Editors’ Notes After an astounding 20 years in the rap game, Cypress Hill has earned its stripes as one of the culture’s most consistent and original groups. B-Real told the press that they wanted Rise Up to be more aggressive and uptempo, in order to enliven the group’s concert experience. The rap/metal mash-ups “Trouble Seeker” and “Shut ‘Em Down” go too far in altering the Cypress Hill blueprint, but on the other hand, “Rise Up” is a winning balance of ‘roid rock and Latin funk. (The song is definitely aided by the inimitable grooves of longtime group percussionist Eric Bobo.) The group has reached out to a diverse list of producers. The rich funk of Pete Rock’s “Light It Up” and Jake-One’s “Armed and Dangerous” is a comfy fit for Cypress, and there is an awesome synergy at work in “Armada Latina,” a luminous summertime flip of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Suite Judy Blue Eyes.” But at the end of the day, the group does best when it works close to home. B-Real laces the album with the swift-and-tough “Get ‘Em Up,” while the inimitable DJ Muggs revives the classic Cypress groove for “Pass the Dutch” and “Take the Pain.”

SONG
It Ain't Nothin' (feat. Young De)
1
4:01
 
Light It Up
2
3:17
 
Rise Up (feat. Tom Morello)
3
3:50
 
Get It Anyway
4
4:20
 
Pass the Dutch (feat. Evidence & The Alchemist)
5
3:20
 
Bang Bang
6
3:49
 
K.U.S.H.
7
4:57
 
Get 'Em Up
8
3:52
 
Carry Me Away (feat. Mike Shinoda)
9
4:07
 
Trouble Seeker (feat. Daron Malakian)
10
3:39
 
Take My Pain (feat. Everlast)
11
3:37
 
I Unlimited
12
4:24
 
Armed and Dangerous
13
3:27
 
Shut 'Em Down (feat. Tom Morello)
14
3:26
 
Armada Latina (feat. Pitbull & Marc Anthony)
15
4:04
 

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