I’m sure everyone is aware of the Carter V that dropped yesterday. Personally, I was fucking with it. I need to listen a few more times, but it’s just great to see Lil’ Wayne finally get that album out. And it had some joints, some mature topics… I dig it. If’ you’re reading this, then I’m also sure you know Kanye’s new album is also releasing today to coincide with his appearance on SNL. While those are both important, I want to give some digital ink to a band that was influential in my discovery and deep dive into Hip Hop music and culture as a kid, the one and only Cypress Hill.
I was immediately grabbed by Cypress Hill and their early LP’s. The contradictions between B-Real’s nasal vocals vs Sen’s growl, the dark yet supremely funky beats of Muggs, and of course the subject matter which shifted from calls to marijuana legalization to violence without warning.
I still listen to Cypress Hill’s music regularly, and those first 3 albums never age. But Cypress Hill is not a stagnant legacy act. B-Real has released solo albums, as well as collaborative projects with Prophets of Rage (his super group with Chuck D and Tom Morello). Muggs has turned in albums and singles with the likes of Meyhem Lauren, Freddie Gibbs, Kool G Rap, Gza, and the crew has tour constant as well.
While Cypress Hill released Rise Up in 2010, it did not feature Muggs on the boards, making Elephants on Acid, a true return to that funky Cypress Hill shit.
Elephants on Acid stays true to its name. The album is thick, explorative, and certainly psychedelic. Muggs had dreams of Cypress Hill in Egypt. He listened to those dreams and eventually traveled there for this LP.
B-Real and Sen Dog are at their best over beats by Muggs, who helps guide and shape the music, much more than just a “produced by” credit. Elephants on Acid carries street narratives, along with the classic weed songs that fans come to expect provided via an experience that grows more immersive via Muggs instrumentals.
Stream the full LP below.