Cypress Hill Steps Down From Watcha Tour

Recording, not touring, seems to be the new priority for Cypress Hill, which removed its name from yet another festival lineup this week.

As we reported last week, the rap group officially dropped off the Vans Warped Tour (see "Eminem, Lit To Replace Cypress Hill On Warped Tour"), and now the band has just announced it would not be heading out on the Latin-flavored Watcha Tour either.

Cypress Hill bowed out of both tours to stay in Los Angeles and work on its new album. Though longtime producer DJ Muggs is still on board, the band will also be hooking up with the Trackmasters (who've produced Nas and Foxy Brown) as well as Gang Starr's DJ Premier, as the group's B-Real told MTV News last week.

"I think it's time we, you know, start kind of collaborating with other people as far as our album goes," said B-Real. "And we would only do it if Muggs was

comfortable with it because, you know, we've always kept our chemistry together. We never went outside for production... but we all agreed it was about that time to try a couple different things. Whereas Muggs is still doing the bulk of the album, we're doing, you know, a couple of different things with Trackmasters and Premier." [RealVideo]

The Watcha Tour, which recently added the Chris Perez Band to its lineup, kicks off August 1 in Miami (see "Watcha Tour Adds Molotov; Firms Up Dates").