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Cypress Hill Recruit Tom Morello, Sample CSN on Rocking New LP

It has been six years since Cypress Hill’s last album, Til Death Do Us Part, but the breather afforded the West Coast stoner hip-hop troupe time to reel in big-name collaborators for their newest disc. Rise Up, the group’s eighth studio release, set to be (appropriately) unleashed on the blazer-friendly holiday 4/20, features guest appearances from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, System of a Down’s Daron Malakian and J.Lo hubby Marc Anthony. “This is the first time we’ve reached out to so many people,” B-Real, in an extra-baggy black hoodie with gold trimming, tells Rolling Stone while kicking back on a recent visit to his group’s new record label in New York. “We wanted to do something special.”

Three years ago while several of the group’s members were busy with solo projects, Cypress Hill set up shop in B-Real’s private Los Angeles studio, the Temple, to “pick out some beats” and get the ideas flowing. While meticulously rolling a joint, Sen Dog explains that the six-year gap between albums was longer than he had expected. B-Real, however, enjoyed the lack of pressure. “We didn’t have an A&R guy knocking on our door telling us, ‘Hey, the record’s gotta be delivered at this time,’ ” he says. “We just decided, we’re gonna record everything first and find a home for it after.” The group was recently snagged by Snoop Dogg’s record label, Priority.

The result is a fuller-sounding LP that melds Cypress Hill’s signature hip-hop and rock sides. And to accomplish a genuine rock vibe, B-Real enlisted an old friend: Morello. The Rage guitarist guest-produces and performs on the album’s thrashy title track and the heavy “Shut ‘Em Down.” “We thought, ‘Who can bring the best part of us in that whole [rock] realm?,’” B-Real says. “Obviously, Tom can.”

The biggest surprise, however, doesn’t come until the album’s “sunset,” as B-Real likes to call the closing track. “Armada Latina,” produced by Jim Jonsin (T.I.’s “Whatever You Like,” Lil Wayne “Lollipop”), is a salsa-flavored booty-shaker with a slick verse by Pitbull and a chorus by Marc Anthony that samples Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” “That was all Jim,” Sen-Dog says of borrowing from the Hall of Fame legends. “But we definitely had to put our own mentality on it. It had to be something about the whole Latino culture.”

With Snoop’s full support (”Having the stoner mentality, he understands us,” Sen Dog says) the group was all business when recording the LP. But when two old legends stopped by the studio, Cypress couldn’t help finally letting loose. “They were hilarious,” B-Real says of a pop-in from stoner heroes Cheech and Chong, who appear on “K.U.S.H.” “You got the funny grandfather chillin’ right there.”

Percussionist Eric Bobo adds that he remembers “hoping not to get in trouble listening to their records” when he was a kid. “I didn’t even get what the Zig-Zag papers were all about.”


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Cypress Hill isn't the problem...

Cypress Hill was a bitching band til "Stoned Raiders"...

Turning a classing song into something radio friendly and plain, though, is.

I'll pass judgement on that collaboration til I hear some material but since I hate Daron Malakian and never liked Morello that much I don't expect much of it.

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Whenever someone calls a musician a "sellout", Tool's "Hooker with a Penis" pops in my head every time.

This is a sellout example though:

Dave Navarro in a Mariah Carey video playing a guitar solo that he did not record. She hired someone who had a rock star look.

and Slash when he's backed Michael Jackson (2 specific examples come to mind, one being the music video...Eddie Van Halen was never in "Beat It", and one where Jackson was at some awards show and doing a medley and they came out together...) and Jamie Foxx, because he used the Nov Rain solo in a place it didn't even belong or even meshed well with the song.

Jimmy Page, who's supposedly protective about Led Zep, playing "Kashmir" for Puff Daddy for the "Godzilla" movie, then going on SNL and playing it live. I don't care if he does a guitar solo for Britney Spears, but don't take a classic solo and whore it out., even if you were the one who created it. Again - Eddie Van Halen created a solo for Jackson, and didn't take a VH song and tacked it on.

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