Cypress Hill IV

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Cypress Hill IV
Cypress hill IV.jpg
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released October 6, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre
Length 73:17
Label
Producer DJ Muggs
Cypress Hill chronology
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
(1995)
Cypress Hill 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

Cypress Hill IV is the eponymous fourth studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released on October 6, 1998 by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. The skeletons on the cover are posing as the three wise monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). Rapper Barron Ricks was featured on several of the album's tracks.

IV was certified Gold by the RIAA.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork 3.3/10[7]
RapReviews 7.5/10[9]
The Village Voice (choice cut)[8]

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."[10]

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."[11]

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'."[12]

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. "Riot Starter" Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 4:17
6. "Audio X" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:19
7. "Steel Magnolia" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:30
8. "I Remember That Freak Bitch (From The Club) / Interlude Part 2" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 5:22
9. "(Goin' All Out) Nothin' to Lose" Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:53
10. "Tequila Sunrise" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 4:44
11. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" Freese, Muggerud 2:47
12. "Feature Presentation" (featuring Barron Ricks, Chace Infinite) Chace Infinite, Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:45
13. "Dr. Greenthumb" Freese, Muggerud 4:24
14. "16 Men Till There's No Men Left" Freese, Muggerud 4:20
15. "High Times" Freese, Fritz, Muggerud 4:13
16. "Clash of the Titans / Dust" Freese, Muggerud 4:45
17. "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

^Some copies of the CD have a clear sticker applied on the jewelcase stating "limited edition includes: secret bonus track". This "secret" track ("Case Closed") is however printed on the back cover, but is part of track 17 "Lightning Strikes", hence the same track number above.[13]

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

Clash of the Titans / Dust

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[14] 11
1998 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11

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. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, Tom (1998-10-16). "IV". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ Baker, Soren (1998-10-02). "Album Review / Pop". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". NME. September 12, 2005. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Richard-san, Mark. "Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill IV". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2000-08-16. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (1999-02-23). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. 
  9. ^ DJ Fatboy (October 1998). "Cypress Hill :: IV". RapReviews.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. October 15, 1998. p. 130. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". The Wire. January 1999. p. 57. ISSN 0952-0686. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". Rap Pages. Beverly Hills: LFP. December 1998. p. 140. ISSN 1063-1283. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Cypress-Hill-IV/release/139478
  14. ^ "Cypress Hill - IV > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2011.

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