Cypress Hill, Jellyroll
Friday, May 6, with doors at 7 p.m.
Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 day of show/$45 for risers, available at Soul Kitchen, its website, Mellow Mushroom (both locations) or by calling 1-866-468-7630
In 1991, Cypress Hill crawled out of the bad streets of South Gate, California, and set the world ablaze with its fiery Latin American hip-hop. Not only were people enthralled with B-Real’s and Sen Dog’s respective trademark Spanglish verbal flow, but they were also mesmerized by the one-of-a-kind beats and samples DJ Muggs provided.
Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut produced memorable singles such as “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and “Hand on the Pump,” both of which drew listeners from across demographics. The sophomore effort, “Black Sunday,” served as the band’s breakout album, thanks to the single “Insane in the Brain.”
To date, they have released eight studio albums and earned numerous gold and platinum records. Along the way, Cypress Hill also had no reservations about publicizing members’ recreational marijuana use and their desire for full decriminalization of the popular plant. This was emphasized in the lyrics of many of the band’s songs as well as in the liner notes of albums such as “Black Sunday,” which includes a long list of facts about marijuana.
2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Cypress Hill, and the first leg of this tour will bring them to the Azalea City. This performance will take the local audience through Cypress Hill’s entire discography. The trio is known for its intense live shows, which sometimes includes live instrumentation. The relatively intimate confines of Soul Kitchen will allow everyone in attendance to experience Cypress Hill in an optimal setting.