Cypress Hill Perform At London’s HMV Forum (Review & Video)
Cypress Hill touched down in London to start a European tour by performing at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town last Tuesday night (5th June 2012).
Members of the Killerhiphop team were lucky enough to be in the venue to watch the Californian group made up of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Juilio G and Eric Bobo perform.
DJ Semtex was on hand to warm up the crowd by performing a strong selection of hip hop hits from Jay-Z, DMX, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Odd Future plus more.
The packed out venue saw Cypress Hill perform a strong 1hr40min set which included a number of their classics, “Insane In The Brain”, “How I Could Just Kill A Man”, “Tequila Sunrise” and “Dr Greenthumb” to name a few. At one point the stage lighting turned green and B Real lit up a joint on stage to perform “Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke it Up” from the Friday soundtrack.
DJ Julio G on the turntables and Eric Bobo on the percussion also broke up the set with a skillful DJ/Drum battle midway through. Eric Bobo certainly proved instrument playing is alive and well in a digital world with a great solo display on the drums.
The energetic crowd was a mix of hardened rock fans and younger rap listeners all familiar with the legacy that Cypress Hill hold. Mini mosh pits were breaking out, crowd surfing and a familiar smell was in the air as the audience were having a great time.
Just when you thought the energy levels couldn’t get any higher the second half of the show saw Cypress Hill perform some cuts from their new dubstep crossover EP with Rusko, Cypress x Rusko. “Lez Go” hit the audience with heavy bass lines proving that the “rap rock” pioneers are still adaptable to new forms of music.
They finished the evening by performing their hit record (Rock) Superstar. After which Sen Dog crowd surfed, ending with him upside down before security pulled him back to the stage.
Overall it was an impressive show from the legendary group with a mix of their new tracks as well as classics which the crowd loved. Now they are off to Amsterdam to get crowds high there. It’s well worth checking out one of their shows. To see if they are coming to a city near you check out their tour dates and purchase tickets here.
The next day we managed to grab an interview with Cypress Hill to discuss their new EP, touring and much more. Stay tuned for our exclusive interview coming soon.
Many Thanks: Libby M.
Footage via Youtube