DJ Muggs Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Cypress Hill "Lowrider" (2003)

Album: Stoned Raiders
Label: Columbia
DJ Muggs: “That was probably the only Cypress album I didn’t like, Stoned Raiders. It was like, we done did everything, and I didn’t want to do the same thing again. I wanted to try something different. That’s the type of personality I am. So I was like, ‘Let’s make more of a West coast sounding record,’ which ain’t my forte. ‘Let’s try something different.’

 

I wanted to try something different. That’s the type of personality I am. So I was like, ‘Let’s make more of a West coast sounding record,’ which ain’t my forte. ‘Let’s try something different.’

 

“So, I think we got Kurupt on a few songs, Kokane’s on a couple songs. It’s more of a West coast sound. But I wanted to make a record that represented L.A. And the band War has a song “Low Rider.’ So I wanted us to make a record called ‘Lowrider,’ inspired by War.

“I didn’t like the video. I don’t know who the fuck did the video, but it was cheesy as hell. It should’ve been black and white, and dark. At that point, I was bored. We were all coming to the studio, working 9 to 5. But we’d come in at 12, and leave by 5, and it was like, nobody was inspired. We just kind of threw it together.

“But we did it because [we were working with] million dollar budgets. Every time your record went gold, you were guaranteed a million. It was kind of a weird time for me personally. But we went in, and did the record, and that was that.”

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