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Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill

1991

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Cypress Hill

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I noticed some of the lyrics seem to imply that these boys are not on very good terms with the police.

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This album is funky and fun stoner psychedelic rap from the streets. Amazing stuff and it has a through line that makes sense in hip hop history.

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Cypress Hill is on that leading edge of gangsta rap going mainstream and, for purposes of cultural relevance, belongs on the list. That said, it's not my favorite. The boom-bap beats and devil-may-care delivery are fun but the lyrics just wear me down after a while.

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I remember hearing Cypress Hill a lot on the radio and I don't think I appreciated them at the time. I'm glad to have an opportunity to listen to them as an adult when I have a great appreciation for rap music

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420 stars.

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From bossa nova to Latin hip-hop. Wow, I think I'm loving Latin music. I'm not a big fan of rap and marijuana culture. So I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this impressive album. First of all, the beats and the sampling are awesome. Apparently, they made it marijuana-style psychedelic, which explains the trippy atmosphere of the songs. There is also something about their rapping that gets me. I like smooth yet solid nasal delivery, it's not overly angry and it fits perfectly with the beat. Overall, kudos for one of the first rap albums that I genuinely loved. PS. So that's one of the songs RATM covered. PPS. Cover art effort = 1/5; Production effort = 5/5.

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Unique flow, super fun record. Gives you a lean in your step. Figured that the delivery would get old after a little, but it never really did. Favorite tracks: "Stoned Is the Way of the Walk", "How I Could Just Kill a Man"

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5 out of 5 production - it is funky as fuck. The writing was pretty full on at times even by Biggie/Eminem standards but it didn't stop me nodding my head. Tres Equis and Latin Lingo are easy highlights (maybe because they're not in English - just kidding)

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Distinctive, cruisy and just great beats/samples. Reminds me of high school. How I could just kill a man is my fav track

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4.0 - Can’t believe I slept on this one for so long - it’s magnificent! The beats from start to finish are impeccable. The way they blend musical samples from so many sources and make it sounds that seamless? Incredible. I love the stories here. The rhymes and the flow are unique - I love that knucklehead scoundrel MC sound they got going. These songs transport you into their world briefly.

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Tough to evaluate, as Black Sunday is my all time favourite rap album but I somehow hardly ever listened to this....and Hand on the Pump/Glock opens a whole can of worms. By definition, a cover of a song you like is unlikely to match it, but what if the cover is by the same artist and you heard the cover first! At first this seemed to be a work in progress. There is something going down but it's not as slick, witty or inventive as BS, but the second half really starts to get it's funk on and points inexorably to the masterpiece that they produced next. Probably need to be young, frustrated and stoned to get the most out of it though.

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Good samples, lyrical variety with different deliveries demonstrated from song to song. Lyrical themes start off generally focused on taking tough and exacting punishment, especially on pigs, then transitions to blazing after ultraviolet dreams, offering a lighter tone to the album before finishing funky. Leans heavily on repeated choruses but the strengths are the verses. Distinct nasally vocals are occasionally distracting. Pigs, kill a man, phuncky feel one, Latin lingo

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Classic! Great beats and rhymes, inane lyrics that are both too silly and too violent to know what to think, and B-real's nasally voice, you either love or hate. So many songs have built off of samples from this album, listening to this is like a greatest hits of all the hip hop it inspired afterwards.

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I mean, genius stuff. Punchy, fluid. Great mixing. Inventing things and reinventing things. Gritty and angry, but playful.

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When it comes to hip-hop, I'm a fan of good lyrics. Why would you listen to someone talking for an hour if they having nothing interesting to say? Largely, this mean I'm not a fan of gangsta rap. However, I've I did have a soft spot for Cypress Hill about 15 years ago when I used to smoke weed. I had this album on CD and have fond memories of smoking bongs and playing old Sega games. Listening to it again after all these years, holy fuck I'm blown away by how consistently great DJ Muggs is. He takes short snippets of funk and soul, then transforms them into these new compositions which are quintessentially 1990s. It's amazing how much hip-hop producing had progressed since the 80s. In terms of lyrics, there is lots of stuff here about guns, drugs and cars... but it's nowhere near as obnoxious as most gangsta rap, and the two rappers have such cool, compelling flow. Overall, even though this is lyrically a little boring and even though I don't smoke weed anymore, this is an immensely enjoyable record. 4*

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I felt stoned just listening to this.

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C'est du rap

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Such great hip hop. Don’t think I’ve ever gone through this LP before today

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fucking love this album. the production slaps

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Vibes

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Schlimmes Artwork, aber geiler Oldschool Rap-Sound! Beginn der Westcoast Ära

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good

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Top 90s hip hop

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jag är ingen hip-hop-tjej men det här var något i hästväg. snuskigt bra.

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mierda clásica.

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I remember some of the singles from their second album and quite liked those, but for some reason never checked out their debut. Glad we got it on the list, because I very much enjoyed it.

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5

Great. Groundbreaking

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5, Certified Hood Classic

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really good, i love older rap and this just rly excells

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Yo this jawn is fire, haven’t listened to it in a long time but Sen Dog, B Real and DJ Muggs made an absolute classic here: banger after banger. Some of the best old-school hip-hop production you’ll ever hear is on this record… straight fire

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4.5/5. Quite classic and essential. 👍

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Nice album

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Man, that hit the spot. Some amazing beats, loved the deep bass sound, the party atmosphere. Hip hop is not my genre at all but thought it was irresistible. Music is weird like that. This is what this project is all about, finding cool stuff you wouldn't normally listen to. This is likely to become my go-to party album. Loads of great tracks but I especially enjoyed 'Light Another'.

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Like all great hip hop albums this was funky as hell. Short sharp and concise!!

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3.5/5. I liked this. I haven’t listened to much west cost hip hop, so it was nice to hear some new things. Definitely more violent than east coast.

