DVX, the original incarnation of Cypress Hill, formed in 1986 when Cuban-born brothers Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace hooked up with fellow Los Angeles residents Muggs and B Real. The group pioneered a fusion of Latin and hip-hop slang, developing their own style, by the time Mellow Man Ace left the group in 1988.
Renaming themselves Cypress Hill after a local street, the group continued to perform around L.A., eventually signing with Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1991. The group's eponymous debut became a sensation in early 1992, several months after its initial release. The singles became underground hits, and the group also gained many fans among the alternative rock community. Cypress Hill followed the album with Black Sunday in the summer of 1993, and while it sounded remarkably similar to the debut, it nevertheless became a hit, entering the album charts at number one and spawning the crossover hit "Insane in the Brain."
These seminal albums were followed by Temples of Boom, Skull & Bones, Stoned Raiders and Till Death Do Us Part, which incorporated several styles of Jamaican music. In 2010 they announced their signing to Priority Records thanks to the label’s creative director, Snoop Dogg. The label released their eighth studio album, Rise Up, that same year.
In 2016, Cypress Hill celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of a limited-edition, ultra-deluxe “25th Anniversary Skull” reissue of their classic 1991 debut and Cypress Hill are returning to the studio to bring their fans new music in 2017.