Skull & Bones (album)

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Skull & Bones
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released April 25, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Hardcore hip hop, nu metal, rap metal, thrash metal,[1] funk metal[2]
Length 40:56 (Disc 1)
23:31 (Disc 2)
Label Columbia
Producer DJ Muggs
Cypress Hill chronology
Cypress Hill IV
(1998)
Skull & Bones
(2000)
Stoned Raiders
(2001)
Singles from Skull & Bones
  1. "(Rap) Superstar/(Rock) Superstar"
    Released: February 29, 2000[3]
  2. "Highlife/Can't Get the Best of Me"
    Released: October 31, 2000[4]

Skull & Bones is the fifth studio album by the rap group Cypress Hill, released on April 25, 2000. The album's genre and style are divided into two - a hip-hop disc ("Skull") and a rap metal disc ("Bones").

Album information[edit]

It features Everlast, Eminem, N.O.R.E., Christian Olde Wolbers and Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Chino Moreno of the Deftones.

Cypress Hill landed a slot supporting The Offspring and MxPx on the Conspiracy of One tour.[5] The song "(Rock) Superstar" was a radio hit on both rap and rock stations. It was once performed live by the band with Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of the band Velvet Revolver. The Intro includes a sample from Ralph Bakshi's Wizards.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [6]
Audio Video Revolution (7/10) [7]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [8]
RapReviews.com (6/10) [9]
Yahoo! Music (favorable) [10]
  • Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "A bipolar breakdown…proving hip-hop is more like T2…capable of morphing into anyone they wanna be."[11]
  • CMJ - "Proves rather convincingly that Cypress Hill still packs a mighty punch."[12]
  • Vibe - "Marks the first major shift in the group's direction....Half of [the album] is a head-banging jam session....Songs like '(Rap) Superstar' prove that the group still has that winning formula."[13]
  • The Source - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "May be their most drastic turn yet.… Cypress' flavor runs thick across the disc.… They break down the barriers in order to transcend the industry-imposed terms of alternative and rap…another set for the weeded."[14]
  • Rap Pages - "May be the best album you hear for the next 2 years.… [It] is so artistically good that it [will] stay in your personal rotation…"[15]
  • Mojo - "Finds them sticking a finger in the air and finding the wind blowing in the direction of thrash-metal."[16]
  • NME - 7 out of 10 - "Picks up where the groggy metal/rap melange of '98s Cypress Hill IV left off.… It's business as usual.… They do hip-hop and they do funk-metal rawk…evolving slowly."[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by DJ Muggs.

Skull (Disc 1)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Muggerud 1:52
2. "Another Victory"   Freese, Muggerud 3:11
3. "(Rap) Superstar" (feat. Eminem and Norega) Freese, Muggerud 4:53
4. "Cuban Necktie"   Freese, Muggerud 4:13
5. "What U Want from Me"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:50
6. "Stank Ass Hoe"   Freese, Muggerud 5:09
7. "Highlife"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:53
8. "Certified Bomb"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 4:03
9. "Can I Get a Hit"   Freese, Muggerud 2:47
10. "We Live This Shit"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 4:20
11. "Worldwide"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 2:45
Bones (Disc 2)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Valley of Chrome"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 4:04
2. "Get Out of My Head"   Freese, Muggerud 3:31
3. "Can't Get the Best of Me"   Correa, Freese, Muggerud, Reyes, Wilk 4:15
4. "A Man"   Correa, Fleener, Freese, Reyes, Zambrano 3:08
5. "Dust"   Cypress Hill, Fleming, Freese 3:56
6. "(Rock) Superstar" (feat. Chino Moreno and Everlast) Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 4:37
Sample credits
  • "Can I Get a Hit" Contains a sample of "Get Outta My Life Woman" by The New Apocalypse

Notes[edit]

The untitled instrumental segue after "Stank Ass Hoe" was re-used for the track "Heart of the Assassin" on the 2000 DJ Muggs produced album Soul Assassins II.

The instrumental to (Rap) Superstar is used in intros on The Dan Patrick Show.

The track Dust was used on the game Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX.

The song is featured in the 2000 video game "MTV Sports: Skateboarding Featuring Andy Macdonald," released on PC and various consoles. [18]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)[19]

Year Chart Position
2000 The Billboard 200 5
2000 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skull & Bones". Mojo (Bauer Media). June 2000. p. 113. ISSN 1351-0193. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Skull & Bones". NME (IPC Media). 29 April 2000. p. 33. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rap Superstar - Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Highlife: Can't Get the Best of Me". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tour Archive: 2000". Offspring.com. Archived from the original on 9 December 2004. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cypress Hill: Skull & Bones > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  7. ^ Dailey, Bryan (25 April 2000). "Cypress Hill - Skull & Bones". Audio Video Revolution. avrev.com. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Cypress Hill". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (May 29, 2000). "Cypress Hill :: Skull & Bones". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Davis, Todd (19 June 2000). "Skull & Bones". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Blashill, Pat (11 May 2000). "Cypress Hill: Skull & Bones". Rolling Stone (RS 840) (Straight Arrow). p. 132. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Skull & Bones". CMJ New Music (Great Neck, NY: College Media). 1 May 2000. p. 23. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Skull & Bones". Vibe (InterMedia Partners). June 2000. p. 223. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Skull & Bones". The Source (New York). June 2000. pp. 218–20. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Skull & Bones". Rap Pages (Beverly Hills: LFP). June 2000. p. 42. ISSN 1063-1283. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Skull & Bones". Mojo (Bauer Media). June 2000. p. 113. ISSN 1351-0193. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Skull & Bones". NME (IPC Media). 29 April 2000. p. 33. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/mtv-sports-skateboarding-featuring-andy-macdonald
  19. ^ "Skull & Bones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2011.

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