Cypress Hill’s Impact Highlighted in New Documentary: NPR


Left to right: Bobo, B Real and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, photographed outside the Galaxy Gallery on Melrose in Los Angeles in 1990.

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Cypress Hill's Impact Highlighted in New Documentary: NPR

Left to right: Bobo, B Real and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, photographed outside the Galaxy Gallery on Melrose in Los Angeles in 1990.

Bob Carey/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

When Cypress Hill released their debut album in 1991, the band’s choppy lyrics were, for the most part outside their hometown of Los Angeles, an early introduction to Spanglish slang. “We didn’t really have representation at that time,” rapper B Real said morning editionIt’s A Martinez. “You either saw one side of the spectrum or the other, but nothing in the middle. And I think we represented that.” The group – B-Real and fellow rappers Sen Dog and Eric Bobo, plus producer DJ Muggs – would go on to become one of the most successful in hip-hop history.

Speaking to A Martinez about the release of a new documentary, Cypress Hill: Mad in the Brain, on Showtime, rapper B Real traces the roots of his distinctively adenoidal rap voice, which began in emulation of early rapper and artist Rammellzee; the influence of early, darker rock and roll like Black Sabbath on the Cypress Hill sound and the particular timing of their emergence in the early 90s alongside artists like Nirvana.

Listen to this interview using the audio player at the top of the page.


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