Tonight's Concert Pick
Who needs Sony to sell records? Certainly not southern California rap icons Cypress Hill — which plays at Warehouse Live tonight.
One place Cypress Hill won't be appearing is Arizona — not while the controversial, anti-immigration law is still on the books. The group cancelled a May 21 Tucson show for "in a show of resistance to the criminalization of immigrant communities and in opposition to SB1070," according to a statement on their Web site.
After two decades of hits on Sony subsidiary label Ruffhouse/Columbia Records that ranged from thug rap debut single "How I Could Just Kill A Man", to giggly stoned-rants like "Insane in the Brain", and "Mr Greenthumb", Cypress Hill members B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs and Eric Bobo have moved on to Priority Records for new album, "Rise-Up".
Apparently their famous friends didn't lose track of them despite the address change.
Earlier this year, Cypress Hill got warmed up for 2010 by reworking Guns N' Roses' hair-metal classic "Paradise City" with former Roses' axe hand, Slash, and Black Eyed Peas diva, Fergie. By the time "Rise Up" was released last month they had amassed a support crew for the album that included Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Everlast, Daron Malakian from System of A Down and Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park.
Hell, even romantic Latin balladeer Marc Anthony made it to the studio to record a track called "Armada Latina" with Cypress Hill and Pitbull.
(What does that group talk about between takes?)
All this star power is proof-positive that Cypress Hill is still the west coast Latin equivalent of the Beastie Boys as far as rap ensembles go. Definitely worth taking in.
8 p.m. at Warehouse Live