Cypress Hill were notable for being the first Latino hip-hop superstars, but they became notorious for their endorsement of marijuana. Their slow, rolling bass'n'drum loops pioneered a new, stoned funk that became extraordinary influential in '90s hip-hop, heard in everything from Dr. Dre's G-funk to the chilly layers of English trip-hop. DJ Muggs crafted the sound, and B Real was responsible for the rhetoric that made them famous. The pro-pot position became a little ridiculous over time, but there was no denying that the music had a strange, eerie power, particularly on the band's first two albums. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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