Your last studio album, Rise Up, did really well in the charts. Why do you think people keep returning to your music after all these years?
Well for a lot of people it’s something that they grew up with. It was part of their rite of passage into being a young adult and then later on into an adult. There’s always the new fan that comes across Cypress Hill. Kinda young, never really knew that era, but people start doing their homework and think, “this group’s pretty good actually.” I just think it’s a combination of dedication on the fans’ part to continue to bring Cypress Hill to the masses around the world.
We only knew one thing and once we started and got it going no one’s ever talked about stopping. Along the way we’ve developed a cult following. People that are loyal to the group because we’ve been servicing them, coming back and entertaining them, for the last twenty-five years. That creates a loyalty that’s passed down from big brother to little brother, father to son, mother to daughter, type thing. I see it in the audience in some countries we go and play in. I see the Dad with his fifteen-year-old son with the kid there for his first Cypress gig. I think it’s become a family thing. We’re one of those bands where you see whole families coming to see us play.
I think our dedication to touring, not just in America but worldwide, as we’re known to step on many stages and many countries and I think people appreciate that. We’re always doing something to let you know, “we’re still around motherfuckers. You check us out.”