Album Review, Hip Hop, West Coast Rap

Album Review: Cypress Hill > Rise Up

Album: Rise Up
Artist: Cypress Hill
Label: Priority
Genre: Hip Hop / West Coast
Length: 58:11
Featured Artists: Tom Morello, Mike Shinoda, Everlast, Pitbull, Marc Anthony, Evidence, The Alchemist, Daron Malakian, Young De
Featured Producers: B-Real, DJ Muggs, Pete Rock, Jake One, Jim Jonsin, DJ Khalil, Mike Shinoda, Tom Morello, Sick Jacken, Daron Malakian
Links: Wikipedia | iTunes
Analysis: For their “comeback” album, Cypress Hill have recruited an almost impressive number of late 90s nu-metal superstars: Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, System of a Down’s Daron Malakian – not to mention long-forgotten Everlast, and Latin explosion-era Marc Anthony. Those names should pretty much sum up what Rise Up sounds like: 1999 rap/rock + weed. B-Real carried a pretty good solo album last year, but here his longtime rhyming partner Sen Dog really drags him down with his slow-witted boasts and irrational-for-his-age police hatred. A few tracks that are lighter on electric guitars and heavier on West Coast flavors stand out above the rest, but despite production appearances from on-point beatmakers Pete Rock, Jake One and DJ Khalil, Cypress refuses to leave this wretched genre out of our consciousness.
Rating: 4.0
Highlights: ‘It Ain’t Nothin’ ft. Young De • ‘Bang Bang’ • ‘Armed & Dangerous’

Tracklisting / Music Videos:

01. ‘It Ain’t Nothin‘ ft. Young De

02. ‘Light It Up’Vodpod videos no longer available.

03. ‘Rise Up‘ ft. Tom Morello

04. ‘Get It Anyway’

05. ‘Pass the Dutch’ ft. Evidence

06. ‘Bang Bang’

07. ‘K.U.S.H.’

08. ‘Get ’em Up’

09.’Carry Me Away’ ft. Mike Shinoda

10. ‘Trouble Seeker’ ft. Daron Malakian

11. ‘Take My Pain’ ft. Everlast

12. ‘I Unlimited’

13. ‘Armed & Dangerous’

14. ‘Shut ’em Down’ ft. Tom Morello

15. ‘Armada Latina’ ft. Pitbull & Marc Anthony


2 thoughts on “Album Review: Cypress Hill > Rise Up

  1. Love Cypress and the whole Marijuana lyrics. Can’t wait to see them this summer on tour. Support the Decriminalization of Marijuana America.

    HighRise Syndicate

    Posted by highrisesyndicate | April 23, 2010, 8:26 pm


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