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CYPRESS HILL: Cypress Hill Special 25th Anniversary Edition (2016)

25th-anniversary-cypress-hill-skullGood lord! It’s been a quarter of a century since that funky Cypress Hill shit first hit the public consciousness on their self-titled debut album and five years since the last anniversary re-release! Perhaps it’s time to light another – er – I mean re-release it again. Which label will have their hand
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RECORD STORE DAY: Wu-Tang Clan, Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill deluxe re-issues (2015)

J5 Slide box Quality ControlPrestige hip-hop re-issue label Get On Down, get on down for Record Store Day with three fat re-issues. One can well imagine vinyl junkies salivating at the prospect of a 7″ re-press of Cypress Hill’s Phunky Feel One/ How I Could Just Kill A Man with an embossed black skull outer sleeve for example. If that causes salivation however, a veritable pool of drool could well result
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ZEMERALD: You Better Shit It (2014) Free download

You Better Shit It ZemeraldRating: ★★★★★ In what appears to have turned into a night of free-mash-up excellence here’s another MB regular, Zemerald, with the splendidly-titled You Better Shit It. That’ll be Barbara Lynn’s You Better Quit It spliced with When The Shit Goes Down by Latin hip-hop legends Cypress Hill then. The very thing to play on a hot summer evening in the lowrider with the top down, one hand on the
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KEMO THE BLAXICAN: ‘Upside Of The Struggle’ LP released 17 August 2010

Not enough Latin lingo in the lyrics you’re hearing? Not enough barrio in the beats? Time to cop a bit of Kemo The Blaxican then (I’ll leave you to puzzle out his mixed heritage) – since the former Delinquent Habits member drops his third solo album on 17 August this year. Given previous efforts (cop the video to La Receta off the first solo LP below links) this promises to be a release date of note especially since, among others, Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog makes an appearance. Album press details below the video.
Kemo The Blaxican – Myspace
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(PRESS RELEASE) West Coast Latin hip hop pioneer, Kemo the Blaxican, is an MC and producer who creates music that transcends cultures and blends hip hop with funky beats, thought-provoking lyrics, and clever hooks for an overall dynamic urban sound.

His new CD, Upside of Struggle, slated for release August 17, 2010 (Dead Silence Records) is series of hip hop tracks inspired by his roots; specifically southern California culture and the music that influenced his youth—from west coast funk, soul, and classic hip hop, to traditional Latin music. The album features guest appearances by Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) and Tetsuya Weeping Willow Nakamura (formerly of War) on “Just What You Feelin,” as well as contributions by Sick Jacken (Psycho Realm).

Upside of Struggle is Kemo’s third solo album on Dead Silence Records, which demonstrates his evolution as an MC and producer. This 12-track incarnation bursts with musical styles and compelling arrangements. Kemo’s lyrical skills stretch back and forth between L.A. street slang and barrio Spanish, never hesitant to show both sides of his composite. He moves the listener through moods, harmoniously encapsulating contradiction, antagonism and the co-existence of good, even during bad times, all with mind bending ease.

Kemo The Blaxican is a former MC and lyricist for West Coast Latin hip hop pioneers, “Delinquent Habits.” He is also the proud owner of indie record label, Dead Silence Records and the urban fashion t-shirt line, Joint Clothing. Kemo also works successfully in publishing, garnering his music in numerous national T.V. ads and films, for over a decade.

CYPRESS HILL: Rise Up – 2010 – Album review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

In which we continue with this week’s guest review style (courtesy of Rolling Stone). Honestly. – I’ve written longer notes to the milkman:
As with fellow Californians Souls Of Mischief, Cypress Hill’s early work was so huge they’ve been living in its shadow ever since. Still, maybe that’s the price of creating a classic and it sounds like they’re still paying as the LP begins with a compere referencing how in 1991 an ‘artist’ in Compton was blown away by Cypress Hill’s ‘futuristic funk’ and ‘dedication to a certain herb,’ followed in short order by the lumpen, staccato, programmed beats of single It Ain’t Nuthin’. Well, quite. The scratchy-sample on Light It Up is much more ear-friendly and perhaps the most successful track here at updating the classic Cypress Hilll ‘shit’ which it does so well it’s the LP highlight. Elsewhere the Cheech and Chong sampling, weed-venerating (what else?) K.U.S.H. throws digs at the DEA and shout outs to fellow fans of the green and offers a glimpse of a Cypress Hill with a more poppy but shiny up-to-date production gloss in a way that works. It has to be said that the title Rise Up reminds me of the title song’s chorus on early nineties Bad Brains’ LP Rise – not inappropriately as it turns out since the ‘Hill indulge their rap/rock crossover fetish/ folly at various moments of Rise. Cue the first of two tracks featuring Rage Against The Machine’s resident guitar-torturer Tom Morello and an end result that sounds not unlike – um well – Rage Against The Machine. Oh go on then – my teenage self would have liked it. Still if they’re not indulging in these antics they spend an even larger part of the LP using so-so off-the-shelf programmed beats that at best serve to remind the listener that they ain’t listening to either of the first two LPs. Lyrically though, it is still mostly all about the herb – in case you were wondering.
Originally scheduled for release in 2006, Rise Up was delayed several times, various guests were never included on the final release and DJ Muggs was only executive producer on this one with at least eight other production credits – a troubled gestation then and it shows. It’s true that there is the occasional flash of something good on Rise Up but the B-Real featuring single Shoot First from last year’s Apathy LP Wanna Snuggle (LISTEN HERE)is a better reminder of classic Cypress Hill than anything on this LP except Light It Up.
(Out now on EMI)

Listen to Cypress Hill – Rise Up

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