Fans sitting home alone awaiting the latest pot-powered recording from multi-platinum-selling act Cypress Hill may not have heard any new songs yet, but they can be sure of one thing, the rumbling rhymes of former member Sen Dog won't be in the mix.
Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs, a.k.a. Larry Muggerud, who is producing the album in addition to his usual turntable duties, made it perfectly clear that Sen Dog, who left the band after the last album to pursue other musical interests, will not make an appearance on the outfit's fourth effort, Cypress Hill IV (due out in June), and will be absent from this summer's European tour as well.
"We're going to play the European festivals this summer," Muggs said by phone from the West Hollywood, Calif., studio where the band is finishing recording its first album without Sen Dog. "We'll have Bobo with us and Smooth will take Sen Dog's place onstage. That's OK because he's better than him anyway."
Smooth is a member of the Manhattan-based Call O' Da Wild; that group appeared on Muggs' 1997 solo project, Muggs Presents... the Soul Assassins Chapter 1.
The producer said that C4, as he sometimes referred to the new album, will have about 15 tracks, including "Clash of the Titans," "Through The Eyes of a Pig" and "Wind, Fire, Earth."
The follow-up to 1996's III (Temples Of Boom), the new album will feature guest rap appearances by top hip-hoppers KRS-One and MC Eiht, as well as the aforementioned Smooth.
Muggs said he wasn't yet ready to talk about the sound of the tracks on C4, but in an earlier interview with Addicted To Noise, he predicted a more aggressive, uptempo sound that would "make you drive 120 miles an hour."
In the coming weeks, Muggs said he plans to finalize the lineup for the second Soul Assassins album, as well as close negotiations for a planned collaboration with trip-hop master Tricky that Muggs said could be released at this time next year. [Fri., Feb. 13, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]