You've recorded with both Cypress Hill as well as the Beastie Boys. Cypress Hill has been ultra productive
releasing one album right after another with a short interval in between (usually spent on the road touring).
However, with the Beastie Boys the wait is longer between albums. How would you explain the difference there? Is
the writing/creating/recording process similar or different between the two acts?
The Beasties have always taken time between albums, though some people would agree that it can be too long.
Cypress has taken up to 2 years between albums because of the amount of touring that we do, but lately that time
has decreased to about a year and a half. The similarities are pretty close as far as the recording process goes.
When it's hip-hop stuff, the beat comes first then the lyrics. When it's stuff with the band, alot of the songs
come out of jamming. The Beasties aren't as big of a touring force as they once were, but when they tour, they go
all out. The shortest amount of time that the Beasties completed a record was 6 months for
Ill Communication. Our chemistry was so good at that time, music was just flowing. I do think that if any
group could come back after such a long layoff, the Beastie Boys can!!
When is the Eric Bobo solo album due for release? Any guest appearances on it?
My solo album will finally see the light of day in 2003. This has been a project that has been very dear to me and
has taken a bunch of time to try and complete. I'm very excited about it and I do plan to tour after it's release.
I can't really say which guest artists will be on it because nothing is concrete, but I do have alot of interested
musicians that want to be a part of it. I would love to have the B-Boys on it. It would be a reunion of sorts
since it's been a while since we've played together. I will keep you all posted on its progress.