If you’ve been lucky enough to see Cypress Hill perform, you’ve experienced one of the true gems of rap’s golden age. Though the South Gate-bred hip-hop group is well known for rhymes about getting high, they always bring an undercurrent of activism to go along with the shenanigans. Their one-of-a-kind sound was developed with the aid of percussionist Eric Bobo (son of Jazz percussionist Willie Bobo), whose contributions to Cypress Hill’s live act brought explosive energy and trumped the efforts of lesser bands relying heavily on drum loops. With 10 albums under their belt and another on the way, fans can still witness the show live—your luck hasn’t run out just yet, so check ‘em out.
Fri., Dec. 27, 8 p.m., 2013