical ideas and even lyrical catch phrases from the endlessly inventive debut. And the rock-derived, verse-chorus song structures start to sound a little formulaic by the end of the record (how many choruses feature Sen Dog repeating part of whatever B Real just said?). But in spite of that, Black Sunday still sounds vital and lively, since the group has a surer sense of craft. Most of the tracks are fleshed out into structured songs, in contrast to the brief sketches that punctuated Cypress Hill. The album benefits immensely from the resulting clutch of excellent singles (and songs that could have been), and while a couple of tracks feel redundant and underdeveloped, Black Sunday is overall a consistent, engaging listen, especially the flawless first half or so. Unfortunately, it's also the group's last great album, thanks to the musical recycling operation that began here and would handicap much of their subsequent work. ~ Steve Huey
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 13, 1991 | Ruffhouse - Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 10, 2014 | Columbia - Legacy

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 25, 2000 | Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 28, 2018 | BMG Rights Management GmbH

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2010 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 3, 2018 | BMG Rights Management GmbH

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 23, 2006 | Columbia

The first proper "best-of" from Cypress Hill arrives nearly 15 years after their debut, a surprisingly long time considering how compilation-happy their parent label, Sony, has been. Whatever the reason for it, the wait for this comp was entirely worth it, since Greatest Hits from the Bong is filled with top-notch tracks and saves the consumer from having to purchase the group's disappointing albums -- Temples of Boom, IV -- while leaving enough of their classics -- Skull & Bones, Black Sunday, and their nearly perfect debut -- unheard until the decision is made to dig further. The mostly chronological layout may seem dry, but it displays the growth of the group and all the risk-taking and genre-blending that happened along the way. Raw gangsta tracks and hedonistic odes to pot smoking give way to reggae-influenced numbers, layered Clash samples, and more intricate smoking songs. Two new tracks toward the end -- the Ambrosia-sampling "The Only Way" and the tight and hardcore "EZ Come EZ Go" -- offer something new for the regulars and while "EZ" is very good, "Only Way" is a hooky triumph. Including the reggaeton remix of "Latin Thugs" with Tego Calderón is a very 2005 move, but it's a hot track and if there ever were a hip-hop act that seemed a natural for the reggaeton explosion, it's this Latin, reggae-loving crew. With a running time of less than 50 minutes and the lack of an essay or words from the band, Greatest Hits from the Bong isn't perfect, but being all killer and no filler, it's close enough. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 25, 2000 | Columbia

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 24, 2018 | BMG Rights Management GmbH

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 22, 2016 | Ruffhouse

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 13, 2006 | Columbia

The first proper "best-of" from Cypress Hill arrives nearly 15 years after their debut, a surprisingly long time considering how compilation-happy their parent label, Sony, has been. Whatever the reason for it, the wait for this comp was entirely worth it, since Greatest Hits from the Bong is filled with top-notch tracks and saves the consumer from having to purchase the group's disappointing albums -- Temples of Boom, IV -- while leaving enough of their classics -- Skull & Bones, Black Sunday, and their nearly perfect debut -- unheard until the decision is made to dig further. The mostly chronological layout may seem dry, but it displays the growth of the group and all the risk-taking and genre-blending that happened along the way. Raw gangsta tracks and hedonistic odes to pot smoking give way to reggae-influenced numbers, layered Clash samples, and more intricate smoking songs. Two new tracks toward the end -- the Ambrosia-sampling "The Only Way" and the tight and hardcore "EZ Come EZ Go" -- offer something new for the regulars and while "EZ" is very good, "Only Way" is a hooky triumph. Including the reggaeton remix of "Latin Thugs" with Tego Calderón is a very 2005 move, but it's a hot track and if there ever were a hip-hop act that seemed a natural for the reggaeton explosion, it's this Latin, reggae-loving crew. With a running time of less than 50 minutes and the lack of an essay or words from the band, Greatest Hits from the Bong isn't perfect, but being all killer and no filler, it's close enough. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 1, 1993 | Ruffhouse - Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 7, 2017 | Columbia - Legacy

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 14, 2018 | BMG Rights Management GmbH

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 1, 1995 | Ruffhouse - Columbia

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 2, 2010 | Columbia

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Pop - Released April 1, 1996 | Columbia - Legacy

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Rock - Released September 5, 1998 | Ruffhouse

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