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Cypress Hill
TILL DEATH DO US PART
(Sony)
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In the early ’90s, this Latino hip-hop trio pioneered a stoned, menacing style that paraded their love of marijuana consumption and consequently sold millions of units to a massive crossover audience. Disbanding only to re-form with a more rock-edged approach, Cypress Hill are still-standing veterans of the gangsta scene they helped foster. Although it boasts nothing as gripping as their 1992 single, "How I Could Just Kill a Man," Till Death Do Us Part shows that even if the band’s style remains bound to the ’90s, they’re more creative and interesting than much of what dominates today’s hip-hop charts. B-Real, Muggs, and Sen Dog still sparkle and snort, most notably on the opening track, "Another Body Drops," where the chorus "Shoot ’em up bang bang" is pure gangsta, and on the party-pumpin’ vehicle "Latin Thugs," which has a jerking beat and a horror-core chorus that reeks of Saturday-night cruising. "Money" wears an infectious old-school groove, the title track matches steaming church organ with a haunted-requiem choir, and the sludgy "Never Knows" chants, "I just must die tonight/So let’s get high tonight." Sound familiar?

BY KEN MICALLEF


Issue Date: April 23 - 29, 2004
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