Cypress Hill

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Cypress Hill

Shy'an G

Fri, May 24, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$45.00

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Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill
DVX, the original incarnation of Cypress Hill, formed in 1986 when Cuban-born brothers Sen Dog (born Senen Reyes, November 20, 1965) and Mellow Man Ace hooked up with fellow Los Angeles residents Muggs (born Lawrence Muggerud, January 28, 1968) and B Real (born Louis Freese, June 2, 1970). The group began pioneering a fusion of Latin and hip-hop slang, developing their own style by the time Mellow Man Ace left the group in 1988. Renaming themselves Cypress Hill after a local street, the group continued to perform around L.A., eventually signing with Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1991. With its stoned beats, B Real's exaggerated nasal whine, and cartoonish violence, the group's eponymous debut became a sensation in early 1992, several months after its initial release. The singles "How I Could Just Kill a Man" and "The Phuncky Feel One" became underground hits, and the group's public pro-marijuana stance earned them many fans among the alternative rock community. Cypress Hill followed the album with Black Sunday in the summer of 1993, and while it sounded remarkably similar to the debut, it nevertheless became a hit, entering the album charts at number one and spawning the crossover hit "Insane in the Brain." With Black Sunday, Cypress Hill's audience became predominantly white, collegiate suburbanites, which caused them to lose some support in the hip-hop community. The group didn't help matters much in 1995, when they added a new member, drummer Bobo, and toured with the fifth Lollapalooza prior to the release of their third album, Temples of Boom. A darker, gloomier affair than their first two records, Temples of Boom was greeted with mixed reviews upon its fall 1995 release, and while it initially sold well, it failed to generate a genuine hit single. However, it did perform better on the R&B charts than it did on the pop charts. Instead of capitalizing on their regained hip-hop credibility, Cypress Hill slowly fell apart. Sen Dog left in early 1996 and Muggs spent most of the year working on his solo album. Muggs Presents the Soul Assassins was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews in early 1997, leaving Cypress Hill's future in much doubt until the release of IV in 1998. Two years later, the group released the double-disc set Skull & Bones, which featured a disc of hip-hop and a disc of their more rock-inspired material. Appropriately, the album also included rock and rap versions of the single "Superstar," bringing Cypress Hill's quest for credibility and crossover hits full circle. The ensuing videos for both versions featured many famous rap and rock musicians talking about their profession, and the song was a smash on MTV because of it. In the winter of 2001, the group came back with Stoned Raiders, another album to heavily incorporate rock music. Three years later, the band issued Till Death Do Us Part, which incorporated several styles of Jamaican music. In 2010 they announced their signing to Priority Records thanks to the label’s creative director, Snoop Dogg. The label released their eighth studio album, Rise Up, that same year.

In 2016, Cypress Hill celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of a limited-edition, ultra-deluxe “25th Anniversary Skull” reissue of their classic 1991 debut. The entire set is housed in a unique, hard resin black skull - a faithful, 3-D physical recreation of the group's 1991 logo and features a CD with remastered audio, a 100-plus page hardcover book that includes extensive liner notes with input from the group.

Cypress Hill will be touring throughout 2017. Dates include Snoop Dogg’s “Mount Kushmore Wellness Tour” in April before heading to Europe this summer. The group has also been in the studio and has plans to release new music later this year.
Shy'an G
Shy'an G
aspiring young MC, poet, and producer from the bay area who expresses her own life challenges and opinions about society through her music. She is all about uplifting spirits and tries her best to apply that into Hip-Hop. She has performed at the Oakland Museum of California in December of 2011, she has also performed at many local open Mics, especially, for an organization called "Dream Catchers". Recently, in March of this year, she has performed at UC Berkeley for the 27th and 29th annual Empowering Women of Color Conference and was one of the opening performers for Rocky Rivera. Shy'An instills positivity in her music and loves to pay homage to MCs who have and continue to influence her. She is rebellious against the negative messages in the media, not just in Hip-Hop, but any type of message that degrades the Youth, women, and low-privileged communities. Shy'An hopes to become one of the people who can help improve the way music is interpreted today.
Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.theuctheatre.org/