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20 Best Hip-Hop Workout Songs

Since we're in the beginning of a new year and a few of you are still holding true to your resolution to get in shape, XXL compiles a list of 20 Best Hip-Hop Workout Songs.

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Today in Hip-Hop: Cypress Hill Release Their Debut Album

On this day, Aug. 13, in hip-hop history...

1991: California crew Cypress Hill dropped their self-titled debut album on Aug. 13, 1991

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Today in Hip-Hop: Cypress Hill Drops ‘Black Sunday’

On this day, July 20, in hip-hop history…

1993: Cypress Hill, one of the most infamous West Coast hip-hop forces of the '90s, released their second and most highly-acclaimed album Black Sunday on July 20, 1993...

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B-Real

Advice: Know your history and pay attention to your surroundings.
XXL: What was your mentality coming into the industry in the beginning?
B-Real: We [Cypress Hill] came up on artists likeMelle Mel, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy, Run-DMC. So many classic artists, and we were students of the game, and we felt we had a responsibility to know where it came from, so we could know where we wanted it to go. Now it’s gotten to the point where labels are paying the average fans to be stars.

Do you see any other differences in today’s freshman rappers?
So much of the shit coming out today doesn’t really have staying power. Everybody’s making the same [music]. But to have longevity you’ve got to try to make timeless music, to where, no matter what year it came out, you can throw it on and it’s still a great record. MTV and radio perpetuate all that shit, because they’re not designed to cater to the music—they’re designed to attract the most eyes and ears on the ads, not the artists... This is one of the few jobs that you can get without any knowledge of what it’s supposed to be. But if you don’t pay attention, the game will pass you by.
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Happy Birthday, B-Real!

Today, June 2, is the birthday of California raper and Cypress Hill leader B-Real.

Born Louis Freese in South Central Los Angeles, B-Real formed Cypress Hill with his high school friends Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace...

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Cypress Hill’s “Hits From the Bong” is the Most Popular Song on Spotify’s 4:20 Playlists

With April 20 fast approaching, those who imbibe in a certain substance are scrambling--or, well, moving languidly--to put together their playlists for the pseudo-holiday...

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