South Gate, Los Angeles CA, United States (1987 – present)
Cypress Hill is an American hip-hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first latino group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums and one of the first rap groups to gain a following with fans of hard rock and metal. The band was originally called DVX, but the name was changed after Mellow Man Ace left in 1988.
Their first album, which was self-titled, was released in August 1991. Its single was “Phuncky Feel One”, but it was the B-side “How I Could Just Kill a Man” (formerly “Trigga Happy Nigga”) that attracted more airplay on urban radio and college radio. Based on the success of the single and other tracks such as bilingual track “Latin Lingo” and X-rated Spanish track “Tres Equis”, the album sold two million copies in the US alone. Subsequently, DJ Muggs produced the first House of Pain album, then worked on other projects like Funkdoobiest. The band made their first appearance at Lollapalooza on the side stage in 1992.
Black Sunday, the group’s second album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 1993, recording the highest Soundscan for a rap group up until that time. Also with their debut still on the charts they became the first rap artists to have 2 albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 at the same time. With “Insane in the Brain” becoming a crossover hit, the album went triple platinum in the U.S. and sold about 3.25 million copies.
Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California.
Cypress Hill was the first Latino group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums and over the course of its history has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide, including more than 11 million records in the U.S. alone.
Cypress Hill's first album called simply Cypress Hill, was released in August 1991. The lead single was "Phuncky Feel One," but it was the B-side "How I Could Just Kill A Man" which attracted more attention, receiving heavy airplay on urban and college radio.
For over two years, Cypress Hill had a running feud with West Coast rapper and former friend Ice Cube. The feud allegedly started when B-Real played a demo of the then unreleased album Temples of Boom for Ice Cube. According to B-Real, Ice Cube asked if he could use the song “Throw Your Set in the Air" for the soundtrack of his upcoming film Friday. B-Real refused. Ice Cube then recorded the song "Friday", which features a similar hook to “Throw Your Set in the Air". Cypress Hill viewed this as biting (stealing), and recorded the song “No Rest for the Wicked”, in which they attack Cube and accuse him of stealing their music.
Cypress Hill was banned from Saturday Night Live after Muggs smoked cannabis on-air and the band trashed their instruments while playing their second single "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That".
Insane in the Brain
Who you tryin' ta mess with ese?
Don't you know I'm loco?...
To da one on da flam
Boy it's tough
I just toss that ham in the fryin' pan
It's done when I come in
Damn, I feel like the Son of Sam
Don't make me wrek ya hectic
Automatic got me goin' like Gen'ral Electric
The lights are blinking I'm thinking
It's all over when I go out drinking
Makin' my mind slow,
That's why I don't fuck wit da big four-oh
I got ta' maintain
`Cuz a nigga like me is goin' insane
Insane in da membrane
Insane in da brain!
Do my shit undercover
Now it's time for for the blubber
To watch dat belly get fatter
Fat boy on a diet
Don't try it
I'll check your ass like a looter in a riot
Much too fast like a sumo slammin' dat ass
Leavin' your face in the grass
I don't take a chulo
Bitch just jealous `cuz he can't outwrite me
So kick that style, wicked
Happy face nigga never seen me smile
Whip dat mainframe
A nigga like me is goin' insane
Like Louie Armstrong
Play the trumpet, I'll hit dat bong
And break ya off somethin' soon
I got ta get my props
Come and try ta' snatch my crops
These pigs wanna blow my house down
To the next town
they get mad when they come to raid my pad
And I'm off in the night blue scad
Yes I'm the pirate
Of this ship if I get wit' the ultraviolet dream
Hide from the red light beam
Now do you believe in the unseen
But don't make ya' eyes strain
A nigga like me is goin' insane