With Black Milk at the reins, the hip hop veterans sound refreshed and re-energised If anyone were in need of a reminder that everything changes with time, look no further than this new Cypress Hill record. The group has been defined by DJ Muggs' productions for three decades, but Back In Black appears to be their first record with no involvement from him. Instead Black Milk takes the reins, with beats that knock harder than Muggs' hazy loops and give B-Real and Sen Dog's vocals more impact.
Back to the roots...
One of the biggest names in hip hop just dropped their 10th studio album without much fanfare. Cypress Hill are among the few old school acts that constantly sought change and diversity in their sound. Their output in the past 20 years has been sporadic, but varied. The group experimented with rap rock, nu metal, dubstep & reggae bits, before 2018's Elephants on Acid presented a delirious, Indian raga influenced psychedelic odyssey.
On their 10th album Cypress Hill sound as fresh as ever. Yes, the topic of weed does feature, it's Cypress Hill, but this time it doesn't feel cliché. 'Open Ya Mind' questions its legislation and what that actually means. 'Bye Bye' is about trying to stay mentally awake while politicians pass legislations that remove out rights under our noses.