Do people expect you to spin Cypress Hill songs when you're flying solo?
Not really. The only real problem is that you go to some clubs and they want the jiggy hits to dance to, and maybe I'm playing some underground hip-hop and they just stand there and stare. You have to be flexible.
Is Cypress Hill the odd man out on a tour with Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday?
We're like chameleons. We can come out with the hardest hip-hop group around, or we can go with the hardest rock group and everything in between.
Is it refreshing to reach a crowd that has never heard Black Sunday?
You know, there are a lot of 14-year-old kids whose introduction to Cypress Hill was "Rock Superstar." But you have bands like the Stones who have five or six generations of fans. We aren't here to hop in and hop out real quick.
So you've never thought of going the Jay-Z route, putting out the DJ Muggs Black Album and walking away?
Retirement just means you're comfortable. Jay-Z isn't going anywhere. He's just done with that part of his career. You get burned out in this business every now and then. I take a few weeks every year to get away from everything and just make beats. That's what I do. I've never sold a record in my life. I make records. It's up to the record company to sell them.
Do you crate-dig anymore?
At this time in the game, I still dig sometimes, but I also sample MP3s, or I just bring in a live band for a week and form the sound I want.
Was having early success with Black Sunday a blessing and a curse?
You can never give the first impression twice. Everybody is judged throughout history by their first and second albums. But I'm still working. I have to keep things fresh and reinvent ... I didn't get into this game to be a one-dimensional person, a one-dimensional musician playing the same shit over and over. That's boring. At this stage, there are cats like me and the RZA and Rick Rubin who are in this for life. We'll be 50, 60 years old and still making beats. Cypress Hill plays Sunday, May 16, at Verizon Amphitheater. DJ Muggs performs afterward at the Bottleneck.