Cypress Hill IV


Cypress Hill IV
Cypress Hill IV
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released October 6, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Latin hip hop, hardcore hip hop, West Coast hip hop
Length 73:17
Label Ruffhouse
Columbia Records
Producer DJ Muggs
Cypress Hill chronology
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
(1995)
Cypress Hill IV
(1998)
Skull & Bones
(2000)

Cypress Hill IV is the fourth album by the rap group Cypress Hill. It was released on October 6, 1998. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.[1] It is one of their most varied releases and one that DJ Muggs is most fond of.[citation needed]

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [2]
NME 7/10 stars[citation needed]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [3]
RapReviews.com (7.5/10) [4]
Yahoo! Music (favorable) [5]

Cypress Hill IV received mixed reviews from critics, with Allmusic giving it a strongly negative review.

Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "Cypress Hill's most bangin' LP since their 1991 debut.… Cypress Hill still name-check firearms, threaten rivals and smoke more weed than a congregation of Rastas. But the obsessions are means to an end."[6]

The Wire - "…they come out fighting. Red eyed, rabid and slobbering with skunk-fueled menace.… gangsta rap's future as a musical force is secure."[7]

Rap Pages - 4 (out of 5) - "Like previous albums…IV's fabulous formula of speakerphone tones by B-Real and sporadic comments by Sen Dog resembles 'How I Could Just Kill A Man'."[8]

Track listing

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Looking Through the Eye of a Pig"   Freese, Muggerud 4:06
2. "Checkmate"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:35
3. "From the Window of My Room"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 5:00
4. "Prelude to a Come Up" (featuring MC Eiht) Freese, Grinnage, Johnson, Karrer, Leopold, Malave, MC Eiht, Muchita, Muggerud, Wilson, Zauner 3:24
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Riot Starter"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 4:16
2. "Audio X" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:19
3. "Steel Magnolia" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:30
4. "I Remember That Freak Bitch (From the Club) / Interlude Part 2" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 5:22
5. "(Goin' All Out) Nothin' to Lose"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 3:53
Side C
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tequila Sunrise" (featuring Barron Ricks) Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 4:44
2. "Dead Men Tell No Tales"   Freese, Muggerud  
3. "Feature Presentation" (featuring Barron Ricks, Chace Infinite) Chace Infinite, Freese, Muggerud, Ricks 3:45
4. "Dr. Greenthumb"   Freese, Muggerud 4:24
Side D
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "16 Men Till There's No Men Left"   Freese, Muggerud 4:20
2. "High Times"   Freese, Fritz, Muggerud 4:13
3. "Clash of the Titans / Dust"   Freese, Muggerud 4:45
4. "Lightning Strikes"   Freese, Muggerud, Reyes 5:54
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
18. "Case Closed"   Freese, Muggerud 2:00
19. "Rags to Riches" (Special Edition Bonus Track)   4:07
Australian release bonus track
No. Title Length
18. "Champions"   2:37
Mexican release bonus track
No. Title Length
18. "Tequila Sunrise" (Spanish edition) 3:57

Personnel

  • B-Real - Vocals
  • Sen Dog - Vocals
  • DJ Muggs - Arranger, Producer, Mixing
  • Bobo - Bass, Percussion, backing Vocals
  • Sean Evans - Art Direction
  • Dean Karr - Photography
  • Manuel Lecuona - Mastering
  • MC Eiht - Vocals
  • Chace Infinite (of Self Scientific) - Vocals
  • Barron Ricks - Vocals
  • Mike Sims - Bass, Guitar
  • Troy Stanton - Engineer
  • Reggie Stewart - Bass

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200[9] 11
1998 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11

Kingpin: Life of Crime Soundtrack

The soundtrack for Kingpin: Life of Crime was provided by Cypress Hill, and featured three tracks from IV. They were:

  • "16 Men Till There's No Men Left"
  • "Checkmate"
  • "Lightning Strikes"

Alongside the full versions of these tracks, instrumental versions with the vocals removed were used as backing tracks. Cypress Hill also provided some of the voice acting for the game.

References

  1. ^ "American certifications – Cypress Hill IV". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Cypress+Hill+IV%22. 
  2. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "Cypress Hill: IV" at Allmusic. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Cypress Hill". RobertChristgau.com. http://robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Cypress+Hill. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ DJ Fatboy (October 1998). "Cypress Hill :: IV". RapReviews.com. http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/1998_10_cypress4.html. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Everett, Vic (6 October 1998). "Cypress Hill IV". Yahoo! Music. http://ca.music.yahoo.com/library/default.asp?m=content&add=review&i=12035229. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow): p. 130. 15 October 1998. ISSN 0035-791X. http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8215280&desc=2. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". The Wire: p. 57. January 1999 (1999-01). ISSN 0952-0686. http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8215280&desc=2. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cypress Hill IV". Rap Pages (Beverly Hills: LFP): p. 140. December 1998 (1998-12). ISSN 1063-1283. http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8215280&desc=2. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cypress Hill - IV > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at Allmusic. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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