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7/10

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Cypress cypress Hill y’all.

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4.20

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Loved hearing it from back in the day ... starts off really strong and fades in the middle a bit before coming back at the ends.

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Bars bars BARS

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Good album, good concept and good rhymes... it closes a bit claustrophobic.

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Good 90s rap

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Rap/hip-hopzinho bem bom, ouviria pra pegar estrada ou algo assim.

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Tara insists this is a fucking 4.

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Pretty good

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Klassiker

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It's no Black Sunday, but there are some solid jams on here. I especially love "Psycobetabuckdown"!

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SHEEESHHHHHH

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No pense que me fuera a gustar mucho el rap de los 90s clasico pero me sorprendio tengo varias canciones favoritas: Real State, Pigs, How I Could Kill A Man, Stoned is the Way of the Walk, The Funky Cypress Hill Shit

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Great shit. Beat can get a bit monotonous song after song, but generally each song on it's own is solid and the album is great.

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Phenomenal beats throughout, and every track is a lyrical blast. Opens strong and just gets stronger. Added to the rotation!

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not what i expected but still good

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33. No me gustan las cucarachas en la oficina. Me atrapan junto a la cocina y me suben las piernas. Me quedo quieto. ¡Que te calles! ¡Que se joda la policia, viniendo bajo la tierra! MotA: Pigs "This pig harassed the whole neighborhood / Well this pig worked at the station"

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Haven't listened to much rap, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but I liked it.

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Good one

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very fun, old-skool, group hip-hop

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Klasičan rap album gospode Cypress Hill. Odličan početak njihovog kataloga, još k tome posjedujem vinyl ovog albuma. Volim taj sirov zvuk i pucketanje na trakama.

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I say goddamn... this is bread and butter meat and potatoes gangster rap. Awesome samples, hard-hitting lyrics, nasty grooves. One of the best.

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30 years on and this still sounds fresh.

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Really enjoyed it. Wouldn't want to listen to it all the time though

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Top hiphop album, heeft ook wel wat punk influences en lekker donker

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Did not expect to like this album. But really liked it.

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Got the got the funky flow

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First exposure to Cypress Hill past "Insane in the Membrane" which I remember from back in the 90's. Good beats on this one! This is hip-hop I can listen to, perhaps it reminds me of the Beastie Boys. 4

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Mucho flow, mucho ritmo y qué onda el español metido ahí en dos canciones, jaja. 8/10

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Yesssss.

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Pure funky west coast hip hop.

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Hadn't heard their first album all the way through before. Epic.

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Would do 3.5 if I could. Solid rap album with an all time classic on it.

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literally half of these lines are about weed this is awesome

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I knew of Cypress Hill as a stoner rap band, but had not really listened to them outside of a couple of their more popular songs. I liked the music and production - really funky and interesting. Not a fan of some of the lyrics which covered your standard rap topics like threatening people with guns, getting high, bragging about how cool you are, getting laid, hating cops, etc.

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Great songs, and high ratio of head bobbers. I forgot that "How I Could Just Kill a Man" was their song, since I heard the RATM version first. Not sure which one I like better. The beats are just insanely catchy.

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Ah, the eponymous debut album. Why do artists do it? But, that aside, this is something else - a "sonic blueprint" apparently - I get that. Musically tight, historically important. And thankfully, no 'Insane in the membrane'. It's very good. For 1991.

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Great Cypress Hill album, had not listened to it for many years.

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Big album!

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4

It was really hard to get past all the casual homophobia but this is undoubtably a really strong album

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Hey ich fand das richtig gut. Oft schon im Laden nebenbei gepumpt aber jetzt erstmals ganz als Album. Finde die Flows haben sich so gut gehalten, sind wirklich on Point und ne wirkliche Steigerung von N.W.A. Era Rap. Die können sich halt immer noch ohne Einschränkungen hören lassen. Die Beats sind richtig fantastisch gecraftet. So Feelgood Funk Soul Sample zu nehmen und dann diese drückenden Drums drüber zu legen, die die nötige Aggressivität für die Texte schaffen ist richtig genial. Auch die Pausen in den Instrumentals mit Breaks und allem was dazugehört, wirkt immer noch wie ein Boom Bap Standard. Wir reden hier von 30 Jahren mittlerweile - merkt man wirklich null. Das ganze wirkt auch irgendwie verspielt und witzig aber ist nicht so corny wie letzens der Eminem. Die Tracks und der Flow nutzen sich leicht ab übers Album, ist aber wirklich nur ein kleiner Makel. Mann muss sich nur mal Danny Brown anhören, dann merkt man welchen Eindruck das heute noch hinterlässt. Starke 4!

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Hatte lustigerweise vorgestern schon das eine cypress hill album gehört und gestern war dann das andere dran. Die beats sind stimmig und für sich alles banger, insgesamt aber ein bissssschen same-y. Dass das oft auf mehr als 90bpm stattfindet finde ich eine gute Sache. Die stimme von b-real ist natürlich ein bisschen geschmackssache, war für mich aber eins der highlights des albums. Über die texte hab ich im grunde nichts zu sagen außer dass ich lachen musste über "you get blasted you dumbass bastard", psycobetabuckdown auch eh mein liebster track glaube ich. So isset

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I really enjoyed this one. Super easy to digest and enjoy hip-hop. Funky stuff can't complain

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Pretty groovy tunes, Will come back to it again, Thanks for suggesting. 7/10

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Sick stuff

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They really are Loco

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Another damn good rap/hip hop album. This one's got a healthy dose of humor which I enjoyed quite a bit. Funky in spots, it's also got an indie vibe that keeps me interested and entertained. 3.75 🌟

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Fav Song: Pigs

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Had this as a kid. Still lyrically dubious, but I still enjoy the samples, Pigs is a great sample choice. Listening now, I'm getting a lot of Shock G in the vocals - someone I'd never heard of back then, so definitely of its time. Enjoyed the nostalgia trip.

