Cypress Hill's Sen Dog, DJ Muggs Go Solo

Rapper will release his band SX-10's LP, while turntablist ventures alone again.

Sen Dog and DJ Muggs will part ways temporarily with Cypress Hill to release solo albums this summer.

Sen Dog declares his independence with his band SX-10's first full-length release, Mad Dog American, due July 4, according to Ali, a Cleopatra Records spokesperson, who declined to give her last name.

The record includes the rock-rap track "Heart of a Rebel," featuring DJ Muggs (born Lawrence Muggerud) and Rey Oropeza of the hardcore band Downset. Also included are "Rhyme in the Chamber," featuring Everlast (born Erik Schrody) and Sen Dog's brother Mellow Man Ace (born Ulpiano Sergio), the gospel-tinged "I'm Not Jesus" and "Goin' Crazy," which was released originally as part of the soundtrack to the 1999 movie "The Mod Squad,"

Sen Dog (born Senen Reyes) also is set to join Cypress Hill on Limp Bizkit's Limpdependence tour, kicking off in Chicago this summer. After that, SX-10 will headline their own outing. The band is planning a special pre-tour engagement at Los Angeles' Roxy on Wednesday, Ali said.

Sen Dog is not the only Cypress Hill member releasing a solo album. Veteran producer/arranger/mixer DJ Muggs' group the Soul Assassins come back with a second installment, tentatively titled The Soul Assassins: Chapter Two. The 12-track album, due by the end of summer, will feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan and Goodie MOb, among others, said Tracy McNew, a spokesperson for the band’s management.

DJ Muggs released Muggs Presents … The Soul Assassins in 1997. It included guest rappers Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, B Real of Cypress Hill and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and GZA.

Cypress Hill's new double CD, Skull & Bones, released April 25 on Columbia Records, boasts two radio-friendly singles, "(Rock) Superstar" featuring Everlast and Chino Moreno of the Deftones and "(Rap) Superstar" (RealAudio excerpt) with Eminem and Noreaga. In its first week, the album sold nearly 140,000 units, Columbia publicist Lisa Linder said.

Cypress Hill is perhaps best known for its hooky, "Insane in the Brain," from the 1993 album, Black Sunday. The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.