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Cypress Hill are a Hip-Hop group known for, among other things, lead rapper B-Real's high nasal voice; being one of the first majorly successful Latin American rap groups; pioneering the fusion of rock and rap; and the amount of lyrics they've produced devoted to promoting the consumption and legalization of marijuana. Also notable for cartoonishly over-the-top depictions of urban deprivation and violence, with no attempt to morally justify the actions in their songs.

Members:

  • B-Real (Louis Freese, born June 2, 1970)
  • Sen Dog (Senen Reyes, born November 22, 1965)
  • DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud, born January 28, 1968)
  • Eric Bobo (Eric Correa, born August 27, 1968)

Christian Olde Wolbers and Dino Cazares and Brad Wilk have also performed live instrumentation for the band's Rap Metal material.

Discography:

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  • 1991: Cypress Hill
  • 1993: Black Sunday
  • 1995: Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
  • 1998: Cypress Hill IV
  • 2000: Skull & Bones
  • 2001: Stoned Raiders
  • 2004: Till Death Do Us Part
  • 2010: Rise Up

"Tropes from the Bong":

  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Seems to be the overall feeling about police in their songs — if they're not goofing off, they're either harassing people or criminals themselves. "Pigs" covers all three instances.
  • Broken Record: Most of their choruses.
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned: "Hits from the Bong," "I Wanna Get High," etc.
  • Gangsta Rap: The Type 3 variety. A lot of their material that isn't about marijuana is about shooting people, trying to avoid getting shot, and/or dodging the police or retaliating against them.
    Off the top of my head, Boom Biddy Bye Bye, "Down on the floor and you don't ask why / Put a glock to your dome and you start to cry"
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  • Officer O'Hara: Referenced in songs from their first two albums with "Captain/Officer O'Malley".
  • Persona Non Grata: Are banned from ever performing on Saturday Night Live after trashing their dressing room and smoking marijuana onstage (their only appearance was on the season 19 episode hosted by Shannon Doherty).
  • Rap Rock: Generally considered to have pioneered this thanks to their crossover with rock fanbases since the beginning of their career. Albums like Skull and Bones and Stoned Raiders showcased both Rap Rock and Rap Metal, with instrumentation provided by members of Fear Factory and Rage Against the Machine.
  • Rearrange the Song: They rewrote "Rock Superstar" as "Just Another Victim" as a theme for Tazz on WWE's 2002 album WWF Forceable Entry.
    • "Hand on the Glock" on Black Sunday is a rework of/sequel to "Hand on the Pump" from their self-titled debut.
  • Refrain from Assuming: "Insane in the Membrane" isn't the song's name. It's "Insane in the Brain." It doesn't help that the band themselves used the wrong name during their appearance on The Simpsons.
  • Rock Star Song: "Rock Superstar."
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Mentioned in "Hand on the Pump."
  • Shout-Out:
    • At thirty seconds toward the end of the song "How I Could Just Kill a Man," someone is heard saying, "All I wanted was a Pepsi," a line from the Suicidal Tendencies song "Institutionalized."
    • One of the choruses of "Hole in the Head" has B-Real change the lyrics to "Scooby-Doo, Scooby Doo, y'all!"
  • Spicy Latinos: The whole band. B-Real is Cuban-Mexican from Los Angeles. Sen Dog was born in Cuba. DJ Muggs is Cuban-Italian from Queens, New York City. Eric Bobo is of Puerto Rican descent.
  • The Stoner: The whole band.

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