Best “They’re Still Around?” Set
If you’ve seen a Cypress Hill set in the past decade, you’ve seen their Soundset performance, give or take alterations in set order. This isn’t necessarily a value judgment, but rather an acknowledgement that you’re going to hear a lot of turntable scratching, spirited renditions of “Hits from the Bong” and “Insane in the Brain”, and a lot of references to the old school. And that’s what the stalwart West Coast performers delivered.
It’s been over 20 years since Black Sunday dropped, and though the crew have been prolific since (eight LPs, with another due later this year), most of their iconic material was released before much of Soundset’s 2014 crowd was born. While the reception wasn’t quite as spirited for their set as others throughout the day, they pushed on regardless, bringing a set with lots of bass, a plethora of turntable work, and consistent reminders throughout that Cypress Hill do indeed enjoy marijuana, just in case you forgot.
And for all Cypress Hill’s attempts to cross over into every conceivable genre over the years (and there have been a lot of them, from their stint as WWE entrance music musicians to their recent collaborations with Rusko and Deadmau5), their Soundset performance cut aside all the grabs at continued relevance and simply highlighted a trio that’s still going strong when so many of their contemporaries left the game long ago. –Dominick Mayer