CY­PRESS HILL

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - LOUIS PAT­TI­SON

Ele­phants On Acid BMG 6/10 Latino rap trail­blaz­ers take it global

For a group so en­am­oured with the prop­er­ties of mar­i­juana, it’s sur­pris­ing it’s taken Cy­press Hill nine al­bums to make their gap-year record. But that’s Ele­phants On Acid: a trippy trip through coun­tries and cul­tures, as a means to ex­pand the LA trio’s claus­tro­pho­bic rap. DJ Muggs com­posed its beats while trav­el­ling the world, vis­it­ing King Solomon’s Tomb and the Dead Sea. The lyri­cal con­tent from MCs B-Real and Sen Dog is fairly rote, but a widened sonic pal­ette keeps things in­ter­est­ing: Egyp­tian mahra­gan singers on hashish call to prayer “Band Of Gyp­sies”, or the sitars that drone through­out “Je­sus Was A Stoner”.

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