Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom

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Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released October 31, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
Length 55:54
Cypress Hill chronology
Black Sunday
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
Cypress Hill IV
Singles from Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
  1. "Throw Your Set in the Air"
    Released: September 26, 1995[1]
  2. "Illusions"
    Released: February 20, 1996[2]
  3. "Boom Biddy Bye Bye"
    Released: May 21, 1996[3]

Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom is the eponymous third studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released on October 31, 1995 by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[4]


With this album, the group turned towards a more tranquil, sedate, slower, spooky sound with beats. The dark mood of this album reflects the strife within the group during this era, when member Sen Dog temporarily left the band to pursue other projects.

Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and U-God both make appearances on "Killa Hill Niggas". Also notable was track "No Rest for the Wicked", which ignited the feud between Cypress Hill and rapper Ice Cube, who they claimed stole the hook from the Friday theme song from the band's "Throw Your Set in the Air". On many shows of the "Temples Of Boom" tour, the group would take time in between songs to talk about this feud and get the crowd to yell obscenities about Ice Cube.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[6]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(dud)[7]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[8]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
  • Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars - Good - "…half of III bumps with a new and improved Cypress Hill sound that marks producer Muggs' progress.… For all the rude immediacy of its rhymes, III is an album of many musical hues…Cypress Hill still wield an intoxicating power that's all their own…"[11]
  • Q - 4 Stars - Excellent - "The production is sophisticated, incorporating Indian sitar and sloping, almost psychedelic bass grooves to create a vaguely threatening ambient hardcore."[13]
  • Melody Maker - Bloody Essential - "…resonates with freakish cheese-wire paranoia…a gobsmacking paradox of expansive claustrophobia.… The funk patters like an erratic heartbeat, the voices are stretched to bursting with menace and loathing and mockery…"[14]
  • Rap Pages - 7 (out of 10) - "B-Real spits out lyric after lyric lambasting critics, ex-homies and anyone else not down with his familia.… Some of the record might sound familiar, but, hey, that's the Cypress sound."[15]
  • NME - 7 (out of 10) - "At its most powerful, tuneful, sarcastic and entertaining, it's sneering '90s hip-hop.… In the weeks of the OJ fall-out and the Nation Of Islam Million Man March, Cypress Hill have made the album which reflects US and, therefore, global paranoia with spookily apt timing."[16]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by DJ Muggs, except track 5 produced by RZA
1."Spark Another Owl"Freese, Muggerud3:40
2."Throw Your Set in the Air"Freese, Muggs4:08
3."Stoned Raiders"Freese, Muggerud, Reyes2:54
4."Illusions"Freese, Muggerud4:28
5."Killa Hill Niggas" (featuring RZA and U-God)Diggs, Freese, Reyes4:03
6."Boom Biddy Bye Bye"Freese, Muggerud, Reyes4:04
7."No Rest for the Wicked"Muggerud, Freese5:01
8."Make a Move"Freese, Muggerud4:33
9."Killafornia"Muggerud, Freese2:56
10."Funk Freakers"Freese, Muggerud3:16
11."Locotes"Freese, Muggerud, Reyes3:39
12."Red Light Visions"Freese, Muggerud1:46
13."Strictly Hip Hop"Freese, Muggerud4:33
14."Let It Rain"Freese, Muggerud3:45
15."Everybody Must Get Stoned"Freese, Muggerud3:05
Japanese release bonus track
16."Smuggler's Blues"Freese, Muggerud4:23
Disc 2
1."Buddha Mix"DJ Muggs20:54




Album - Billboard (North America)[17]

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 3
1995 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3


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  2. ^ "Illusions [12"] - Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Boom Biddy Bye Bye [Vinyl Single] - Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "American certifications – Cypress Hill – III (Temple of Boom)". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  5. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (1995-11-09). "Looking Inward". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Cypress Hill". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603. 
  8. ^ Browne, David (1995-11-03). "Hempilation: Freedom is norml; Cypress Hill III (Temples of Boom)". Entertainment Weekly. 
  9. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". NME. 1995-10-28. p. 54. 
  10. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". Q. January 1996. p. 124. 
  11. ^ a b "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. 16 November 1995. p. 109. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Eddy, Chuck (January 1996). "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 84. 
  13. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". Q. Bauer Media. January 1996. p. 124. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". Melody Maker. IPC Media. 28 October 1995. p. 39. ISSN 0025-9012. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". Rap Pages. Beverly Hills, CA: LFP. January 1996. p. 32. ISSN 1063-1283. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom". NME. IPC Media. 28 October 1995. p. 54. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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