DJ MUGGS has remained a formidable and recognized producer / DJ for almost 20 years due to his infamous production work as a founding member of Cypress Hill as well as his series of collaborative solo albums and individual production/remix credits.
Fame came quickly for the California-by-way-of-New York producer, as he scored runaway hits right off the bat with House of Pain (“Jump Around”) and Ice Cube (“Check Yo Self”), as well as with his own group, Cypress Hill.
Coming together in 1986, Muggs along with vocalists B-Real and Sen Dog formed Cypress Hill. They broke into the hip hop scene with a trilogy of releases; Cypress Hill (1992), with “How I could Just Kill a Man” and “The Phuncky Feel One” Black Sunday (1993) with the hit, “Insane In The Brain” and Temples of Boom (1995). Cypress Hill made an imprint in rap music by becoming the first major hip hop group to absorb Latino influences in their lyrics, but, most importantly, they developed a unique psychedelic soundscape that took the listener on a suspense filled, aural journey.
When the mid-’90s transitioned to the late ’90s, DJ Muggs emerged with “Muggs Presents the Soul Assassins, Chapter I” (1997), a “solo” album with an all-star cast of guest rappers, including DR Dre, KRS-One, Wyclef, and RZA and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. The album spawned an MTV-aired single, “Puppet Master” (featuring Dr. Dre and B Real).
Cypress Hill with IV (1998) introduced the band to the alternative rock crowds, and the double-disk Skull & Bones (2000) was equally divided between hip-hop and rock (the hit, “SUPERSTAR” was recorded in two versions; rock and hip-hop). Stoned Raiders (2001) was even more explicitly devoted to rock music, while Till Death Do Us Part (2004) downplayed the rock overtones and went back to the hip hop roots.
Cypress Hill’s eighth studio album, “Rise Up”, features contributions from Everlast, Tom Morello, Daron Malakian, Pitbull, Marc Anthony and Mike Shinoda. The album was released on Priority Records/EMI Entertainment, as the group was signed to the label by new Creative Chairman Snoop Dogg on January 15, 2010. The album was finally released on April 20, 2010. The album’s introduction single, “It Ain’t Nothin'” was released as a free download from the group’s official website. The song “Rise Up” was featured at WWE’s pay-per-view, WWE Elimination Chamber, as the official theme song for that event, and was released as the third single for the album, with “Armada Latina” being fourth.
As a DJ, Muggs has nothing left to prove. He has performed at everything from world class events like the 2010 Olympics to festivals like Lollapalooza. He has played at the top commercial clubs in LA and Vegas and is a West Coast DMC Champion.
Muggs is one of the most versatile djs in the game. He has toured the world playing his eclectic, one-of-a-kind dj sets. Be sure to check out DJ MUGGS next time he is in a city near you!