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Lots of catchy beats. I was happiest when I wasn't paying attention to the lyrics.

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I've never listened to a complete Cypress Hill album, as I assumed it might be a bit much for me...and I was right. I did really enjoy the beats and loops on many of the tracks. I even enjoy the nasal rap style of B-Real. The lyrics and lyrical themes (when I grasp the picture being painted) just don't excite me. I suppose that most of it is intentionally over the top, but it doesn't make it anymore interesting for me. I kinda wish the lyrical content was more inspiring to me, because I would really really dig this album then.

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I enjoyed the sound of this album quite a bit more than I thought I would. DJ Muggs created a variety of groovy sounds and beats all the way through. I liked the combination of B-Real and Sen Dog's voices playing off each other and the frequent Spanish appearing with ease. It does raise that age-old question of how to appreciate a really good jam that has challenging themes and lyrics. At best it's not going to join the family singalong, and at worst some of it is repellent to me, but it certainly doesn't veer too far from the tried and true themes of its genre. As such it was more enjoyable and interesting to me than a lot I've heard.

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Didn't finish

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One of originator's of West Coast Rap, Cypress Hill's debut. In the gangsta rap category but when I think of Cypress Hill I think of only one thing; and, yeah, most songs are about that. "Light Another", " Stoned is the Way of the Walk", "Something for the Blunted". Most songs have a great groove with interesting sampling and mixing. This style is unique in that it can be described as "laid back" hip-hop/rap (to me). Jeez, I wonder why. There's no doubt this an influential album and group. Rage Against the Machine covered "How I Could Just Kill a Man" in a much more aggressive way. "Ultraviolet Dreams" has a great "Fight the Power" groove and riff. Besides a great name, "Psycobetabuckdown" delivers some 70's funk. When you think of Stoner Rap, this group is at the top of the list. This album as a whole is a laid-back enjoyable listen and a much less "in-your-face" version of " gansta" rap when put it in that category.

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Didn't expect much, actually it's bloody brilliant.

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Of its time but also so unique in its style compared to the other rappers around. Those iconic voices and the Latino flavor really made this album an awesome debut.

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11th April 2022 Listened on the drive back from Yosemite to LA after a disappointing start to the holiday! Great to listen to west coast legends while driving down the west coast!

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Quintessential gangsta-stoner rap. Goes down like Mother’s Milk.

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Beats still fresh as fuck

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The birth of nasal rap.

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I wasn't so familiar with this album, more so with Black Sunday. Enjoy the album, I kinda phased out and got into the beats. No idea what the lyrics were about, getting stoned and police harassment I guess. Good album, shame about the artwork though.

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If I'm honest I got into this on the back of black Sunday which wa the album after. But after all these years sounds great. They crew a sound like no other with their funky break down and contrasting voices. Stoned is the way of the walk is still one my all time favourite hip hop songs.

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didn't fully listen, kinda goes tho

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1991. Key Songs: Pigs, How Could I Just Kill a Man

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Not what I usually listen to, but I'd give it another try. I liked the use of instrumentation alongside the rap!

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Classic sound. Never went out of my way to listen to them before, but I’ve definitely heard some of those songs played throughout my life. A bit repetitive.

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I struggle with Cypress Hill. I lost a few brain cells listening to this knuckle dragging caricature of a rap album. There’s a few consecutive tracks in the middle section of the album that are pretty good with some good beats, but on the whole it’s reasonably uninspired. B Real also sounds ridiculous

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Funky shit

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not my favorite album from them but not bad

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good album, not their best.

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a number of great cypress hill songs on this album. Including pigs and how I could just kill a man.

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3.75 great album

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I mean, you already know what this album sounds like. Cypress Hill

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3.5 | ¿Eres tú Fermin IV, Huidos o Emmanuel Horvilleur? Es impresionante el impacto cultural y estilístico que tuvo este disco en el rock y hip hop latinoamericano que vino en el resto de la década e incluso hasta el día de hoy. Me pareció un disco muy entretenido, especialmente en las letras y en los sampleos de música vieja. De hecho más entretenido de lo que esperaba, porque únicamente conocía la emblemática de la banda, y me Imaginaba que iba a ser muy monótono.

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3.5| Wasup Hommies!!! saquen la clika CH is in la casa. Mucho funk en sus mezclas junto con las rimas te llevan en un trip (musical no fumón) por los 70's-80's No creo que sea su mejor disco pero si creo que es el disco que dió pie a muchas bandas latinas para explorar el rap.

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Classic. Great study album

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Hard to give a rating. It's not a bad album by any stretch but after a while it becomes hard to distinguish between songs. Lyrically, its tight and there are some solid grooves they rap over but there are definitely better rap and hip hop albums out there.

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So I generally kind of hate 80s-90s hip hop because it's kind of corny and lame and super dated sounding. But this album is pretty tight so far. They made some pretty iconic beats

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Good ‘ol cypress hill

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3.5 | Creo que con el tiempo la gente hoy tiene una idea de Cypress Hill como si fueran una banda de novedad o un one hit wonder, pero se puede olvidar fácilmente que cuando salieron fue realmente algo totalmente distinto a todo lo que había. Tomaron una base y estilo de fraseo similar a los Beastie Boys pero trajeron todo su fondo musical directo del sonido del funk de los 70's (a un grado que parece, cuando solo se escucha la música como si fuera una película de exploitation de las que alaban Tarantino y Robert Rodriguez). El rapeo es de alto nivel y harto harto pegajoso, la combinación de los hermanos de la voz nasal aguda forzada y la voz fuerte cuadra perfecto. Temáticamente no despunta mucho obviamente, el 90% de las letras son básicamente sobre mota, pandillas o pandillas con mota. No es fácil transformar un género pero, a pesar de no ser los primeros raperos latinos, sí fueron quienes lograron dar un lugar al estilo, lograr seguidores y tener un sonido distintivo. Todo el hip-hop de costa oeste les debe mucho más de lo que se llega a aceptar. Su sonido se siente mucho más de lo que parece en los inicios de Dr. Dree o Snoop. Me queda la duda de por qué tomar el disco debut cuando su segundo disco es el que terminó siendo mejor material y aun más famoso (me parece sería mejor representante en la lista como para decir que es un disco obligado).

