Today marks the arrival of Cinco De Mayo, so it feels appropriate to highlight one of hip-hop's Mexican legends, B-Real of Cypress Hill. Long before he was changing the game as a cannabis mogul, he was putting in work behind the mic. Together with Cypress, B held it down on nine studio albums, including the 1998 standout Cypress Hill IV. That particular album not only boasts an iconic and spooky album cover, but it also birthed a few of the group's classic singles -- including "Tequila Sunrise," which subsequently went on to birth an equally-hard-hitting Spanish Version.
As Cinco De Mayo is indeed the day, we've chosen to highlight the Spanish variant of the guitar-driven banger. A clear relic of a simpler time, when instrumentals were driven by a steady boom-bap drum arrangement and a vaguely sampled-loop, "Tequila Sunrise" finds B-Real laying dexterously laying down bars in Spanish -- furthering the immersion already conjured by the DJ-Muggs produced beat. Should you feel like paying homage to one of hip-hop's prominent Mexican emcees, look no further than this Cypress Hill classic.