RO: You guys took a long break between 2003's Til Death Do Us Part and Rise Up in 2010. That's a long time for anyone, especially for rap. What caused that break, and did you benefit from it in any way?

SD: Our run with Sony Music pretty much came to an end. Neither party has any interest to continue the relationship. We also changed management during that time, and dealt with a few legal issues over some samples. I'm not gonna lie; I was worried, but the adversity made us stronger.

BR: We also continued to tour, and that way the fans were never totally without our music. There is a lot of competition in this business, so you can't be out of sight for too long. We did our thing on the road, took care of some business and then came back strong with Rise Up.

Paige Mann (center) had a near-private audience with Garbage this spring.
Courtesy of Paige Mann
Paige Mann (center) had a near-private audience with Garbage this spring.
"We still have lots of energy and passion," says Cypress Hill's Sen Dog (center).
Marco Torres
"We still have lots of energy and passion," says Cypress Hill's Sen Dog (center).

RO: The Lowrider culture has always been a big part of your fan base, yet it seems to be at a standstill or on the decline. Do you think that demographic will ever die, and what is your dream car/vehicle?

BR: You can never stop Lowriding. The spirit of the Lowrider will never be played out. The economic downturn makes things like parts and transportation more difficult, but nothing beats riding slow in a nice old car. It's a piece of the American culture. My dream car is a '57 Bel Air.

SD: I'm a chopper guy, so a '47 Harley Panhead, dropped with ape hangers, that would be my choice.

RO: Any plans/thoughts about retirement?

SD: Naw, man. We still have lots of energy and passion. As long as we are competitive and have fun, we will continue this run as long as we can.

After the interview, I hung around and was once again amazed by the sheer amount of energy Cypress Hill leaves on the stage during their shows. Scout Bar was packed shoulder to shoulder, and the fans bobbed their heads, waved their hands in the air and rapped along to every song. The ages ranged from barely legal to almost geriatric, bikers to stoners, cholos to chulas. It was one big, happy family, held together by their love for the Latin Lingo.

"Are y'all ready to get crazy, Houston?! Wanna get CRAZY?! Let's get crazy!" shouted B-Real in his nasal stage voice. The unmistakable sounds of "Insane in the Brain" caused the crowd to erupt, and Cypress Hill's litany of hits played on for a full 90 minutes. Sen Dog's menacing baritone complemented the dynamic, and DJ Julio G. and percussionist Eric Bobo tried their best to keep pace.

Was I ready to get crazy? Of course! Don't you know I'm loco?!

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Clay Wisner
Clay Wisner

I saw the Purple Rain Tour in Atlanta. First time I saw security descend upon and beat down someone in the audience who snuck in a camera. Credentials are good for your health.

Mark C. Austin
Mark C. Austin

This is never going to stop, is it? Bruce has got us. And now he's just going to toy with us for years to come.

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