Album Details

RELEASE
August 13, 1991
LABEL
Ruffhouse
GENRES
Rap, Hardcore Rap, Alternative Rap, Latin Rap, West Coast Rap

Album Review

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.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Pigshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/pigs/id266796983?i=266797064&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. How I Could Just Kill a Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/how-i-could-just-kill-a-man/id266796983?i=266797225&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Hand on the Pumphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/hand-on-the-pump/id266796983?i=266797236&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Hole in the Headhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/hole-in-the-head/id266796983?i=266797272&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Ultraviolet Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ultraviolet-dreams/id266796983?i=266797361&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Light Anotherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/light-another/id266796983?i=266797394&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. The Phuncky Feel Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-phuncky-feel-one/id266796983?i=266797406&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Break It Uphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/break-it-up/id266796983?i=266797423&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Real Estatehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/real-estate/id266796983?i=266797428&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Stoned Is the Way of the Walkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stoned-is-the-way-of-the-walk/id266796983?i=266797479&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Psycobetabuckdownhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/psycobetabuckdown/id266796983?i=266797487&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Something for the Bluntedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/something-for-the-blunted/id266796983?i=266797497&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Latin Lingohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/latin-lingo/id266796983?i=266797527&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. The Funky Cypress Hill Shithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-funky-cypress-hill-shit/id192754650?i=192755325&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Tres Equishttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tres-equis/id266796983?i=266797648&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Born to Get Busyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/born-to-get-busy/id266796983?i=266797682&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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