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Despite the best efforts of DJ Muggs, Cypress Hill ran out of gas fairly quickly, entering a tailspin as soon as their third album. Back at full strength with the return of Sen Dog, Cypress Hill devised a full-scale comeback with their fifth album, Skull & Bones. The idea behind the album was to divide it into two — a hip-hop disc ("Skull") and a rock disc ("Bones"). This would guarantee some publicity, at the very least, and, hopefully, it would win over the new generation of adolescents who flipped for rap-metal acts like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit. On paper, it's a sound theory, but there was a slight flaw — the group is kind of lame when they rock. Their band is competent enough, and B Real's voice does sound good with overdriven guitars, but their rock songs utterly fall apart, since they have no hooks, no catchy riffs, and no character. If rap-metal was all there was to Skull & Bones, it would be a bit of an embarrassment. Fortunately, the "Skulls" disc is their finest effort since Black Sunday. Muggs is in prime form, creating funky, ominous, evocative soundscapes, which B Real makes the most of with fluid rhymes. At times, B Real does descend into tastelessness ("Stank Ass Hoe"), and neither he nor Sen Dog really find any new lyrical ground, but sonically, "Skulls" is a blast; B Real's whine and Sen Dog's gruff, blunt style are the perfect match for Muggs' darkly cinematic soundscapes, and, on a purely sonic level, it's quite intoxicating. At their best, Cypress Hill are a hip-hop experience unlike any other, and, ignoring the "Bones" disc, this is the best they've been in a long, long time.

Biografía

Fecha de formación: Los Angeles, CA, 1988

Género: Hip-Hop/Rap

Años de actividad: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cypress Hill fueron conocidos por ser las primeras superestrellas del hip hop latino, pero se hicieron famosos por su apoyo al consumo de marihuana. Sus loops lentos, giratorios, de bass-and-drum fueron pioneros de un funk nuevo y volado de extraordinaria influencia en el hip hop de los 90, que se escuchaba en todo: desde el G-funk de Dr. Dre hasta las frías capas del trip-hop inglés. DJ Muggs creó el sonido, y B Real fue el responsable de la retórica que los hizo famosos. La posproducción se hizo...
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