It's been six years since Cypress Hill released their last album, Till Death Do Us Part. Though that album marked the parting of ways with Columbia Records, where the Los Angeles-rooted group made its debut in 1991, it did not signal any stagnation for their careers.
B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric Bobo have kept busy with various tours and musical side projects.
The latest album, Rise Up, began shaping up without a new label home in place. Soon after completing the album, their good West Coast friend Snoop Dogg, now Creative Chairman for Priority Records, extended an offer for them to join the legendary label that distributed music for N.W.A., Ice Cube, Ice T, and Master P.
Y! Music met up with the group on the rooftop of the historic Capitol Records building in Hollywood. Overlooking the city, Cypress, plus DJ Julio G and Young De, performed "It Ain't Nothing" and "Rise Up" from their new album, and even blessed us with their classic "Insane In The Brain."
In our interview, the group discussed their varied musical backgrounds that range from influences from reggae, classic rock, hip-hop, and old school funk.
Their song "It Ain't Nothing" responds to critics. "We felt it was necessary to address a couple sh-t talkers out there," Sen Dog said, opting not to name names.