These Latino Rap OGs Are Still Blazing It 25 Years After Their Debut

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Twenty-five years have passed since Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album burst onto the rap scene like a fit of smokey coughs. The album was an unapologetic glimpse into the culture of weed enthusiasts, who at that point were still hiding in the “Just Say No” shadow of the Reagan era.

“How I Could Just Kill A Man,” “Latin Lingo,” “Something for the Blunted,” and “Light Another” were just a few of the memorable tracks from their debut.


So brazen with their weed-centric lifestyle, they were banned from Saturday Night Live for sparking up on stage.

A laughable feat, considering the consumption of drugs that allegedly went on behind the scenes at SNL.

The album was so ahead of its time, it predated Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” by more than a year, and arguably paved the way for that album’s success.

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That isn’t sávila on Snoop Dogg’s hat.

Mainstream consumers showed so much love for Cypress Hill’s debut that the album went platinum, making them the first Latino Hip Hop group to accomplish that feat.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album release, Cypress Hill is rereleasing the album in the form of a collectible skull, inspired by their original logo.


The skull comes with a book that chronicles the making of the album and features photos from that era, as well. The timing for this rerelease couldn’t be any better. With weed culture experiencing a renaissance of sorts, the band will hopefully find a new audience that will carry the torch, or vaporizer, or edible, for years to come.

Read: They May Not Get a Lot of Shine, But these Latinos Helped Spark the Birth of Hip Hop

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