Cypress Hill are back and impressive. It's taken 6 years for this iconic hip hop group to produce a new album, but on just one listen it was well worth the wait.
In my opinion the last 3 Cypress albums have lacked in some way - 'Skull and Bones' had it's moments, namely one song - '......Superstar' (insert 'Rap', or 'Rock' depending on your preferred genre), and it's split disc 'genre' thing (one disc hip hop, the other metal) didn't work. Apart from the fore mention song the album was forgettable. 'Stoned Raiders' was certainly a step in the right direction, but it sounded too upbeat at times, a little like they were trying too hard, sure, it had it's moments, and still incorporated the rock sound of 'Skull and Bones' (part of the Cypress experience now) but it just wasn't Cypress. And as for 'Till Death Do Us Part', well that's probably the worst album I've heard for a long time, it's a Reggae thing just doesn't suit, again it sounds like Cypress were trying to find a new direction, it sounds a bit desperate.
6 years later we have 'Rise Up'. And hell, they have certainly risen. This album incorporates all their experiments with rock and rap, difference is, this time they got it right. It's basically a hip-hop album, the rock side is mainly made up of guitar riffs from the likes of Tom Merello (RATM) and one or two others, but the general theme is hip hop, don't expect the sudden burst of metal like in the '...Raiders' album, this is strictly hip hop (pun not intended). There are one or two stand out tracks, but the whole album is solid.
In Summary: This is the best Cypress Hill album since 'Black Sunday'.