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III (Temples of Boom)

Cypress Hill

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Cypress Hill is one of the rare groups whose bold innovations paid off with popular success. Instead of following up the smash hit Black Sunday with more of the same, they created the murky rap opus that is Temples of Boom. DJ Muggs had provided Cypress Hill and Black Sunday with uptempo funk beats, but here he turns towards the skeletal piano loops of “Killafornia” and “Stoned Raiders.” RZA and U-God guest on “Killa Hill N***as,” but the influence of Wu-Tang is felt throughout the album, especially on the spare, spooky guitar of “Illusions.” In terms of subject matter, Temples of Boom is meaner than its predecessors. The group’s psychotic roughhousing is displayed on “Throw Your Set In the Air,” “Red Light Visions” and “Let It Rain,” but “No Rest for the Wicked”— a vicious assault on fellow L.A. rappers Ice Cube and Westside Connection — brings out a frightening rage in B-Real and Sen Dog. The band’s love for smoked-out ambiance comes through in the jazzy “Boom Biddy Bye Bye,” “Funk Freakers” and “Everybody Must Get Stoned,” but Temples of Boom shows the band’s marijuana celebration morphing into a vivid subterranean paranoia.

Customer Reviews

Cypress Best Work!

Most will disagree, especially after the commercial successes of the first 2 albums, but for me, this was their best album. Cypress at their absolute peak. I would have not said this back in the day when all the Cypress albums were getting heavy rotation in my ride. I liked them all then. Now, after around ten years, and abondoning hip-hop music altogether, this is one of the few hip-hop albums I can still listen to and enjoy. I dont really care much for the other Cypress albums, other than a few songs on the first album. This album comes right after some media critics labeled them main stream, sell-outs. So, this album was kind of a "shut-em up" album with lots of agression and some of the phunkiest beats and sounds/samples of all time. I have long givin up my "smoking days", but this album gives you a good high w/o da yerba. Seriously! Timeless

Slept on

If Black Sunday was dark, this album is somewhere in the abyss. From beginning to end Muggs's best production.

The undisputed Cypress family

It's hard to decide whats better... This album or Black Sunday. These songs are more flowing and Black Sunday is more in your face. Buy em both!!


Formed: 1988 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cypress Hill were notable for being the first Latino hip-hop superstars, but they became notorious for their endorsement of marijuana, which actually isn't a trivial thing. Not only did the group campaign for its legalization, but their slow, rolling bass-and-drum loops pioneered a new, stoned funk that became extraordinary influential in '90s hip-hop — it could be heard in everything from Dr. Dre's G-funk to the chilly layers of English trip-hop. DJ Muggs crafted the sound, and B Real, with...
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