This Cypress Hill Anniversary Mix Shows Why Their Music Still Kills 25 Years Later (Audio)

Twenty-five years ago this month (8/13), Cypress Hill released their debut eponymous album. It was both a critical and commercial success, going on to sell over two million copies. Beyond its reception, the album represented a major milestone for Latinos. Despite the contributions of Latinos to Hip-Hop from its earliest days in the 1970s, Cypress Hill would become the first Hip-Hop album from Latino American artists to be certified platinum.

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Consisting of B-Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs, Cypress Hill fused the sonic bombast of Public Enemy with the hardcore street tales favored by N.W.A., Ice-T and other gangsta rappers of the time. While their cacophonous sound was as hard-edged as their rhymes, it actually was fueled by a gumbo of Soul, Jazz and Funk, from the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Grant Green, James Brown and Kool & The Gang.

As has become tradition with significant album anniversaries, Wax Poetics and Who Sampled have teamed up on a mix celebrating the release of Cypress Hill. Rather than just stringing together songs from the album, the mix takes listeners deep into the sonic fabric that makes up the LP, weaving in a number of the samples the group used in crafting their records. The mix also showcases rare remixes of some of the album’s classics. The entire tracklist can be found below.

1. Village Callers – ‘Hector’ (Sampled in ‘The Funky Cypress Hill Shit’)
2. Cypress Hill – ‘The Funky Cypress Hill Shit’
3. The Bar Kays – ‘Humpin’ (Sampled in ‘Real Estate’)
4. Tony Alvon & The Belairs – ‘Sexy Coffee Pot’ (Sampled in ‘Real Estate’)
5. Cypress Hill – ‘Real Estate’
6. Booker T. & The MG’s – ‘Boot-Leg’ (Sampled in ‘Born To Get Busy’)
7. Cypress Hill – ‘Born To Get Busy’
8. Lowell Fulson – ‘Tramp’ [Matman’s Killa Man Remix] (Sampled in ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’)
9. Cypress Hill – ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’
10. Cypress Hill – ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’ (Blunted Remix)
11. Curtis Mayfield – ‘Future Shock’ (Sampled in ‘Something for the Blunted’)
12. George Benson & Harlem Underground Band – ‘Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba’ (Sampled in ‘Something for the Blunted’)
13. Cypress Hill – ‘Something For The Blunted’
14. Grant Green – ‘Down Here On The Ground’ (Sampled in ‘Stoned Is The Way of the Walk’)
15. Jack Margolis – ‘Creativity’
16. Cypress Hill – ‘Stoned Is the Way of the Walk’
17. Cypress Hill – ‘Stoned Is the Way of the Walk’ (Reprise)
18. Muddy Waters – ‘Tom Cat’ (Sampled in ‘Ultraviolet Dreams’)
19. Cypress Hill – ‘Ultraviolet Dreams’
20. Chuck Cornish – ‘Ali Funky Thing’ (Sampled in ‘Pigs’)
21. Cypress Hill – ‘Pigs’
22. The Pazant Brothers – ‘A Gritty Nitty’ (Sampled in ‘Latin Lingo’)
23. Cypress Hill – ‘Latin Lingo’
24. Cypress Hill – ‘Latin Lingo’ (Prince Paul Mix)
25. The Meters – ‘Look-Ka Py Py’ (Sampled in ‘The Phuncky Feel One’)
26. The J.B.’s – ‘La Di Da La Di Day’ [Matman’s Phuncky Remix] (Sampled in ‘The Phuncky Feel One’)
27. Cypress Hill – ‘The Phuncky Feel One’
28. Fred Wesley and The J.B.’s – ‘More Peas’ (Sampled in ‘The Phuncky Feel One’)
29. Kool And The Gang – ‘Good Times’ (Sampled in ‘Light Another’)
30. Cypress Hill – ‘Light Another’
31. Gene Chandler – ‘Duke Of Earl’ (Sampled in ‘Hand On The Pump’)
32. Cypress Hill – ‘Hand On The Pump’
33, Cypress Hill – ‘Hand On The Pump’ (Muggs Blunted Mix)
34. Jimmy McGriff – ‘The Bird’ (Sampled in ‘Hole In The Head’)
35. Cypress Hill – ‘Hole In The Head’
36. John Roberts – ‘Sophisticated Funk’ (Sampled in ‘Tres Equis’)
37. Cypress Hill – ‘Tres Equis’
38. Willie Hutch – ‘Foxy Lady’ (Sampled in ‘Psychobetabuckdown’)
39. Cypress Hill – ‘Psycobetabuckdown’
40. Grand Wizard Theodore – ‘Military Cut’ (Sampled in ‘Break It Up’)
41. Cypress Hill – ‘Break It Up’
42. Jack Margolis – ‘History Of Mariijuana’ (Sampled in ‘Born to Get Busy’)