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The new edit from Alchemist and Beat Butcha is featured on the 30th-anniversary edition of Cypress Hill’s classic self-titled debut album.
Cypress Hill is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 30th-anniversary of their debut album.
Originally released in 1991 via Ruffhouse and Columbia, the self-titled introduction to the West Coast rap crew was a transformative moment for hardcore rap, earning the group hip-hop’s first double-platinum album. And to mark its third decade in rotation, the group has issued an expanded edition of the classic with three previously unreleased cuts, including a reprise of “Stoned is The Way of The Walk,” a Spanish version of “Pigs,” and an extended clip of “The Phunky Feel One.”
Also featured in the commemorative rollout is a gorgeous new remix of the screeching album standout, “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” from Alchemist and Beat Butcha. Gone are the whaling horns and jagged drums of the original, replaced by a tranquil piano loop and washed-out strums of guitar. The remix is one of two fresh treatments of album singles. The group’s own DJ Muggs is behind another edit for “Hand on The Pump.” Both remixes are being released as standalone singles. As if that weren’t enough, Cypress Hill is also releasing a 7-inch box-set of their debut with Get On Down. The collection is limited to just 1,991 copies, featuring six 45s and an 80-page booklet of liner notes by Chris Faraone with photos, lyrics and more.
Later this year, the celebration continues with a graphic novel adaptation of the group’s origin story and a definitive documentary titled Hits From The Bong, which is set to be released as a part of Showtime’s upcoming Hip-Hop 50 retrospective along with a number of new documentaries on unsung rap pioneers.
Hear Alchemist and Beat Butcha’s remix of Cypress Hills’ “How I Could Just Kill A Man” below.