Pioneering South Gate, CA-based hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill — B. Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs and Eric Bobo — have been instrumental in boldly pushing the genre in new directions both sonically and linguistically while shifting the overall culture: The members of Cypress Hill championed cannabis and cannabis culture — before it was fashionable. They were instrumental in pushing the sonic boundaries of the genre — on multiple occasions: Along with acts like Public Enemy, Run DMC, Boo-Ya T.R.I.B.E, De La Soul, Onyx, Ice-T and a lengthy list of others, Cypress Hill collaborated with metal and rock acts — on record and live, helping to usher in rap metal.
When hip-hop acts were having a difficult time getting booked for live gigs both nationally and internationally, Cypress Hill played thousands of shows both nationally and globally. And they helped pave the way for rappers to use Spanish — or spit rhymes entirely in Spanish.
Throughout their 30-plus year history, their accomplishments place them as among one of the most successful hip-hop acts ever:
- 1991’s self-titled full-length debut sold over two-million copies
- 1993’s Black Sunday, which featured two of their most commercially successful hits “Insane in the Brain” and “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” sold over three-million copies.
- Overall, they’ve sold over nine-million units — globally.
- They’ve received three Grammy Award nominations.
- They’ve released ten albums, including their self-titled debut, 1993’s Black Sunday and last year’s Back in Black.
- And they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
So if you were a child of the late 70s and early 80s, as I was, I have to mention something that will make you feel old: Cypress Hill’s sophomore album Black Sunday celebrates the 30th anniversary of its release today –that’s right 30 years ago, today — with the release of a deluxe edition of the album.
And to celebrate the occasion, Vevo invited the pioneering hip-hop act to perform “Insane in the Brain” and “I Ain’t Going Out Like That.” We may be all getting older and a bit more gray, but the live footage is a reminder that in every way, those two songs still hold up — and are still hard.