DJ Muggs Recalls “Grandmasters” With GZA & Early Days With Cypress Hill
DJ Muggs recently spoke with HipHopDX about a variety of topics.
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“Exclusive: DJ Muggs remembers his early days with both 7A3 and Cypress Hill and explains mixing hackspace culture, art and music with his latest collaboration, Cross My Heart.
Iconic stature is a lofty perch in the swiftly moving world of Hip Hop. Sticking around and staying relevant is so improbable few artists remain successful throughout the decades, and even fewer remain celebrated after diligently creating a sound and flavor that was previously unseen.
DJ Muggs such an icon. Never having dropped the “DJ” from his name—and although he evolved from mere deejaying decades ago—Muggs ranks as one of the top producers in Hip Hop.
Besides being the mastermind behind Cypress Hill (and its sound) Muggs has produced tracks for dozens of Hip Hop’s greats, including members of Wu-Tang Clan, Ice Cube, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit. Outside of Hip Hop, he has produced for some of the world’s megastars such as Janet Jackson, U2, Depeche Mode, and Van Halen. His gritty, dark beats have made up collaboration albums with Tricky and GZA, and because Muggs is not a “work for hire,” he’s liable to shift his perspective at any time—which explains last year’s electro-charged Bass For Your Face.
HipHopDX caught up with Muggs on a video shoot for his latest project, a group two years in the making called Cross My Heart And Hope To Die, which features a female vocalist whose music is emotional, gloomy and nothing short of the heavy alternate-reality that Muggs is as master at creating.”