Cypress Hill IV

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IV
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Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released October 6, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre
Length 73:17
Label Ruffhouse, Columbia
Producer DJ Muggs
Cypress Hill chronology
III: Temples of Boom
(1995)
IV
(1998)
Skull & Bones
(2000)
Singles from Cypress Hill IV
  1. "Dr. Greenthumb"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Tequila Sunrise"
    Released: 1998
  3. "Audio X"
    Released: 1998

IV is the fourth album by the rap group Cypress Hill. It was released on October 6, 1998. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.[1] It is one of their most varied releases and one that DJ Muggs is most fond of. The skeletons on the cover are posing as the three wise monkeys. This is Cypress Hill's first album to have any rock music influence. Also, is notable that seven songs of the album were recorded with the rapper Barron Ricks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars [2]
NME (7/10)[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [4]
RapReviews (7.5/10) [5]
Yahoo! Music (favorable) [6]

IV received mixed reviews from critics, with AllMusic giving it a strongly negative review.

Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "Cypress Hill's most bangin' LP since their 1991 debut.… Cypress Hill still name-check firearms, threaten rivals and smoke more weed than a congregation of Rastas. But the obsessions are means to an end."[7]

The Wire - "…they come out fighting. Red eyed, rabid and slobbering with skunk-fueled menace.… gangsta rap's future as a musical force is secure."[8]

Rap Pages - 4 (out of 5) - "Like previous albums…IV's fabulous formula of speakerphone tones by B-Real and sporadic comments by Sen Dog resembles 'How I Could Just Kill A Man'."[9]

Track listing[edit]

Cypress Hill IV
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Looking Through The Eye Of A Pig" Freese, Muggerud 4:06
2. "Checkmate" Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:35
3. "From The Window Of My Room" Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 5:00
4. "Prelude To A Come Up" (featuring MC Eiht) Freese, Grinnage, Johnson, Karrer, Leopold, Malave, MC Eiht, Muchita, Muggerud, Wilson, Zauner 3:24
5. "Audio X" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:19
6. "Steel Magnolia" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:30
7. "I Remember That Freak Bitch (From The Club) / Interlude Part 2" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 5:22
8. "(Goin' All Out) Nothin' To Lose" Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:53
9. "Tequila Sunrise" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks  
10. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" Freese, Muggerud 2:47
11. "Feature Presentation" (featuring Barron Ricks, Chace Infinite) Chace Infinite, Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:45
12. "Dr. Greenthumb" Freese, Muggerud 4:24
13. "16 Men Till There's No Men Left" Freese, Muggerud  
14. "High Times" Freese, Fritz, Muggerud 4:13
15. "Clash Of The Titans / Dust" Freese, Muggerud 4:45
16. "Lightning Strikes" Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 5:54
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
17. "Case Closed" Freese, Muggerud 2:00
18. "Rags to Riches" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 4:07
Australian release bonus track
No. Title Length
19. "Champions" (featuring PMD) 2:37
Mexican release bonus track
No. Title Length
20. "Tequila Sunrise" (Spanish edition) 3:57

Samples[edit]

Looking Through the Eye of a Pig

Checkmate

From the Window of My Room

Prelude to a Come Up

Audio X

Steel Magnolia

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Feature Presentation

Dr. Greenthumb

16 Men Till There's No Men Left

High Times

  • "Winter's Child" by Charles Kynard
  • "Get Outta My Life Woman" by The New Apocalypse

Lightnin Strikes

Rags to Riches

Personnel[edit]

  • B-Real - Vocals
  • Sen Dog - Vocals
  • DJ Muggs - Arranger, Producer, Mixing
  • Eric "Bobo" Correa - Bass, Percussion, backing Vocals
  • MC Eiht - Vocals
  • Chace Infinite (of Self Scientific) - Vocals
  • Barron Ricks - Vocals
  • Mike Sims - Bass, Guitar
  • Troy Stanton - Engineer
  • Reggie Stewart - Bass
  • Sean Evans - Art Direction
  • Dean Karr - Photography
  • Manuel Lecuona - Mastering

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200[10] 11
1998 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11

Kingpin: Life of Crime Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for Kingpin: Life of Crime was provided by Cypress Hill, and featured three tracks from IV. They were:

  • "16 Men Till There's No Men Left"
  • "Checkmate"
  • "Lightning Strikes"

Alongside the full versions of these tracks, instrumental versions with the vocals removed were used as backing tracks. Cypress Hill also provided some of the voice acting for the game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American certifications – Cypress Hill IV". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "Cypress Hill: IV" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". NME. September 12, 2005. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Cypress Hill". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ DJ Fatboy (October 1998). "Cypress Hill :: IV". RapReviews.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Everett, Vic (June 10, 1998). "Cypress Hill IV". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. October 15, 1998. p. 130. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". The Wire. January 1999. p. 57. ISSN 0952-0686. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". Rap Pages. Beverly Hills: LFP. December 1998. p. 140. ISSN 1063-1283. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cypress Hill - IV > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2011.

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