COED Interview’s 420 Flag-Wavers Cypress Hill

We’ve run down a list of must-have swag for a stoner’s most revered date — 420.  And we’ve discussed some odd bits of pot culture news leading up to the big day.  The time has come, so COED is out to get some insight from a member of the one of the most successful flag-waving cannabis progressive rap groups in history.

With the brand new studio album, Rise Up, Cypress Hill stands to deliver more than a dime bag of heavy jams that are promised to be the most “aggressive” this group has ever sparked up.

Serving as the drummer for the ‘Hill” since 1993, Bobo has anchored the group’s percussion section, sharing beat making duties with DJ Muggs, and backing up Sen Dog and B-Real.  The son of Latin jazz musician, the late Willie Bobo Correa, Eric Bobo has music in the blood and plays just about any genre he steps into – just look at his resume and you’ll see what we mean.  From metallic jams to smokey grooves, Bobo has lit it up with everyone from the Beastie Boys to the Smashing Pumpkins.

Stepping out from behind the drum kit, Bobo took the time to give COED an exclusive interview about this record. Here are his top 4 reasons why Rise Up should be your number one choice for your 420 listening party.

1. 420 is good day:

“Well, to be honest it had different release dates,” he admits of the original schedule for the album Rise Up.  “It did suggest 420, but for some reason the powers that be didn’t see it that way.  And now that everything is happening and getting ready for the release, we figured why not release it on 420.  It also gave us two more weeks to help with setting this up and everything like that. All in all, it was a calculated decision and I’m glad it’s going down.”

2. Fans will get more bang for their buck:

“We originally wanted to make it short, like twelve songs,” he explains.  “But then we were thought there are fans that have been waiting for six years to come out with a record and all we’d give them is twelve songs? That didn’t really cut the mustard, so I think we went and gave them a full album.”

3. The record is all bud, no stems:

Rise Up wasn’t a quickly put together record, he says, but rather a smoldering process that came together just right simply because the group had no pressure or time constraints. “It’s not like we decided we’re going to do fifteen songs and no more.  We’re constantly trying different things.” Bobo adds, ” There are a lot of songs that didn’t make the cut, and it’s not like they weren’t good songs, they were really good.  But the way the album was taking shape, and once it takes a form, there are only certain pieces that can complete it in the correct way.  That’s how you build it.”

4. The dope on sonic blends :

Along with a variety of musical guests on the album, one of the most unique examples, musical experimentation, “Armada Latina”, formed a hybrid strain like nothing the group has done before. Bobo says the track is not only very different for Cypress Hill, but for rap music in general. “That was one of, if not the last song we put down,” he recalls. “And that happens sometimes, the last song you put on comes out just magic.  Jim Jonsin was coming in for producing another track, and then he suggested we bring in Pitbull.  It built from there, and Marc Anthony came into the picture, so everything just kind of aligned. It happened pretty quick, but to come out the way it did was something new for us and it feels right, just an incredible song.”

Cypress Hill’s Rise Up is packed tight with fifteen tracks, and Bobo assures us Cypress Hill will tour very hard this year in support of it, so keep’em lit for future announcements.

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