Cypress Hill

Through a haze of smoke Cypress Hill rose from Los Angeles in the early 1990s to become one of the first Latino hip-hop acts, mixing rolling loops and strutting beats with alternative rock stylings, going on to notch up album sales of over 18 million. Using both Spanish and English lyrics their eponymous debut album in 1991 became a landmark crossover of rap and rock, inspiring the nu-metal scene and acts as diverse as Dr Dre and Limp Bizkit. Its follow-up 'Black Sunday' (1993) sent the band global, topping the US charts, producing the international hit 'Insane in the Brain' and drawing large rock audiences on the festival circuit. Active campaigners for the legalisation of cannabis, the group were banned from TV show 'Saturday Night Live' when B-Real smoked marijuana during a performance. The group continued to embrace different musical genres and styles, collaborating with Eminem, Rancid, Wu Tang Clan and Damien Marley and had big success with the album 'Skull & Bones' (2000) led by the single '(Rock) Superstar'. They also had several tracks used by the WWE and released their eighth studio album 'Rise Up' in 2010. Over the years there was also regular solo work, side projects and many different collaborations, but they reunited in 2018 for ninth studio album 'Elephants On Acid'.

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