Cypress Hill (album)

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Cypress Hill
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released August 13, 1991
Recorded 1990–1991
Genre Golden age hip hop
Hardcore hip hop
Latin hip hop
West Coast hip hop
Length 46:54
Label Ruffhouse/Columbia/SME Records
CK 47889 (North America)
468893 (international)
Producer DJ Muggs
Cypress Hill chronology
Cypress Hill
(1991)
Black Sunday
(1993)

Cypress Hill is the self-titled debut album of Cypress Hill, released on August 13, 1991. It was critically and commercially successful, getting certified double Platinum by the RIAA.[1] The album is broken down track-by-track by Cypress Hill in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A+[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]

Steve Huey of Allmusic calls Cypress Hill's debut "a sonic blueprint that would become one of the most widely copied in hip-hop."[3]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[8] The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Rolling Stone called it "an album that is innovative and engaging in spite of its hard-core messages."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by DJ Muggs.

  1. "Pigs" (Freese, Muggerud) – 2:51
  2. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" (Freese, Muggerud, Reyes) – 4:16
  3. "Hand on the Pump" (Bouldin, Freese, Muggerud) – 4:03
  4. "Hole in the Head" (Freese, Muggerud) – 3:33
  5. "Ultraviolet Dreams" (Muggerud) – 0:41
  6. "Light Another" (Freese, Muggerud) – 3:17
  7. "The Phuncky Feel One" (Freese, Muggerud, Reyes) – 3:28
  8. "Break It Up" (Muggerud) – 1:07
  9. "Real Estate" (Freese, Muggerud, Reyes) – 3:45
  10. "Stoned Is the Way of the Walk" (Freese, Muggerud) – 2:46
  11. "Psycobetabuckdown" (Freese, Muggerud) – 2:59
  12. "Something for the Blunted" (Muggerud) – 1:15
  13. "Latin Lingo" (Freese, Muggerud, Reyes) – 3:58
  14. "The Funky Cypress Hill Shit" (Freese, Muggerud) – 4:01
  15. "Tres Equis" (Muggerud, Reyes) – 1:54
  16. "Born to Get Busy" (Muggerud, Reyes) – 3:00

Partial list of samples[edit]

The following lists some songs and sounds sampled for Cypress Hill.

Pigs

How I Could Just Kill a Man

Hand on the Pump

Hole in the Head

Ultraviolet Dreams

Light Another

The Phuncky Feel One

  • "More Peas" by the J.B.'s
  • "Hector" by Village Callers
  • "Look Ka Py Py" by the Meters
  • "Give it Up" by Kool & the Gang
  • "La Di Da La Di Day" by the J.B.'s
  • "Blues and Pants" by James Brown
  • "Fight the Power" by the Isley Brothers
  • "The Breakdown Pt I & II" by Rufus Thomas
  • "Life is What You Make It" by Kool & the Gang

Break It Up

Real Estate

Stoned Is the Way of the Walk

Psycobetabuckdown

Something for the Blunted

Latin Lingo

The Funky Cypress Hill Shit

  • "Fencewalk" by Mandrill
  • "Hector" by Village Callers
  • "The New Dance Craze" by Five Stairsteps
  • Dialogue excerpt from the film Car Wash

Tres Equis

  • "Sophisticated Funk" by John Roberts

Born to Get Busy

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"The Phuncky Feel One"
"Hand On The Pump"
  • Released: 1991
  • B-side: "Real Estate"
"Latin Lingo"
  • Released: 1991
  • B-side: "Stoned is the Way (Reprise)", "Hand On The Glock"

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Heatseekers
1992 Cypress Hill #31 #4 #5

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1992 "Hand On The Pump" #49 #2
"How I Could Just Kill A Man" #77
"Latin Lingo" #12 #44
"The Phuncky Feel One/How I Could Just Kill A Man" #1

Personnel[edit]

  • B-Real – Vocals
  • Sen Dog – Vocals
  • DJ Muggs – Arranger, Producer, Mixing
  • Joe Nicolo – Engineer, Executive Producer, Mixing
  • Jason Roberts – Engineer
  • Chris Schwartz – Executive Producer
  • Howie Weinberg – Mastering
  • Ponch – percussions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American album certifications – Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ Coleman, Brian (2007). Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard. ISBN 978-0-8129-7775-2. 
  3. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Cypress Hill > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Cypress Hill". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Powell, Kevin (October 3, 1991). "Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 614). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ Bernard, James (October 4, 1991). "Cypress Hill (1991): Cypress Hill". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#86). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cypress Hill". Q (Bauer Media). May 1997. p. 137. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source (New York) (#100). January, 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 10, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Essential Recordings of the 90's". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow). May 13, 1999. p. 72. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s". Spin Magazine. September 1999. p. 148. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ "90 Best Albums of the 1990s". Q (Bauer Media). December 1999. p. 70. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 

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