Rise Up (Cypress Hill album)

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Rise Up
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)
(see release history)
Recorded 2005-2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:11 (Standard edition)
61:56 (Exclusive edition)
Label Priority
Producer B-Real (also exec.)
DJ Muggs, Mike Shinoda, Tom Morello, Pete Rock, Jake One, Daron Malakian, Jim Jonsin, DJ Khalil, Sick Jacken
Cypress Hill chronology
Till Death Do Us Part
Rise Up
Cypress X Rusko
Singles from Rise Up
  1. "Get 'Em Up"
    Released: August 18, 2009[1]
  2. "It Ain't Nothin'"
    Released: January 28, 2010
  3. "Rise Up[2]"
    Released: February 23, 2010
  4. "Armada Latina[3]"
    Released: March 2, 2010

Rise Up is the eighth studio album by Cypress Hill, which was released on April 20, 2010.[4] It is their first album of new material in six years, following 2004's Till Death Do Us Part, and their first to be released on EMI's Priority Records, their first venture away from Columbia, who handled all of their previous releases.


The span of six years between Till Death Do Us Part and Rise Up marks Cypress Hill's longest gap between studio albums in their career. The group commenced work on the record in 2005, but had not entered studio work until 2008.[5] The writing and recording process spanned four years and a number of recording studios and was finished in 2009.

Rise Up was delayed several times before its release. Originally scheduled to be released in 2006, it was later postponed to March 23, 2010 (exactly six years since the release of their last album), then again to April 6. The album's release date was finally set for April 20, 2010.

In terms of the album's musical direction, in March 2010 Cypress Hill emcee B-Real told noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis - Deputy Editor of the award-winning Blues & Soul - "Musically we wanted a bigger sound, a more AGGRESSIVE sound, and something obviously with a lotta DYNAMICS. You know, our sound has always been raw and gritty, ominous and moody... And, while this time we still wanted it to be raw and dark, we also wanted it to be more UPTEMPO. Because, in terms of the live setting, whenever we do songs that are more uptempo and aggressive people do love them and it makes for a great SHOW. So, while making this album, we definitely had the intention of making songs that would translate well to the live aspect of what Cypress Hill is about. So that, when we play these songs out, we're gonna get a magnificent reaction from the crowd!"[6]


Rise Up marks a major shift in the group's sound, as it was the first of their albums not produced by founding member DJ Muggs. While Muggs does contribute co-production with DJ Khalil on two songs, B-Real takes on the role as main producer, executive producer and overseer of the project. Other producers include Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Jim Jonsin, Pete Rock, Jake One, Sick Jacken and Tom Morello.

Featured guests include Daron Malakian of System of a Down, Pitbull, Everlast, Evidence, Young De, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and Marc Anthony. Other artists like Ill Bill, Apathy, DJ Premier and Slash were also featured as guests but never made the final cut.[7][8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[9]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[11]
The Skinny 3/5 stars[12]
DJBooth.net 4/5 stars[13]

The album's introduction single, "It Ain't Nothin'" was released as a free download from the group's official website with a music video by Matt Alonzo. "Rise Up", with Tom Morello, is the second single; it also features as the theme song for Elimination Chamber 2010 and the end-credit track for the Season 3 finale episode of the television show Silicon Valley.

PopMatters said, "As much as B-Real still seems lively, Sen Dog seems to have smoked himself out of being a rapper. He sounds exhausted and unimaginative all over this record. He doesn’t even appear on all of the tracks. This imbalance, coupled with the array of random producers, causes an inconsistency in the LP’s sound that hurts Rise Up."[11]

An early review, Scottish magazine The Skinny offered a largely positive 3 stars (out of 5), noting that the album appears "less playful than its predecessor (2004’s Clash-sampling Till Death Do Us Part) but surprisingly more focused - given Muggs’ notable absence from the producer’s chair – [The Hill] source inspired collaborations with Pete Rock, Jim Jonsin and Marc Anthony to reinforce their timeless agenda."


Rise Up debuted on the Billboard 200 on April 28 at #19 selling 18,000 copies.[14] The next week it fell over 50 spots to #72 on the Top 200 albums.[15] In its third week the album fell off the Top 100 to #105 and has sold 31,000 copies to date.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Rise Up
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "It Ain't Nothin" (featuring Young De) Peabo Bryson, Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, Demerick Shelton B-Real 4:01
2. "Light It Up"   Louis Freese, Brian Holland, Senen Reyes, Peter Phillips, Demerick Shelton Pete Rock 3:17
3. "Rise Up" (featuring Tom Morello) Tom Morello, Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, Demerick Shelton Tom Morello, B-Real 3:50
4. "Get It Anyway"   Louis Freese, Jordan Omley, Senen Reyes, James Scheffer,Frank Romano Jim Jonsin 4:20
5. "Pass the Dutch" (featuring Step Brothers) Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Louis Freese, Alan Maman, Michael Perretta DJ Muggs, DJ Khalil 3:20
6. "Bang Bang"   Louis Freese, Senen Reyes B-Real 3:49
7. "K.U.S.H."   Louis Freese, Joaquin González Sick Jacken, B-Real 4:57
8. "Get 'Em Up"   Keith Boxley, Louis Freese, Senen Reyes B-Real 3:52
9. "Carry Me Away" (featuring Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park) Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda 4:07
10. "Trouble Seeker" (featuring Daron Malakian of System of a Down) Daron Malakian, Louis Freese, Senen Reyes Daron Malakian 3:39
11. "Take My Pain" (featuring Everlast) Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Louis Freese, Erik Schrody, Daniel Tannenbaum DJ Muggs, DJ Khalil, Danny Keyz 3:36
12. "I Unlimited"   Anne Dudley, Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, Malcolm McLaren B-Real 4:25
13. "Armed & Dangerous"   Jacob Dutton, Louis Freese, Willie Hutch, Senen Reyes Jake One, B-Real 3:27
14. "Shut 'Em Down" (featuring Tom Morello) Louis Freese, Tom Morello, Senen Reyes Tom Morello, B-Real 3:26
15. "Armada Latina" (featuring Pitbull and Marc Anthony) Marc Anthony, Stephen Stills, Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, James Scheffer, Armando Christian Perez Jim Jonsin 4:04
Total length:


Release history[edit]

Country Date
 China April 13, 2010
 Germany April 16, 2010
 France April 17, 2010
 Australia April 19, 2010
 United Kingdom
 Canada April 20, 2010
 United States
 Japan April 21, 2010
 Brazil April 23, 2010


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