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CYPRESS HILL

Over the course of its 15-year history, Cypress Hill has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide; garnered 15 multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA; and headlined Lollapalooza, Woodstock and the group's own Smokin' Grooves tour, all while breaking down the barriers between hip-hop, alternative, metal, rock, reggae, ska and Latin music.Having arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cuba at the age of 14, Sen Dog, along with his younger brother had formed the prototype rap outfit, DVX. The line-up also included former 7A3 members DJ Muggs and B-Real, and when Sen ...

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Over the course of its 15-year history, Cypress Hill has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide; garnered 15 multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA; and headlined Lollapalooza, Woodstock and the group's own Smokin' Grooves tour, all while breaking down the barriers between hip-hop, alternative, metal, rock, reggae, ska and Latin music.

Having arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cuba at the age of 14, Sen Dog, along with his younger brother had formed the prototype rap outfit, DVX. The line-up also included former 7A3 members DJ Muggs and B-Real, and when Sen Dog's brother left to start a solo career, Cypress Hill was born, with the remaining trio renaming themselves after a local street.

Their self-titled 1991 debut was only available in the UK on import for some time, though in the US it created a lot of interest almost immediately, and eventually went platinum. Representing rap's new wave Cypress Hill's profile was elevated by extensively touring for free, and their fresh attitude following the militancy and radicalism of previous groups such as Public Enemy and N.W.A, made them even more appealing. Advocating escapism via cannabis, and championing the legalisation of marijuana, Cypress Hill took a completely different track from their predecessors, making there stand on the first album with tracks such as "Light Another", and "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", and later on with "I Wanna Get High", "Legalize It" and "Insane In The Brain".

The second album, "Black Sunday" debuted at Number 1 in the US R&B and Pop charts in 1993, and in the same year their breakthrough in the UK came when they supported House Of Pain on tour, leading to a string of UK Top 20 single debuts.

Eric Bobo joined the crew in 1994 as percussionist, and their third long-player, the dark and edgy "III: Temples Of Boom", was a commercial success, debuting at US number 3. Sen Dog left in February 1996 to work with his punk/metal outfit SX-1,0 and with DJ Scandalous in his place a nine-track EP of rare remixes followed before the members concentrated on solo projects.

With Sen Dog back on board, the Hill made an impressive artistic comeback in 1998 with "Cypress Hill IV", and this was followed by the release of "Los Grande Exitos", an album featuring Spanish version of all their hits. The double set "Skull & Bones" equally divided between traditional hip-hop and more crossover-orientated material, arrived in 2000, and with a live album release at the end of the same year, the Hill released their last studio album, "Stoned Raiders" in 2001.

Now back with their long-awaited seventh studio album on Columbia Records (and tenth release overall) Cypress Hill's impressive career is both summarized and advanced on "Till Death Do Us Part". Providing an overview of the bands varied palette, with straight-up gangsta rap, Hispanic rhythms, and pro-ganja dancehall reggae sitting back to back, this album proves that Cypress Hill are well and truly back.

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