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Cypress Hill Biography


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Birth Place: South Gate, California, United States
Years Active: 1988 – Present
Genres: Hip Hop, Rap Rock


Cypress Hill is a Latino American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Originally called DVX, the name was changed after Mellow Man Ace left in 1988. Cypress Hill was the first Latino group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide.

"Cypress Hill" their debut album was released on August 13, 1991. It was critically and commercially successful, getting certified double Platinum by the RIAA. It reached number 31 on the Billboard 200 chart.

"Black Sunday," their second album, was released on July 20, 1993. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, recording the highest Soundscan for a rap group at the time. The album went triple platinum in the U.S. It featured such hits as "Insane in the Brain," "Hits from the Bong" and "I Wanna Get High."

"Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom" was released in 1995. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Their fourth album "Cypress Hill IV" was released on October 6, 1998. It was certified Gold by the RIAA, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

"Skull & Bones," their fifth studio album, was released on April 25, 2000. The album is divided into two — a hip-hop disc ("Skull") and a rap metal disc ("Bones"). It features Everlast, Eminem, N.O.R.E., Christian Olde Wolbers and Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Chino Moreno of the Deftones. It's been certified platinum by the RIAA and reached the number 5 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Their most recent album "Rise Up" was released on April 20, 2010. It debuted on the Billboard 200 on April 28th at number 19 selling 18,000 copies.