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Eh, gansta rap isn't really my thing. Cypress Hill carved out an undeniably iconic sound for themselves - you can tell a Cypress Hill track within seconds. Fave track... one of the ones with more Spanish, I guess? "Latin Lingo" or "Tres Equis"

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bueno

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3.75 on this blast from the past

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Buuuuaaahahhh

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Buenos ritmos. Funky divertido. Percusión a tope.

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If I was 15 it may have been a 5, as it is was a good hip hop album, nothing more

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Not my cup of tea but can see why it is a clarion call to those who get it

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disco interesante, una cancion en español que me sorprendio. sonaba mucho a molotov

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Cypress Hill kind of became a one trick pony. But there is some quality production on this project. Definitely some early 90s cruisin music.

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First time listening: 12/16 songs liked It's quite underrated for sure, as most definitive hip-hop albums are rooted amongst African-Americans. This stamps "Latino" all over the album. Wacky, ear-tickling samples, with the weird voicing of B-real, make for a classic album. 3 songs saved.

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Better than you think

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Pretty good old days.

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For an early 90s rap album Cypress Hill made something unique. Some of the songs are heavily weed based but that’s what they’re known for. The album is good but not as good as Black Sunday. 6.4/10

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Groovy beats. All the gun and violence imagery was a bit too much for my taste but I digged the rap flow. Light another is a favourite.

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Good for certain situations, wouldn't listen regularly

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He escuchado otros discos de Cypress Hill que están mejores, pero si entiendo que éste esté dentro del listado porque marca el estilo del grupo

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Good album, not great

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You know what you're gonna get with Cypress Hill. Classic Gangsta Rap, with lots of weed and guns. There's definitely some nostalgia factor going back in high school when you could build your personality around smoking weed. Definitely outgrown these kinds of lyrics/themes these days but I'll give it points since I used to love some of the tunes on here. I bet they'd sound really good backed by the London Symphony Orchestra, possibly while high.

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Bit of fun.

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Regarding B-Real’s choice of singing style, he “barely liked it,” but “learn to like it.” I haven’t.

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Pretty good in places, esp. the samples. Mixed well, so sounds good for '91. But I found it rather tiring to listen to overall.

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I didn't really like this album - not my kind of music I guess. They all sounded very similar to me. But these songs are very 90s which is nostalgic.

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El flow tan característic i associat a la banda ja començava aquí. El hit incontestable és 'How I Could Just Kill a Man', però la resta està a un bon nivell, amb la vena llatina més pronunciada que a treballs posteriors i la compenetració entre B-Real i Sen Dog ja liderant les composicions del grup

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Ikke lige min favorit type hiphop. Men flere gode beats og en fed start. Kvaliteten er høj men sangerens stemme irritere mig

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3/5

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fun

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Well better than Kanye West. That was a tough two days listening to that ass sandwich. That's all I have to say.

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really angry until they took to the mary jane, the old wacky baccy, da 'erb, reefer, the doobies. once that happened the album was a lot less about killing people and hating on pigs and just better in general.

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Está bien pero no es lo mio...

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Pretty classic, not as good as Black Sunday. Solid but not their big hits in my mind.

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Some decent hip hop, even if some of the tracks get a bit samey

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I’m in no position to judge this genre, but I will say that it’s “fun” to listen to (which, I know, is not the intent). Cypress Hill is definitely unique in this space. They developed their own sound, and I can appreciate that. It grinds on my after a while, though.

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Nice album rap. Mais un peu redindant. Jaime quajd meme. 3.5

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Not bad, not great

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I don't have much to say. A lot of this late 80s/early 90s hip hop sounds very similar to me. Cancel me if you must. 3/5

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Liked it. I never paid much attention to Hip Hop in the 90s, now I'm liking it and this had it's catchy moments.

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Ehtaa Cypressiä, varma kolmonen

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Se oli ihan toinen levy jota soittamalla kulutettiin aikoinaan puhki, mutta ihan hauskaa menoa tässäkin on.

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It's okay

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Hip hop con ritmo. Me ha gustado.

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Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa.

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I don't really care for CH's jokey-style of hip hop but that's just me. I can appreciate their work though. 6/10.

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some slick production but the messaging is off-point

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Oof, usage of gay slurs has not aged "Pigs" well. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" is pretty iconic though. Interesting some of the lyrics are very close to some Rage Against the Machine's later works, so clearly they were influenced (not to mention they toured together). Some of the lyrics are so silly though, "Scooby Doo ya'll" made me laugh out loud. It's okay, I see the influence but for me the execution isn't my hip-hop style.

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Has a sound somewhat similar to Public Enemy from the same era, but lyrically more focused on hardcore street life than political awareness. They definitely have unique voices and flows. But where they shine, in my opinion, is when they incorporate Latin percussion and Spanish lyrics. Ultimately, I find the gangster rap thing kind of exhausting over the course of an album though.

