'It doesn't feel like work': 30 years later, Cypress Hill tour focuses on debut album, introduces new music - Albuquerque Journal

‘It doesn’t feel like work’: 30 years later, Cypress Hill tour focuses on debut album, introduces new music

Legendary hip-hop band Cypress Hill is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its debut album with a tour, which makes a stop in Albuquerque on Wednesday, Aug. 11. (Courtesy of Columbia Records)

It’s been three decades since Cypress Hill released its debut album and made its impact on popular culture.

Nearly 10 albums in, the men in the iconic hip-hop group are still going strong.

Although they are readying a new album, Sen Dog says they are focusing on the album that made it all happen with their current tour.

“We’ve had a lot of family time at home,” Sen Dog says of the pandemic. “You’ve gotta make the good out of every situation. I’ve enjoyed the time hanging with my kids and that stuff.”

In 1991, the South Gate, California-based hip-hop group came out with its debut album, which eventually went double platinum and featured the hit singles “The Phuncky Feel One,” “Latin Lingo” and “How I Could Just Kill a Man.”

The group is rounded out by B-Real, DJ Muggs and Eric Bobo.

Sen Dog says the band’s music has always had a message.

When the group started, it was in the forefront of West Coast and 1990s hip-hop.

In 2019, the group became the first hip-hop group to have a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Our whole careers, we’ve been going at it,” Sen Dog says. “Today, we are raising awareness of the cannabis movement.”

Looking back on his stellar career, Sen Dog says it hasn’t felt like 30 years.

“When you get into the grind of recording and supporting that music, it can seem like a long time,” he says. “But when you look at what we do, it doesn’t feel like work.”

Sen Dog says the members of Cypress Hill have handled their careers in their own way.

“We’ve had plenty of ups and downs,” he says. “But it was decisions made by us. I feel fortunate to have gone through this with all the group. It’s taught me a lot about who I am as a musician and personally. I physically feel like I can do another 30 years.”

One aspect that has changed in Sen Dog’s life over the course of his journey with Cypress Hill is responsibility.

“Back in the day, I had a reputation of not caring too much,” he says. “When I got back into the band, I wanted to be the guy you could count on. When I was younger, I didn’t want to be that guy.”

Working on new material for an coming album has also been different.

Sen Dog says it’s a breeze because “you show up to the studio and work.”

“In the old days, we’d spend three years making a record,” he says. “Now, it’s come in when you can. It’s a smooth approach, and technology has helped streamline it all. I don’t think we have anything to prove. The next chapter is to continue our legacy at our level of excellence.”

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