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
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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”).

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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.

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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:

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