Cypress Hill

Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ

West Coast High 2019 Tour!
Cypress Hill
Hollywood Undead
Xzibit
Demrick
The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
March 6, 2019
Article & Photographs By Estelle Massry
Additional Article Contributions by Dennis Morgillo
 
The West Coast High Tour comes rolling into New Jersey. I picture the tour bus rolling into town all pimped out, like a low rider, bouncing up and down Seymour Street in Montclair, NJ. The bus screeches to a halt in front of The Wellmont Theater. The bands come stumbling off the tour bus in a mushroom cloud of smoke. Kinda like Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"! Hey that was the 80's! This is 2019! Tonight we may take a quick tour back in time to the 90's but no doubt this is 2019 and there will be a lot of great new music as well.    
 
Four bands tonight, for the price of one! You can't beat that. First up is Demrick with DJ Hoppa. Demrick is a protege of B-Real of Cypress Hill and Xzibit. These guys start the show off right, the crowd is grooving and giving some love.  
 
Second on the bill tonight is Xzibit. Xzibit rose to stardom with his third studio album "Restless", released in 2000. It went platinum. The popular MTV show Pimp My Ride boosted his popularity even further, as it introduced him to a major audience in 2004. Xzibit gets the crowd going as he implores them to put their hands in the air and make some MotherFunkin noise! When I say X, you say Z! I love Xzibit's style and beats. Great job, nice set. 
 
Next up is Hollywood Undead. HU is a rap rock band from California. These guys have 5 studio albums under their belt and have sold millions of albums and amassed countless streams. I love these guys, imagine if you will, a Heavy Metal Beastie Boys meets Nine Inch Nails. Great musicians, great rappers and lots of fun. Lights are flashing as the drums fill the theater and the crowd goes berserk as HU enters to the beat of "Whatever it Takes". Killer riffs, thunderous drums and a catchy melodic chorus. Hollywod Undead rips the roof off as they run through their catalog. "Undead", "Comin in Hot", "War Child" and many more. It's a hot effin set. Who is going to follow this!!?
Yeah, well you know who is going to follow. Cypress Hill! That's who! DJ Mix Master Mike of Beastie Boys fame, gets the set started and the crowd warmed up. MMM shows off his turntable skills and then longtime percussionist Eric “Bobo” Correa takes his place behind the drums as anticipation grows. The sounds of "Band of Gypsies" from the band's new album "Elephants on Acid" takes hold through the mushroom cloud. B-Real comes out, the crowd is insane and then Sen Dog joins him.  
 
Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. They were one of the biggest bands of the 1990's and are beloved. They played Lollapalooza, and Woodstock 94. Everybody loves Cypress Hill. 
 
Cypress Hill has a song catalog that dates back some 25 years, so there is a vast amount of music to choose from.  The music is bad ass, the beats are phat and funky. I love latin rap grooves. "Latin Lingo" and "Latin Thugs" especially. The delivery is like no other.  Santana meets NWA. Percussionist Eric “Bobo” Correa really adds to the authenticity of the sound. 

The theater is packed and fans are bouncing, dancing salsa, meringue or just bopping their heads to the music. I close my eyes, breathe deep and I envision I am at a backyard party in L.A somewhere back in 1993.   

Mix Master Mike and Bobo have the spotlight now, and it's a sick 5 minute drum vs. turntable faceoff. It's a Texas Steel Cage fight to the finish, and we are all winners. 

It's no secret that the band loves their Weed. Apparently the audience does too. I think I am getting a contact high as CH breaks into what is known as their "Weed Medley". "Who wants to take a big hit from some good shit!? Say Hell Yeah!"  

"Crazy" is another new song, it has such a unique beat. It is unlike any other song you ever heard, but is so infectious and danceable. It's a great segueway into the signature songs. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" and Cypress Hill's Stairway to Heaven, the showstopper "Insane In the Brain". The entire theater is jumping, hands in the air. For the encores, it's "I Ain't Going Out Like That", "Rock Superstar", and "LSD".

What an amazing time I had tonight. I can overhear the sentiment is the same for everyone else as well. All 4 bands really outdid themselves. 

Cypress Hill are true originals. They mixed Jazz, Rock, Soul, R&B and Funk beats with syncopated off beat deliveries and came out with their own style. No one sounds like Cypress Hill except Cypress Hill. They have been doing this for 25 years and the new album is incredible. Buy "Elephants on Acid" and see this tour! These guys are national treasures. 
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