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Cypress Hill

  • Cypress Hill [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1991] A-
  • Black Sunday [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1993] Choice Cuts
  • III (Temples of Boom) [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1995] Dud
  • Cypress Hill IV [Ruffhouse, 1998] Choice Cuts
  • Skull & Bones [Sony, 2000] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Cypress Hill [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1991]
"How I Could Just Kill a Man" is about what it says it's about, anger rather than advocacy, but that doesn't mean I buy their this-is-reality we-don't-glorify-it any more than anybody else's--putting a hole in someone's head because he's trying to steal your car is foul, not to mention bad for your health, and I wish they'd say so. Still, shit happens, and from their Beasties-Spanglish accents to their guitar-hip samples, it sounds different when these guys make music out of it--funny, for one thing, which in hard guys amounts to a new vision. They like hemp, hate cops ("pigs"), use the word "fag"in vain, and celebrate their neighborhood rather than their dicks. I like their music--plenty. A-

Black Sunday [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1993]
"Insane in the Brain"; "When the Sh-- Goes Down" Choice Cuts

III (Temples of Boom) [Ruffhouse/Columbia, 1995] Dud

Cypress Hill IV [Ruffhouse, 1998]
"Looking Through the Eye of a Pig" Choice Cuts

Skull & Bones [Sony, 2000]
Just how did it happen, do you think, that the inventors of rap-rock got lost in the shuffle? ("[Rock] Superstar," "We Live This S***"). **