Get On Down offers deluxe Cypress Hill debut package
Back in 1991, Cypress Hill debuted to the world thanks to a menacing single called “How I Could Just Kill a Man.” During the rise of the gangsta rap scene, the group garnered critical praise behind their grim rhymes and powerful beats. For “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” producer DJ Muggs used Lowell Fulson’s “Tramp,” a sample that has been utilized numerous times in hip-hop history but rarely with as potent of an effect as on the Cypress Hill single.
Of the track, Sen Dog recalls in the liner notes of the new set released by Get On Down Records, “It had a really deep message, and I think that’s where we really broke ground as far as what Cypress Hill would be.” The label wasn’t so sure that the track would be a successful single. B-Real remembers, “They thought ‘Kill a Man’ was so aggressive that they couldn’t possibly push it to radio.” Fortunately for the group, the song found its way to the movie Juice, which pushed it to the forefront of the hip-hop music world.
Get On Down is reissuing the 7-inch with its A-side, “The Phuncky Feel One,” as well as a special-edition Skull version of the self-titled album. Pre-sales of the Skull set have already begun and copies will start shipping in October. Only 1,991 are being produced to commemorate the album’s 25th anniversary. See the video below for more information about the set and for a message from B-Real and Sen Dog.
Since its release, the self-titled album has gone on to sell double-platinum and has been praised from publications ranging from Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, Spin, The Source, and more.
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