Why We Still Love Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill
Tonight, west coast hip-hop favorites Cypress Hill return to the Best Buy theater. With over two decades of nationwide touring, they've developed a reputation as one of the most anticipated and consistent live shows in the genre. Even after departing from their longtime label Sony in 2008, the group have still maintained both their unity and their following as their fans remain as loyal as ever. We decided to take a look back at the group's 20-plus years of classic moments as a refresher on why we all love Cypress Hill.

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"How I Could Just Kill a Man" 1991
The group's breakthrough single, "How I Could Just Kill a Man," struck a chord with rap listeners as a track that stood out even during one of the genre's creative peaks. DJ Muggs' gritty thumping production balanced the nasally charisma of B-Real's delivery and brute force of Sen Dog's flow for a track that appealed to all corners of the hip-hop map. Helping the group's acceptance (and leading to confusion regarding their origin) was an early co-sign from EPMD's Erick Sermon who acquired the group's demo early on and shared it frequently with several New York artists, leading to a bevy of bi-coastal cameos in the video.

"I Ain't Going Out Like That" (Live on SNL) 1993
On October 2nd, 1993, the group forever solidified their status with stoners and left their mark in television history when they were banned from Saturday Night Live after DJ Muggs smoked a joint through their second performance. Remembered as one of the show's most shocking moments, even today it's surprising that both the controversial moment aired, as well as that the hoopla it sparked somehow didn't involve host Shannen Doherty.

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