Have you ever heard of the hip-hop Group Cypress Hill? If you haven’t, it’s probably because you don’t pay any attention to this particular genre of music whatsoever. That’s because the group has achieved great things with their music that have never before been achieved with this particular genre, such as selling more than 20 million copies of an album and going multi-platinum. Furthermore, they’re largely credited with establishing the type of hip-hop that was performed throughout the 1990s, not to mention being a major influence for hip-hop music that originated on the West Coast. If you want to get more familiar with their sound, here are 10 of their best songs ranked from number 10 to number one. If one of them piques your interest and you want to hear it for yourself, simply click on the YouTube link that’s attached to each song.
10. Siempre Peligroso (1999)
People often speculate about exactly what the lyrics to the song mean. The title translates in English to “always dangerous.” The lyrics themselves talk about taking someone out into the middle of the dark night and throwing them down a hole, only to light them on fire. Shortly thereafter, there are lyrics about smoking pot and about someone’s blood being all over the floor because Cypress Hill are killers. Perhaps it’s a song meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek. It has rather dark undertones, but it has become one of their more popular songs nevertheless.
9. Dr Greenthumb (1998)
If you couldn’t already tell from the title, this is largely a song about someone who likes to grow (and smoke) weed. It also has a bit of darkness to it, as is the case with a lot of hip-hop songs. It gets quite a bit darker when it starts talking about the police trying to prevent this particular individual from growing their weed and enjoying it as they would otherwise prefer to do. Some people consider it a song about someone who doesn’t want to be controlled by authority and others consider it much more subversive than that. Like a lot of songs, it really depends on your personal perspective and what you’re thinking about when you listen to it.
8. Lowrider (2001)
This is often considered to be your typical hip-hop song, If there is such a thing. More than anything else, it talks about the hip-hop lifestyle. It’s important to point out that this is not just a genre of music. It is very much considered a full-on lifestyle by those individuals who love it the most. That seems to be precisely what the members of this group are trying to convey here in the song.
7. Tequila Sunrise (1998)
This is another song that talks about the darker side of what some people might consider the hip-hop lifestyle. Mainly, it’s a song about living life to the fullest, all while simultaneously sleeping with one eye open. The lyrics talk about ensuring that you always know what’s going on around you and that you realize that one way or another, someone is always out to get you, often when you least suspect it.
6. Hits from the Bong (1993)
The title of this song is fairly self-explanatory. As such, you’ve probably already figured out what the lyrics are about. In short, it’s all about smoking weed and getting high. Of course, there’s some other stuff thrown in for good measure, such as the types of things that you experience when you get high and the need to stay away from the police in order to avoid jail time.
5. Insane in the Brain (1993)
Just like the title of the song says, this is a song that basically talks about being a little bit shy of playing with a full deck. It is told in a rather interesting manner and it’s done in a fashion that is very true to the hip-hop genre.
4. Insane in the Membrane (2011)
Oddly enough, this is little more than a re-release of the previous song that was released in 1993. It was extremely popular at the time of its original release, so much so that the group decided it would be worth it to release it again all those years later. Not surprisingly, a whole new generation of individuals found it and fell in love with it, hence the reason that both the original and the remake wound up on this list.
3. Superstar (2000)
The lyrics in this particular song tell a story about someone trying to be someone they’re not. It talks about the dangers of putting on a facade in order to impress other people, especially when that has you jumping through hoops in order to keep everything straight. The lyrics go on to talk about how much better it is to simply be one’s ordinary self as opposed to trying to be a superstar and pretend to be something they’re not.
2. Illusions (1995)
This is actually a rather depressing song. It’s told from the perspective of a person that is going insane, even to the point of wanting to commit suicide. The lyrics talk about not being able to tell what is real versus what isn’t any longer. In the song, virtually every person that this individual knows has tried to convince him to get help, yet he has refused to do so and is now spiraling deeper and deeper into this pit of insanity that he feels like he can never crawl out of.
1. Loco en el coco (1999)
There’s a reason that this particular song is often regarded by fans as one of their absolute best, if not the best. It tells a story and it has an important message. Like most of their songs, it’s told through the genre of hip-hop but at its core, it’s a song about refusing to give up, no matter how much the odds are stacked against you. In fact, the lyrics in the song talk about allowing the things that would otherwise break you to make you stronger instead, thereby allowing you to get up and go right back at it again, even during the darkest times. It’s no wonder that it’s so popular, considering the fact that it’s inspirational and also enjoyable to listen to.