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Well, they have a place in this genre. It's hard to evaluate so many different sides of hip hop. They sound polished and their lyrics are quick and strong. The sound is unmistakable, and clearly they took the west coast hip-hop style and ran with it. They are the product of a violent sub-culture, and on one side, like NWA, they comment on the violence around them and the disparity between groups, and they also glorify violence both as posturing and as a way to promote the conversation. This is distressing and requires context to understand appropriately so not to consider it glorification. That being said, I think Cypress HIll lean too far into the violent side without much explanation. The gangsta side is pretty heavy handed here, but the pro-marijuana element is a nice side theme to their work. Overall, this is a pretty solid album, albeit, the emergence of the band more than what I think they were capable of becoming, which their next couple albums accomplishes. 3.5/5

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Captures the rap scene right as it is transitioning from "I went to the hat store and I bought myself a hat" and "I am going to fucking shoot you in the fucking face". I think I prefer the Rage Against the Machine version of Kill a Man, but I respect the original and I am glad to have heard it. I love that 99% of rappers are, at their heart, real big goof balls. It's a genre that is meant to be playful and silly, and is at its best when it is done so.

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Identifying Cypress Hill : It’s the album Cypress Hill by the band Cypress Hill

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This is the funky Cypress Hill shit.

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Would give it a 3.5

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I recognize Cypress Hill’s unique style. The samples are on point as is B-Real’s nasally voice. The music holds up. The lyrics are another thing.

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I actually enjoyed the overall sound, groove and harmonies. Sort of mix of reggae and rap. My issue is the lyrics. Really liked "Hand on the Pump", but the excessive use of the N*** word and the topic (killing) are really off-putting. Lead singer's (B-Real) voice is high, almost nasally, but I found it a great sound. Another singer (Sen Dog??) has a low rap sound, and they play off each other nicely. Fav song is "Latin Lingo". Has a great base line and the rap is mesmerizing. Added to personally library !

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3.5/5 While parts of the album definitely place it in a specific time frame the beats and samples on most of the songs still sound great. The unpolished feel of the album compliments the delivery and flow of the lyrics. I start to get a bit tired of the constant energy about halfway through. I’m not a huge fan of stoner rap, but this album showed me that the group is definitely more than their hit “Insane in the Brain”. Fav Songs: How I Could Just Kill A Man, Hand On the Pump, The Phuncky Feel One, Psycobetabuckdown

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I saw Cypress Hill at the Hordon... That was B-Real.

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Good

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The vocals have always grated a bit for me, then the disappointment that “Insane in the Brain” is not on this album…but it’s okay, not as adventurous as The Beasties but alright.

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I'm tapping out. I just don't low rap well enough to know how important this was or wasn't.

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Pretty good - though I like Black Sunday better

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Die Beats sind mega nice, extrem funky und vielschichtig. B-Real und Sen Dog? n@j@. Die beiden können nicht wirklich gut rappen, B-Real hat wenigstens noch seine charakteristische nasale Stimme, die seine Performance ein bisschen interessanter macht. Wenn Sen Dog das Mic in die Hand nimmt muss ich nur gähnen. Bei beiden viel zu viel Monotonie. Spricht auf jeden Fall für diese Beats, dass es trotzdem über die ganze Laufzeit nicht langweilig wird.

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dieser old school hip hop ist wirklich nicht mehr meins und sowas habe ich auch seit jahren nicht gehört. hier sind ein paar gute tracks dabei, die produktion ist meist gelungen und die lyrics sind ok. irgendwas über diese musik spricht mich nicht an, vielleicht bin ich auch einfach einen anderen rapstil gewöhnt. hier werde ich wohl nicht so schnell zurückkehren. tut mir fast leid, dass eminem nur einen stern weniger hat, aber was soll man machen...

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Sehr starke Beats und auch eingängige Flows, viel mehr kann ich da denke ich nicht zu sagen, eben ein gut gealtertes 90er Rap-Album. Nicht viel für mich rauszuholen

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Rating: 6/10

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Fantastic production, especially for an early 90's release. Starts off with some strong tracks and kind of mellows out after that. It's consistent, just not all too exciting.

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2nd listen. First time I gave this a 2/5. I think the album starts really strong and tapers off a bit at the end. Maybe I just get tired of the style too quickly. Still, I like it much more this time around. 3/5. Next time, maybe it will be a 4/5. :)

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This list has turned up a little more 90s hip hop than I strictly feel a need for. The rolling delivery and wit to these lyrics carries this along, but all the typical issues of the genre and era (homophobia, sexism, glorification of gun violence) has begun to sour it a little much for me.

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What I remember. Not really gangsta rap, but still loud and edgy enough to make suburban parents freak out and for their kids to want to listen to it. Big beats and some booming vocals.

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2/22/22

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The first song was a hard no. I understand problems with policing in America, but this song isn't going to win me over to your cause. Then a series of gun violence songs left me wanting to turn this off. Fortunately at track 5 we get into some other subjects (getting high mostly - although I recommend you not drink 'that funky Cypress Hill shit'). I was actually enjoying some of the songs that didn't seem to focus on killing, abusing or slurring people. The beats are great on this - I enjoyed a lot of the music. But those first 4 songs...

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The lyrics are on point and the groove is really good, though I'm not a huge fan of the nasally vocal delivery. Still pretty enjoyable... how i could just kill a man and hand on the pump are just stellar.

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6/10 had some cool moments but falls pretty flat compared to the other 90s rap i've heard.

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Pretty sure I would have had very little of good to say about this when it was first released. I can say in my defence, I would not have understood a thing about the album, or where it came from, but looking back and listening to it now just makes me realize musically how out of touch I was.

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I remember not liking this at all when it first came out. Now, I quite like it. That's largely reflective of my views of hip-hop at the time vs now.

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Good rap and great production. Not quite my style overall, but well done.

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Very nice contrast to yesterday's mc solar french rap. Cyress hill comes as 'grittier'. Good weave of music and lyrics

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cypress hill has its own style in the rap genre that is a bit hard to compare to other groups from the same era but its entertaining enough

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Ik ben absoluut geen fan van rap, maar ik kan Cypress Hill prima luisteren. Ik vind de beat wel relaxt en de rap-stem heel toegankelijk. ***

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I didn’t listen to it all but I got the idea. I didn’t enjoy the samples, especially the “what does it all mean”, which is used by someone else in another song. I’m tired. Brain not work.

