A thick smoke engulfed the Ogden Theatre Tuesday night as Cypress Hill made their way onto the stage; not from smoke machines behind the scenes, but rather from the crowd of seven hundred bobbing heads as the rap group began their fourth 4/20 concert at the venue in Denver, CO. Fans enjoyed a samba/rap collaboration at the start, with live Latin drums hitting hard as the group went through their routine. “It’s an honor to be here with you four-twenty brethren,” shouted Sen-Dog as he sparked a joint that could easily have been mistaken for the microphone.
It was an honor for the crowd, too, as the group put on an energized, memorable performance until close to two in the morning. When the first notes of “We Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” hit the audience, plumes of smoke rose as everyone jumped up and down well into the next track. Showing their dedication to originality, Sen-Dog asked “do you want some gangster shit?” until the crowd was a buzz with anticipation, and just when the tension was too much to bear the DJ set the stage for “Hole In the Head” laid over a remixed Snoop track, with an ecstatic reception. Even more exciting was B-Real’s announcement that the group would be joining Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker from blink-182 and many others for the Dr. Greenthumb Spring Gathering 2011 in San Bernardino, California in mid-June. The bass was heavy, the delivery was powerful, and the smoke was thick – a truly excellent way to start four-twenty for those who enjoy the festivities of the day.