Critically acclaimed rap group, Cypress Hill, has a busy year ahead of them, not only having just released their tenth studio album, Back In Black, but a new video for album highlight “Certified” and months of touring ahead.
Cypress Hill is a rap group from South Gate, California that have been active since the late 1980’s. They have paved the way for the rappers that followed, especially considering their desire to use Spanish lyrics in songs. This group stood their ground during a time when rappers had trouble getting booked to perform live. Cypress Hill shifted the culture of the music industry and for that their accomplishments did not go unnoticed. In fact, they earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sold more than 9 million albums, and were nominated for three Grammy Awards.
Considering, Back In Black is their first full-length album since Elephants on Acid in 2018, Cypress Hill had to adapt to today’s culture and were pushed creatively as artists. Their newest work has reconnected the group with Black Milk (Slum Village, Lloyd Banks, Pharoahe Monch), who produced the entire album.
Within Back In Black, the group raps about cannabis but in an educational way. Knowing the impact it has had on people of color, as well as where it stands with the federal government, Cypress Hill believes it is a significant conversation to have and what better way for them to vocalize that than through their lyrics.
We can talk about smoking, but there’s still a lot of people out there that need to be educated. As the scene has progressed and evolved into what it is now, there still are some road bumps out there. It’s not federally legal across the United States. It’s legal here in California and other states, but we still face a lot of obstacles in terms of the federal government. A lot of us are pushing to finally get it recognized federally. There’s still a whole lot of work to be done, so we just keep pushing along.B-Real
Furthermore, their video for “Certified” was directed by Tillavision, who have a great reputation for creating 3D, augmented reality and virtual reality content for well-known artists such as Swae Lee, Pop Smoke, JuiceWRLD and Young Dolph.
However, Cypress Hill’s agenda for 2022 does not end there. The rap group has plans to embark on a massive slate of touring including performances at Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow 2022.
With the visionary photographer and director Estevan Oriol, Cypress Hill has developed a documentary titled Insane In The Brain: Cypress Hill. It will debut as part of Showtime’s HIP HOP 50 banner on April 20 at 8pm ET/PT. This film will take viewers on a cannabis filled journey of the lives of the rap group, highlighting their relevancy for 30 years, unique sounds, and genre-shifting sonic tapestry. With never before seen footage, Insane In The Brain: Cypress Hill, will most importantly reflect the group’s everlasting brotherhood.
Tickets and VIP Packages for Cypress Hill’s tour are now available. For more information visit the Cypress Hill website.
CYPRESS HILL LIVE 2022
3/18 – Kings Of The West – Rio Rancho, NM %
3/20 – Big Surf Water Park – Tempe, AZ
4/2 – Smoking Gun Casino – El Paso, TX
4/9 – North Carolina Azalea Fest 2022 – Wilmington, NC ^
4/19 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO %
5/18 – Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA *
5/20 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY *
5/21 – Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI *
5/22 – SNHU Arena – Manchester, NH *
5/24 – MVP Arena – Albany, NY *
5/26 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC *
5/28 – Videotron Centre – Quebec, QC *
5/29 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON *
5/30 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON *
6/1 – Heritage Bank Center – Cincinnati, OH *
6/2 – Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI *
6/4 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI *
6/5 – TaxSlayer Center – Moline, IL *
6/7 – Azura Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS *
6/9 – The Broadmoor World Arena – Colorado Springs, CO *
6/11 – Ford Idaho Center – Nampa, ID *
6/13 – Climate Pledge Arena – Seattle, WA *
6/14 – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater – Ridgefield, WA *
6/17 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV *
6/18 – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA *
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^ – Festival date
* Knotfest Roadshow 2022