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Repetitive bangers. I mean…

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Pretty good

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Tiene un par de canciones que recuerdo, pero el rap no es mi género favorito, así que suelo escuchar algunas canciones. Es muy díficil que aguante un disco completo.

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Honestly, I expected to hate this one, so I'm giving it bonus points fot being way better than expected and for not hating it. The vocals are occasionally annoying, but fit the music well and I got used to them after a while. The instrumentation is actually nice - I like the funk-rock influences apparent in the music. Usually I listen to at most a minute of the first 5-6 tracks of rap albums before giving it 1 star. But I listened to this album from start to finish and it was totally fine. Probably a 2.5 for me, rather than a 3 but rounding it up because it's so rare that I can listen to an entire rap album.

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It's not Black Sunday, is it?

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This was fine.

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variations on a theme of squeak

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Oldie. Not my fave. The voice gets too redundant.

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Fun

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It’s a little tedious, the first three songs all revolve around gangster posturing about killing people, the rest didn’t really hold my attention. Solid beats though.

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wel oke, niet speciaal

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Bit samey.

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Very rudey

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Este disco es interesante porque yo ubico a Cypress Hill un poco más "moderno", cerca de los 2000's, y todo este disco tiene claras influencias del rap / hip-hop de los 80's. Obviamente no soy experto en el género, pero imagino que este disco marcó una transición. Aún así, y aunque algunas canciones están chistosas o interesantes, no soy fan del género, ni del artista.

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It's fine, but I only need 1 or 2 cypress hill tracks

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They did more than Jump Around? Funny, didn't sound like it...

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not good

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Never been a huge fan of Cypress Hill's style...

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Hip hop rollo.

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“Cypress Hill” by Cypress Hill (1991) West coast hip hop with (of course) attitude. Dispensing with the moral outrage (pro or con), let’s listen to the artistry. Violence and drug use depicted with elaboration and panache, with a healthy attention to detail, these lyrics are not simply fashioned to fit groovy music. They raise wallowing to an art form, even if the topical range is oh so limited and predictable. Interesting (to me) that “Hole in the Head” and “Ultraviolet Dreams” do NOT receive an “explicit” advisory. The group Cypress Hill receives no treatment in Bradley and DuBois, “Anthology of Rap” (Yale University Press, 2010), and this is telling. I’d rather listen to Lauryn Hill than Cypress Hill. Excellent production values, and plenty of evidence of professional collaboration. Background vocals are very well arranged, with intricate weaving of several competent voices. But the vocals are too diminished in the mix. Effects are too subdued. There is much that is too puzzling about this album to attract an interest beyond the all too limited range of the lyrics. There’s much better hip hop out there. 2/5

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Brings back memories, but I really couldn't into it. Maybe was my Headspace. The one voice was a little too needling.

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2/5 naaaahh

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Songs Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Real Estate Cutting Edge: Break It Up Overall Notes: Not really my thing, high pitched delivery jarring at first but you get used to it, preferred the second half to the first

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I 100% understand why this album should be on this list, but man I just did not enjoy it much.

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Childish themes (guns and marijuana). Cool beats and samples (got some Dusty Springfield too)

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Not strictly bad, just boring.

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Je peux citer aisément 300 rappeurs plus agreables à écouter que cette daube

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Not for me, Clive

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Meh. Cool vocals but pretty generic

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It's bouncy, OK, but otherwise not to my taste

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music is okay but theyre as annoying and unlistenable as beastie boys.

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An ok listen, not really outstanding for me. Best: How Could I Just Kill a Man, Hole In the Head Worst: Psycobetabuckdown, Latin Lingo 2.5 Stars

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old school rap Lead sounds like a better version of Danny brown but there's nothing really interesting here

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The sound of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Liked a few songs, How I Could Just Kill a Man was good. A bit samey overall though.

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Rap nicht so meins

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tampoco le preete mucha atencio tmp creo que algun tema estaba guapo ahi el malianteo tall

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Not exactly my cup of tea but interesting enough to listen all the way through. Once.

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sounded dated to me

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Not my bag really but didn't mind listening to it.

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The album starts strong, but I lost interest soon after. Probably wouldn't be the Cypress Hill album I'd pick for this list.

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First listen. For me now it is a 2/5 May get better over time.

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Шумный рэп 90х Мне не зашло,)

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don't like rap

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Absolutely glorious beats but the lyrics date badly. Lazy homophobia and posturing with clever couplets few and far between.

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Cannot stand this clown. Total and utter knob who cannot handle fame or fortune very well. Bit shit at rapping too. He’s not exactly vanilla Ice

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This helping of early West Coast hip-hop painted vivid pictures and brought some funky beats, but felt very uneven- didn't quite hang together in the way I'd hoped. Together, "Pigs" and "How I Could Just Kill a Man" made a formidable intro. The first track calls out police corruption and privilege with a knowing grin and a gristly end, and the second (the album's biggest success) scores with its line "Here is something you can't understand/how I could just kill a man." It feels like a simple, immediate illustration of the gulf in experience, understanding and culture between gangsta rappers and their privileged white listeners. The first two tracks examine the gangsta lifestyle as a product of inequality, systemic exclusion, necessity. It's interesting stuff, but most of the rest of the album seemed to be standard pursuits of the pleasures of smoking and shooting, with a few homophobic lyrics thrown in. It's not all a drag as we get some upbeat sampling and impassioned performances: I had a lot of fun with "The Phuncky Feel One" and its denser, more cacophonous counterpart "The Funky Cypress Hill Shit", and "Light Another" had a good stop-start bassline and intermittent horn samples which helped to sell it as danceable music. My main issue was the feeling of treading water after about six or seven songs. Many of the tracks felt repetitive even at only 3 minutes, with a single loop and little variation in sound, as well as limited exploration from B-Real's vocal lines and rhymes. The interludes didn't really add anything for me and didn't serve the album's flow- "Ultraviolent Dreams" is a semi-trippy throwaway experiment, "Break It Up" a single line looped round to no effect. When "Tres Equis" came around, it was a nice surprise to have explicit encounters rendered in full Spanish. More of this sort of experimentation and playfulness would have been a lot of fun. On the whole it's not the best I've heard, but has a couple of powerful songs in the front half which I can appreciate it stakes its reputation on.

