i must give a shout to my man Angry! who insisted on me giving this joint another chance after saying that Cypress Hill fell off after their first 3 albums. i had all the Cypress album from first to "Skull & Bones" in 2000 but i traded or sold all of them back then but about a year ago i bought this re-issue package that has their first four albums + "Stoned Raiders" for a cheap price. incredibly price-worthy package for all that incredible music altho it's not the same as having the original CD pressings with full packaging (this is a box with slipcases for each of the albums with original cover and back - still have my original "Temples of Boom" 2xCD tho).
i'm really glad i gave this joint another chance cuz Cypress Hill's "IV" is straight up evil! the blunted boom-bap off DJ Muggs dusty sampler is still intact but the smoke clouds have lightened a little from "Temples of Boom" and there are more live instruments incorporated and a heavier nod to metal than on previous work. there's a great balance in the sound tho, there's no doubt that this is 100% hip-hop altho the rock references are pretty obvious at places and there's often a mystery what the hell it is exactly that Muggs samples cuz his sound is so unique and most of the times you never heard the sounds he uses.
B-Real comes off as a master rhymer here, this might actually be his strongest performance of all the Cypress LP's. he's playing around with and suceeding in using a wide array of different flows and deliveries and altho the lyrical themes might not go too far away from the usual big buds, freak bitches and gang banging he is most def in his element here, that unique nasal voice intact. the extreme differences between B-Real's and Sen Dog's distinctive voices is what makes them such a deadly combination, Sen Dog ain't the best rapper but he perfectly compliments B-Real. there's also a guy on here called Barron Ricks that features on 4-5 songs that also sounds great in the context of Cypress Hill.
i don't know why the hell i was saying Cypress fell off after their first 3 joints but considering i hadn't given "IV" another chance for almost 10 years made me eat my words up. peace Angry!
some favorites are: "Looking Thru The Eyes of a Pig" (iLL and creative story-telling)
"Prelude to a Come Up" (MC Eith and B-Real proves to be a deadly combination boi)
"Interlude II" (damn listen to that Muggs beat!)
"Tequila Sunrise" (great single, this one always stood out to me)