Cypress Hill (album)

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Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill Self-Titled.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 13, 1991[1]
ProducerDJ Muggs
Cypress Hill chronology
Cypress Hill
Something for the Blunted
Singles from Cypress Hill
  1. "The Phuncky Feel One / How I Could Just Kill a Man"
    Released: July 11, 1991[2]
  2. "Hand on the Pump / Real Estate"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Pigs"
    Released: 1991
  4. "Latin Lingo"
    Released: 1992

Cypress Hill is the eponymous debut studio album by the American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released on August 13, 1991 by Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. It was critically and commercially successful, becoming their second-most successful album with over 2 million copies sold and getting certified double Platinum by the RIAA.[3] The album is broken down track-by-track by Cypress Hill in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[8]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[9]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[12]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[13]
The Village VoiceA−[14]

Steve Huey of AllMusic calls Cypress Hill's debut "a sonic blueprint that would become one of the most widely copied in hip-hop."[5]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[15] 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."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by DJ Muggs.

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


  • 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
  • Photography - Mike Miller


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Heatseekers
1991 Cypress Hill #31 #4 #5


Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1991 "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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[19] 2x Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Steve Huey. "Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  2. ^ "Phuncky Feel One [Vinyl Single] - Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ Coleman, Brian (2007). Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard. ISBN 978-0-8129-7775-2.
  5. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Corcoran, Michael (September 1, 1991). "Cypress Hill, 'Cypress Hill' (Ruffhouse/CBS)". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 18, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  8. ^ Bernard, James (October 4, 1991). "Cypress Hill". Entertainment Weekly (86). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Gold, Jonathan (November 24, 1991). "A Hard-Core, Hip-Hop Debut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill". Q (128): 137. May 1997. ISSN 0955-4955.
  11. ^ a b Powell, Kevin (October 3, 1991). "Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill". Rolling Stone (614). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Cypress Hill". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 206. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  13. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 5, 1991). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
  16. ^ "Essential Recordings of the 90's". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. May 13, 1999. p. 72. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  17. ^ "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s". Spin Magazine. September 1999. p. 148. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  18. ^ "90 Best Albums of the 1990s". Q. Bauer Media. December 1999. p. 70. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  19. ^ "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. 

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