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not my style

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Decent early 90s rap. Doesn't blow me away. I do like B-Real's nasally delivery, but that is probably the most memorable part of the album. 2/5

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Like the beats. Good flows. Not my style lyrically or sonically.

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90s hip hop. Not bad but not my thing

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Not my style

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"one of the best hip hop albums ever released". Repetitive, uninspired, looped and sampled with discernable musical input at all - it's hopeless doggerel chanted over snippets of other songs. This isn't music. What's the point? Why does half the world think rap is music? Amazing.

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i never liked cypress hill.

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Fair

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Just didn't dig it. It's ok hiphop But not really my schtick 2

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I have clear memories of "Insane in the Brain." However, all other recollection is as hazy as a Cypress Hill concert. Now getting reacquainted with them, I have discovered that it wasn't all wacky songs about getting high. It was songs about getting high, or songs about killing people. Sometimes in the same song. What kind of weed were they smoking!? These dudes really needed to chill out on the couch, eat some snacks, and laugh at something dumb on television. Or anything else that would keep them off the streets. Cause damn they sound violent. Cypress Hill is perhaps an important link in the chain that gets us from early hip hop, to early 90s gangsta rap, to rap rock, rage rock, and rage rap. Or whatever all that ultra-angry crap in the late 90s was. I bet Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst really liked Cypress Hill, only he wasn't anywhere near as hard in real life as B Real. I think Cypress Hill also likely influenced Insane Clown Posse. This album stood in stark contrast to 2Pac, which we listened to last week. 2Pac's lyrics absolutely delve a lot into gangbanging and the violence that comes with it. But the difference is that 2Pac had a depression resignation about the life, while Cypress Hill is glorifying it. That was a big turn off for me.

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I didn't like Cypress Hill is the 90s and still don't like them.

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It was better than I expected it to be. Hip hop just really isn’t my thing. Fav song: Stoned is the Way of the Walk

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Good lyrics and samples but it wore on me after awhile. It was a relief when Latin Lingo came on to shake things up a bit. This is a strong 2.5 and I was heatedly debating with myself whether to round up or down. I gave The Pharcyde and Outcast both a 3 but I think those two are better records so this gets a 2.

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Hab nicht aufgepasst und mag keine Kiffer Musik sry

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erinner mich grad daran, dass ich die 2012 mal gesehen habe..meh. Fühle die nicht, überhaupt gar nicht Fan von den flows, den beats. Nicht so gut gealtert für mich. Aber immerhin sind nicht die extrem nervigen tracks hier drauf.

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Vor 20 Jahren hätt ich das bestimmt cool gefunden, heute fand ich die letzten 4 Tracks ganz Chillig und alles andere fast unerträglich

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2,5; amazing How I could just kill a man; album is not bad, it's just kinda boring

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Glad to have listened finally, but won't be riding this train again. Unless my nose gets really blocked, and I find myself very high on herb.

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Hip hop

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Reminds me of living in California as a kid Pretty fun but not my style, as is most hip-hop.

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It was fine but i didn't like it

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i dont like rap

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Naaa. Not for me.

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I really like their sound. But everything sounds insane in my membrane after a while.

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4/10. Not my thing

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Well, I know what song I'm singing next time I play "this little piggy" with my kid's toes!

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Most tracks start out strong with great samples and defiant bars, but run into trouble when they get stuck in an infinite loop (i.e, "Hole In the Head") before hitting lazy fade-outs every single time. The LP would be so much well-composed if the tracks maintained their energy through variation and actual endings rather than disappearing like puffs of smoke once they've seemingly run out of ideas...

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Best Song: Hole In Your Head. Something about the grating voice really works on this kind of schoolyard bullying track. And you can't tell me "Scooby dooby doo y'all" isn't a fun lyric. Worst Song: Stoned is the Way of the Walk. So choppy in the delivery that it makes me feel like English isn't my native language. Overall: For some reason, I've always thought that Cypress Hill was the rap version of The Smashing Pumpkins. I think it might be because both vocalists sound like they were born without mouths and have to sing exclusively through their noses. The beats are solid, in-your-face, 90's fare, and the lyrics are alright, but I just cannot cope with that voice.

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03/29/2022 Not a bad album, but also not very distinctive. Maybe this one just wasn’t for me.

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I smoked a lot of weed in high school listening to this album, but I feel like it hasn't aged as well as other hip-hop albums from the late 80s/early 90s. The beats are pretty good, but the lyrics are terrible. Couldn't make it past the 4th track. 2 stars for nostalgia. 2/5

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i listened all the way throug but i didnt like it. 2strs

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I'm all on board with anyone advocating for the legalization of cannabis, but this got old in a hurry. As in, after the first 3 tracks. Quite ahead of their time on the whole problem with law enforcement types though.

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It was fairly meh. Almost a parody of Cypress Hill... (I appreciate how silly that sounds).

