Cypress Hill is eyeing a fall release date for their first Columbia album since 2001's "Stone Raiders."

Cypress Hill is eyeing a fall release date for their first Columbia album since 2001's "Stone Raiders." Taking a quick break from the studio, the group is out on its first headlining mini-tour of the U.S. in nearly four years. Cypress Hill is playing several club gigs under Miller Genuine Draft's "Pure Night Out" banner, beginning last night (July 28) at Chicago's Metro.

The group spoke to reporters before the show about a wide range of topics, including the new album, its recently-concluded supporting slot on the European leg of Eminem's Anger Management tour and recent FCC rulings that aim to further deregulate radio station ownership. Speaking out about media conglomerates, Cypress Hill's B-Real said, "We understand it's a business, but it makes it harder for bands to get out there and do their thing."

DJ Muggs said the group's live sets will feature a lot of old material, including some favorites fans haven't heard in years. But don't expect to hear a sneak peak of the forthcoming album. "It doesn't seem like hip-hop audiences are up for that," he said.

The group added that it was listening to a lot of mix tapes and hip-hop as it puts together the new record, but didn't go into any detail about potential guest MCs. "We're just making the same phat product using the chemistry that got us here," Muggs said.

"Stoned Raiders" debuted at No. 26 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 64 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 258,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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