Last night Latin-American rappers Cypress Hill burned down Brixton Academy with their weed fuelled hip hop onslaught. They took to the stage, at 9.15pm; not a moment too soon for the tightly packed fervent fans. Front man B-Real greeted the crowd upon arrival ‘‘How you fuckin’ doing Lon-don!?’’ generating deafening cheers in response. This is their first London headline gig in a while so it’s understanding why everyone is so excited- it’s either that or they're just high on the fumes!
Appropriately, they opened with ‘ Get em’ high’ then went on to a medley of tracks from their self titled debut album which was released back in 1991 through to their latest album ‘Rise Up’. It’s safe to say there is a common theme going on: playing consecutively ‘I want to Get High’ with all members actually smoking a joint on stage, followed by ‘Stoned is the Way of the Walk’, ‘Hits from the Bong’ then a little role play from Sen Dog dying of a coughing fit requesting a Doctor leading to hit ‘Dr. Greenthumb’.
The rappers have great stage presence, continually engaging with the crowd and announcing that they will be back, ‘’no more 6 year gaps’’, what with the release of their new album they will back sooner than you can say pot.It’s hard to capture a decent photo with so many hands in air and everyone bouncing up and down although that’s always a sign of a good gig. The fuzzier the better in terms of the show! ‘Insane in the Membrane’ got the audience reaching new levels of craziness along with old school classic ‘A to the K’.
New single ‘Rise Up’ fits in well enough following a short break in the unruly set; then the stoners step up their game with ‘I ain’t Goin’ Out Like This’ and final track ‘ Rock Superstar’ which leaves the crowd drawling, wanting ‘‘more,more,more!’’ To my disappointment, ‘Tequila Sunrise’ was left out of the set list although for my first hip hop gig, I couldn’t fault them. I will definitely be checking the band out over on the main stage at Reading Festival this year!
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By Lucy Howell