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This was a more tuneful sort of rap than some but by the end of the album the tracks were beginning to sound very similar. It was alright but I wouldn’t seek it out again. I’m going to be hard and give it 2*

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Apparently this is pioneering but I'm sure by '91 some pretty similar sounding rap had already been released? Shows what I know, I guess. I like it in small doses but the relentless one-bar loops on every track start to grate pretty quickly - it could use more differentiation. 2.5

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Ok, but quite forgettable debut. Black Sunday is way better.

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Just wasn't a huge fan.

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Dang, bad stretch lately. I didn't like this at all.

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No.

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No thanks, got to track 5, there's much better at this sort of thing.

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Sorry, I still can’t stand this genre

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Nah...

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Hiphop, urgh

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Not really for me. I could listen to one of the songs on here and that would be all I need of the album. Reminds me of playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater though which is cool :P

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So far, all the songs sound alike, repetitive and annoying. It's like an ice pick to the brain. Literally. I'm 3 songs in and I have an excruciating headache.

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horrible

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I simultaneously think that there should be more rap/hip-hop on this list and then, every time a record from the genre comes up, I don't really want to listen. After that, one of two things happens. I am pleasantly surprised and end up really liking it (see Frank Ocean from a few days ago), or I just want it to be over. Cypress Hill falls into the second category.

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Trite, repetitive, and boring as fuck.

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nope. but I will say I like some of the beats.

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nope

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Good God... I wish I could give 0/5

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Ugh. I hate this shit. I considered giving this another star since it was a huge part of my late "high" school years, but giving it another go thirty years later reveals it's total disappointing garbage with little substance. Also, B-Real's whiny girl-voice makes this even less tolerable. Cypress Hill, along with Chronic set the stage for all the shitty gangster spliff crap to come for years afterward. I hate it.

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Nope nope nope nopenopenopenope. NOPE.

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Beats are very simple and I am not a big fan of the funk mixed with the beats. Additionally, the rap is boring, classic 'I have the biggest dick'-rap, I am not struck but the lyricism. Additionally, the vocal style is grinding me down. It has this retarded twang. Overall, the album is pretty annoying and boring to listen to for me. The interlude Something for the blunted which is guitar driven with a funky notes is the best thing on the album for me (likely because it doesn't feature rap. Furthermore, it seems more like a sample that can looped which I enjoyed).

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Years ago, while living in Texas, I would join forces with likeminded folks crossing the border from El Paso and on into Juarez, Mexico for the purpose of building very simple homes made of concrete blocks and stucco for extremely poor working families. I didn’t mind the physical labor, the heat, the camp food; but the trash? That was another matter altogether. Juarez, situated in an otherwise quite beautiful desert landscape, is entombed in litter. This distressed me worse than being offered a glass of water drawn from one of the crude cisterns they had made from old steel drums of the sort shown on the cover photo of 'Cypress Hill.' Rather than collecting water, Cypress Hill is using theirs to burn garbage. And I guess if I lived in Juarez permanently, or an environment like the one captured on the cover of this LP, then I might be plenty pissed off, too, like Cypress Hill. Or, maybe I’d just get really high and ‘feel one with the earth,’ as they rap about in conclusion. But both at the same time, together? Conflict of interest, in my experience. And Cypress Hill’s not just plain pissed off, either. They are ready and willing, even eager to destroy. Most of this LP is, if not a celebration, certainly an approval of violence (mostly firearms, but there are other methods offered, like prison rape) for the purpose of retributive (perceived) justice, territorial defense, preemptive strike, and because I just feel like it motherfucker. These vatos mean business, bad bidness. In 2005, a Canadian pop singer named Daniel Powter scored a huge hit with, ‘Bad Day.’ I’m sure you know it (and loathe it, or love it- there’s virtually no middle ground on this one): ‘ ‘Cause you had a bad day. You’re taking one down. You sing a sad song just to turn it around. You say you don’t know. You tell me don’t lie. You work at a smile and you go for a ride. You had a bad day. The camera don’t lie. You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind. You had a bad day.’ This is Powter’s response to times when ‘the system goes on the blink and the whole thing turns out wrong.’ I’m guessing that a cover photo of his neighborhood would look a lot different than Cypress Hill’s. No doubt Daniel’s more measured response to adversity is due, at least in part, to a good dose of white privilege. Or maybe he managed to escape any significant childhood trauma, and was mentored by loving parents who taught him how to deal maturely with adversity. It’s possible that it might just be too cold in Canada to stay angry for too long. Who knows? What I do know is that ‘Bad Day’ is a terrible (albeit, catchy) song with a sweet message. 'Cypress Hill' samples some sweet music over which to rap; but their message inspires far more terror than the sappiest sounds of Powter’s crooning. During this month of America’s honoring of black history, I’m reminded of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s warning that, ‘If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.’ I fortunately, gratefully escaped 'Cypress Hill' with nothing more than a black eye, one loose tooth, a couple of ringing ears, and a broken heart for anyone whose life experiences have been such that they feel a smoking gun with a stream of bullets, and a stream of smoking blunts before, during, and after the killing, to be their only recourse.

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Whinge about life....check. Use the n word.....check. Brag.....check. It starts off interestingly, but it's still this boring genre where you make a beat and talk over it. The cliches, misogyny, glorification of violence and conspicuous consumption are just another reason to hate this shallow shit.

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This does not belong on this list.

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juvenile and irritating

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good

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Vengaa vaa que se me pone el cuerpo de cachondeito macho, cypress hill manteca... Es verdad que son muy jaja fumag pogos, pero macho son bastante vacilones osea tienen un álbum que se llama elephants on acid nenes... Tened en cuenta que esta review esta sesgada porque a mí personalmente me molan, pero es mi review así q a chupar la, las bases que usan son locas, meten sonidos y adlibs bastante raros y no se, me da la impresión de que me llevaría bien con ellos en persona, son canciones disfrutonas y eso se agradece. Como en la producción beben mucho del funk y del Cuban soul les quedan esos beats bastante melosos

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bad

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