Cypress Hill - S/t

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"“Pigs,” the opening track on Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut, does a wonderful job of setting the album’s tone, both lyrically and sonically. Emcee B-Real uses the nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy Went To Market” as a template to portray the Los Angeles police as a diverse but rotten entity. Although the song focuses very narrowly on cops, we are introduced to the album’s cartoonish portrayal of the violence that was very real and pervasive in the group’s blighted South Gate neighborhood. The emotional and psychological consequences of being oppressed by police are not explored on “Pigs,” nor are any other issues that arise from living in a troubled environment explored at any point in the record. To Cypress Hill, murder and other criminal mayhem are simply jumpoff points for making fun, strangely upbeat music."

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