Cypress Hill is a platinum selling, Grammy nominated hip hop group, formed in the late 1980s in South Gate, just southeast of Los Angeles. The group consists of founding members Sen Dog and B-Real, as well as Eric Bobo and DJ Muggs. With the group’s self titled debut album in 1991, the band put Latino, West Coast hip hop on the map, and also made cannabis use and the cannabis lifestyle on the forefront. Cypress Hill is known as forefathers of the cannabis movement. Since the beginning of the band’s career, they made it known they were cannabis users, and supported efforts for medical and recreational use in California and other states. They have been open users of the plant since the days when it was totally illegal.
The band’s second album from 1993, Black Sunday made them into superstars, with classic hit songs like ‘I Wanna Get High,’ and the smash hit, ‘Insane in the Brain.’ During the mid to late 1990s, Cypress Hill became the generation X/Millenial definition of stoner group, and were considered to be a part of the alternative music scene, despite the fact they were hip hop. During this time, Cypress Hill toured on the Lollapalooza tour in 1992 with a bill featuring Ice Cube, Pearl Jam, Ministry, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more. Cypress Hill was featured on SNL a year later in 1933, and also parodied in an episode of The Simpsons, about the Lollapalooza Music Festival. Cypress Hill appeared alongside Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton, and Sonic Youth, in the series’ 7th season in 1996. Cypress Hill members also contributed to the soundtracks for the movies Juice(1992) and Space Jam(1996) Cypress Hill has toured with everyone from the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine to Snoop Dogg and DMX. The group has also appeared in High Times Magazine numerous times and the group members are known as major activists of the cannabis movement in the 1990s, and to this day.
The group is considered pioneers at using Spanish lyrics, and rapping about cannabis. They have been self proclaimed spokesmen, and have been turned into cannabis icons such as Cheech and Chong, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead and Phish. The band has been well ahead of its time when it comes to cannabis as a lifestyle and a brand. With over ten albums as a band, many more as producers, and appearances on numerous other musical projects, Cypress Hill is still going strong. The band has been nominated for three Grammys, an MTV Video Music Award and also got its own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019.
Cypress Hill has toured the world promoting cannabis use, the plant , horticulture, and the lifestyle for more than thirty years. They have also been a crossover act whiched bridged the gap between rock music and hip hop. This was prominent with the hit song, ‘Rock Superstar,’ from the 200 album Skull and Bones.
For cannabis users, aficionados, growers, and members of the cannabis community, The band launched a series of Music Festival of its own, known as ‘The All Day Mind Opening Music Fest;’ it was called Cypress Hill Smoke Out in 1999. The festival over the years has featured such diverse artists like Slipknot, Korn, Fishbone and Erica Badu, and everyone in between. Over the years, the festival featured tons of hip hop, reggae, punk rock, heavy metal and alternative bands, all gathered to consume cannabis and watch live music.
Cypress Hill is not stopping or slowing down any time soon. The group is releasing its tenth full length studio album Back in Black, on March 18, 2022.