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Cypress Hill: IV (Ruffhouse/Columbia) ***½

Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 15 October 1998

LIKE MUCH current literature, hip-hop is obsessed with memoir. That's why the lead track on Cypress Hill's IV is so radical; 'Eye of the Pig' is autobiography told not from the MC'spoint of view but from that of a cop, the civil servant whom rappers love to hate. Even more surprising, B Real, Sen Dog and Muggs' portrait — recalling Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant — is not unsympathetic, even when the pig pulls over a carload of wise-ass rappers and threatens to blow their heads off.

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