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DJ Muggs is one of the industries most talented and best known producers. Since Cypress Hill’s formation in 1991, the pioneering rap-rock quartet has come a long way from the streets of South Central L.A. Over the course of its 19-year history, Cypress Hill has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, including more than 11 million records in the U.S. alone. For the vast majority of his career, whether solo or in a group capacity, Muggs has established a precedent for working hand in hand with artists and creating cohesive bodies of work, rather then spreading around beats from project to project and that rings true once again on his upcoming new album “Kill Devil Hills” (release date: 10.09.2010), a collaboration effort by DJ Muggs and Ill Bill of La Coka Nostra. “I prefer getting in the lab and actually creating projects with people instead of just sending out beat CDs.”

Muggs was born in Queens, New York of Italian and Norwegian descent. Muggs moved to L.A. at fourteen. After linking up with B-Real and Sen Dog to form the group Cypress Hill, he went on to produce seven studio albums with the group, from 1991 to 2004. Of the seven, four reached platinum status, and three gold. Meanwhile, he scored hits on the side with Ice Cube’s “Check Yo Self” and House Of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

In 1997, Muggs released an album under the name Soul Assassins. Produced entirely by DJ Muggs, it featured a variety of rappers including Dr. Dre, B-Real, Mobb Deep, RZA, GZA, Goodie Mob, KRS One and Wyclef Jean. In 2000 he returned to the Soul Assassins with “Soul Assassins II”. He also put out the record “Dust”, an atmosphere-heavy trip-hop affair with Greg Dulli, Amy Trujillo and Everlast on vocals. After the 2004 album “Til Death Do Us Part”, Cypress Hill went on a hiatus from recording, enabling its members to focus more on their side projects.

In 2005, DJ Muggs teamed up with Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA for the album “Grandmasters”, the first project released on his label Angeles Records. Patterned after a chess game, it received highly positive reviews; Muggs also announced a “Soul Assassins III” album, produced jointly by himself and Alchemist, reportedly to be preceded by a record called “Cloak & Dagger”, also featuring Alchemist. Instead, Muggs produced an album for Psycho Realm member Sick Jacken, Legend Of The Mask and The Assassin two years later, in 2007. In 2008, Muggs announced that his album with California rapper Planet Asia would be the third Soul Assassins album, but the two released “Pain Language” later that year as a simple collaboration.

Before the release of his solo album “Smoke N Mirrors” in 2009, B-Real reported that Cypress Hill has been working on an album for roughly a year. Currently in the mixing phase, Muggs has produced half of the album’s material so far, going to DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Mike Shinoda for the rest. In 2009, Muggs entered the Gumball 3000 cross-country race, and in June 2009, “Soul Assassins: Intermission” was released, featuring RZA, Prodigy, Evidence, The Alchemist and Bun B.

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