When Cypress Hill Rapped in Astor Place for “How I Could Just Kill a Man”

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 at 10:46 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

In 1991, California-based Cypress Hill dropped its self-titled debut, which included the leadoff single “How I Could Just Kill a Man.” The song was composed with a whopping seven samples, including an almost throwaway nod to the Suicidal Tendencies (“All I wanted was a Pepsi”).

This image has been archived or removed.

It became their first smash hit, ensuring double-platinum status for the album and cementing the group in the hip-hop world.  Despite being from the West Coast game, the accompanying video was actually filmed in and around New York City, and features cameos by Q-Tip and Ice Cube. Landmark shout-outs include the Astor Place cube (“Alamo”), the Apollo Theater, and Times Square.

This image has been archived or removed.

Too bad the Astor Place seen in this music video is forever different with the imminent arrival of the Death Star office building.

Watch it below:

Recent Stories

Bird Watching on the Lower East Side this Weekend

Binoculars at the ready! This weekend, the Urban Park Rangers from the Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting a birding session on the Lower East Side. The Rangers will guide enthusiasts of all levels to the best spots in the neighborhood, and the city at large, to catch fall migratory birds in action. Bring […]

Bank of America Plants itself Beside Destroyed Sunshine Cinema

With a commercial office building rising on the ashes of the Sunshine Cinema, it’s no wonder that a retail bank is moving in next door. Bank of America is planting itself in the long-fallow shop at the southwest corner of East Houston and Eldridge Streets. Work permits on file with the Department of Buildings give […]

Essex Market Shut Down for Private Maker’s Mark Event, Leaving Locals Confused [Updated]

The following guest post was written by Joshua Cohen, a Lower East Side resident and patron of Essex Market. I think the Essex Market, generally speaking, has been a great model for public-private partnerships. But last night, the Market hosted a private event for Maker’s Mark whiskey, where the local community’s interested were certainly not […]

T-Mobile is Closing its Delancey Street Store

Lots of retail turnover on Delancey Street this month. Earlier this week, we broke news of Rainbow’s imminent departure from the thoroughfare after more than a decade in the neighborhood. Today, it’s the loss of another corporate footprint. Though, one with arguably less utility. The eleven-year-old T-Mobile outpost, essentially an advertising expense for the wireless […]

Speed Cameras Installed on Pike Street

As part of the city’s push to capitalize on pedal-heavy motorists, new speed zones and cameras are proliferating. The latest in the neighborhood is outside Rutgers Houses on Pike Street. The camera box installation appeared within the last couple weeks, affixed to a lamppost between Cherry and Madison Streets. As with other locations, when the […]