This album, like most albums, is meant to be experienced as a cohesive whole, not as a radio worthy single here and there. Halloween was a perfect time to release Temples of Boom, as its dour motif is anything but uplifting. Yet it is candid and uncompromising, and makes a bold statement about the group’s place in the world this third time around.
Cypress Hill still had many miles to travel back in ’95; Temples of Boom was in no way the pinnacle of the group’s career. But the album did mark a turning point in their trajectory. It remains one of their riskiest experiments, but one that paid off in the long haul. Cypress Hill III is unconventional, thematically linear, and unquestionably dark. There is no other hip-hop album like it.