DJ Muggs Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Cypress Hill "I Wanna Get High" (1993)

Album: Black Sunday
Label: Columbia
DJ Muggs: “I was living in New York full time in Queens, [where I’m originally from]. And B-Real and Sen had came out to New York, and stayed at my apartment with me. We pretty much did the album in like a month. The first album took three years. Second album we did in like a month.

“We rushed it, because, we were some kids, man, and all of a sudden, we were on tour. Nonstop. We toured like a punk rock band because we knew what it takes to make a record work. So we just toured and toured. We jumped on everybody’s tour. We were gold, opening up for fools who weren’t gold. We were platinum opening up for people. We were like, ‘You know what? We’re gonna go steal their fans.’ It wasn’t about how much we were going to make. We were going to go on tour with you, and steal all your fans.

 

With Black Sunday, I was going to change the whole Cypress sound. But I figured that the world didn’t get enough [of that sound]. The first album was really good, but I could still use the sound a little more.

 

“I think with the Beastie Boys, we made $500, $1,000 a night. We didn’t make any money on that tour, and we were already gold. We went to Europe, and we were already platinum, and we opened up for House of Pain. We were just going to steal fans. That was our thing. Build for the future, because, we might not be making the cash tonight, but we’re gonna build this shit, make our publishing later, make our merch later, and we’re gonna come back come back and cake up. Invest in your future.

“‘I Wanna Get High’ was pretty much, I would write some of the hooks for B-Real, but he wrote most of them. That was basically the Rita Marley song [‘I Want to Get High’], but with his vocal tone. He kicked it. And, you know, when we do albums, I like to fuck with the [song structure]. All that 16, 8, 16, 8 is dead. I never liked that. I like making interesting song arrangements. I always liked doing songs with one long verse, and breaking the song down in the middle. And that was pretty much in the same spirit as ‘Stoned Is The Way of the Walk.’ It was the same structure as that song.

“With Black Sunday, I was going to change the whole Cypress sound. But I figured that the world didn’t get enough [of that sound]. The first album was really good, but I could still use the sound a little more.”

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