Hip-hop group Cypress Hill have signed an exclusive worldwide record deal with BMG, announcing the release on September 28 of Elephants On Acid, the band’s ninth studio album and their first in eight years. This was announced today by BMG headquarters in Berlin.
“We are delighted to be working with Cypress Hill,” said Maximilian Kolb, director, A&R recorded music BMG Germany. “Not only did they arguably kickstart the whole Latino hip-hop movement, interestingly they created music which has as much resonance here in Germany as it has in the US, influencing a new generation of artists. Eight years since their last studio album, we are very excited at the potential for this new record.”
Tom ‘Grover’ Biery, executive vp, recorded music BMG US, added: “Few hip-hop artists are as remarkable as Cypress Hill. The album “ Elephants On Acid “is yet another example of their enormous creativity and why they remain so vital today.”
Cypress Hill — comprised of B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs and Eric Bobo — will tour the US, South- and Latin-America and Europe beginning in September this year.
The band’s recordings have been streamed more than 500 million times and have sold almost 20 million records worldwide. They’ve been nominated for the Grammy Awards three times, reported BMG. “Elephants On Acid”, produced by DJ Muggs and released by BMG, comes 27 years after the release of Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut. The agreement with the artists is the result of a joint pitch by BMG’s German and US frontline recordings teams.
Cypress Hill’s 1991 debut album sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. The band’s second album Black Sunday (1993) debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and achieved triple platinum status in the US, driven by crossover hits “Insane In The Brain” and “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” which proved influential across genre lines.On their last release Rise Up (2010) Cypress Hill collaborated with rock artists including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello (B-Real’s bandmate in the rock combo Prophets of Rage).