IT WAS ON THIS DATE OCTOBER 6, 1998 CYPRESS HILL RELEASED THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM IV

Cypress Hill IV is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill. It was released on October 6, 1998 by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. After 3 years from their previous album, Cypress Hill released the ‘IV’ album. The skeletons on the cover are posing as the three wise monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). Rappers MC Eiht and Barron Ricks were featured on the album. The album went Gold  in the U.S with over 500,000 units sold.

IV received mixed reviews from critics, with AllMusic giving it a strongly negative review.

Rolling Stone – 3.5 Stars (out of 5) – “Cypress Hill’s most bangin’ LP since their 1991 debut.… Cypress Hill still name-check firearms, threaten rivals and smoke more weed than a congregation of Rastas. But the obsessions are means to an end.”

The Wire – “…they come out fighting. Red eyed, rabid and slobbering with skunk-fueled menace.… gangsta rap‘s future as a musical force is secure.”

Rap Pages – 4 (out of 5) – “Like previous albums…IV’s fabulous formula of speakerphone tones by B-Real and sporadic comments by Sen Dog resembles ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man‘.”

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