Cypress Hill started in Cypress Park, California in 1988. The group signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1989 after the label heard their first demo. Black Sunday, Cypress Hill's second album, came out in 1993 and went straight to #1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. It spent 2 weeks at the top spot, displacing Zooropa by U2 and getting knocked off by the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack.
Cypress Hill was banned from playing Saturday Night Live in 1993 after they smoked marijuana onstage and trashed their instruments after performing the song "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That."
In 1995, Cypress Hill appeared on The Simpsons, performing at a fictional festival called Homerpalooza. The episode poked fun at Lollapalooza and Woodstock 1994, two festivals that the Hip-Hop group had recently headlined.
Cypress Hill attempted to gain a larger audience in 2000 by releasing a guitar-driven single called "Rock Superstar." The group also joined punk bands MxPx and The Offspring on tour the same year.
In July 2008, Cypress Hill performed at a charity event at the House of Blues in Chicago. Proceeds from the concert went to the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness.
In August 2009, Cypress Hill released a new single called "Get 'Em Up" through iTunes. The song was featured on the video game Madden 2010.