Three decades ago, B-Real, Sen dog and Dj Muggs of Cypress Hill sparked a trip that left popular culture stoned, stunned and staggering in anticipation for more. In 1998, the trio certainly didn't look like any other hip-hop collective, sound like anything on the radio, or smoke like any homie, headbanger, hasher or hippie. Instead, they rolled up intense rhymes, hard rock attitude, smoked-out psychedelic production and Latin swagger into a one-of-a-kind strain on the legendary double-platinum Cypress Hill in 1991.
Not to mention, they made history as "the first Latino American hip-hop recording to go platinum."
Along the way, they sold over 20 million albums, packed venues around the globe and embedded themselves in pop culture as immortalised by a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019 and getting animated for an episode of The Simpsons. They would also be sampled by everyone from Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas to A$AP Rocky and Vic Mensa with Chance the Rapper.
However, some things don't change and Cypress Hill keep forging ahead. That brings us to the group's ninth full-length studio album, Elephants On Acid. Collecting possible ideas commenced as early as 2013. After dreaming of an out-of-body experience as a man with an elephant head, the vision of the album was born. In the end, Elephants on Acid represents all things Cypress Hill through and through.
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