Thursday, September 11, 2008

688. Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill (1991)

Track Listing

1. Pigs
2. How I Could Just Kill A Man
3. Hand On The Pump
4. Hole In The Head
5. Ultraviolet Dreams
6. Light Another
7. Phuncky Feel One
8. Break It Up
9. Real Estate
10. Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk
11. Psycobetabuckdown
12. Something For The Blunted
13. Latin Lingo
14. Funky Cypress Hill Shit
15. Tres Equis
16. Born To Get Busy


Well this is quite a different West Coast hip-hop album. Firstly it's Latino hip-hop and that marks it as different by itself. The Latin influence is more visible in the vocals and lyrics than really in the music itself, which seems to be very influenced by East Coast acts like the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.

At least those are good influences to have. Another element that marks this album as a quite different one is its focus on weed. Yes, it's basically about smoking weed and chilling, but it isn't that laid back. They don't forget social issues.

So, I liked it, not immensely but there are plenty of tracks here to enjoy, some of the sampling is quite smart and it is at least original. It is at a higher level than most other West Coast hip-hop at this time. So good for them.

Track Highlights

1. How I Could Just Kill A Man
2. Tres Equis
3. Psychobetabuckdown
4. Hole In the Head

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Steve Huey of Allmusic calls Cypress Hill's debut "a sonic blueprint that would become one of the most widely copied in hip-hop."

Rolling Stone calls it "an album that is innovative and engaging in spite of its hard-core messages."

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.

How I Could Just Kill A Man:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Insane in the membrane!

Mans insane! Got no brain!