Cypress Hill is ready to make Simpsons joke a reality with orchestra performance

It’s a classic case of life imitating art.

Nearly 30 years after hip-hop group Cypress Hill agreed to appear on an episode of The Simpsons featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, the band will make the unlikely fictional collaboration a reality on Wednesday when they perform their Black Sunday Album in the British capital.

The Grammy-nominated artists will team up with the world-famous orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing hits including “Insane in the Brain,” which also featured in the 1996 episode. Cypress Hill appears alongside The Smashing Pumpkins in “Homerpalooza,” in which Homer tries to impress his kids by performing stunts as part of the music festival scene.

The Simpsons has built a reputation for predicting the future in recent years, rightly citing the rise of video calling, the winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and the presidency of Donald Trump. But it might be a bit of an exaggeration to call the real-life combination of hip-hop group and orchestra a coincidence.

Cypress Hill has been under pressure from fans for years to recreate the show’s iconic clip, in which a crew member shouts backstage at a festival that “someone ordered the London Symphony Orchestra. Possibly while high.”

Although none of the band members seem to remember, one of the members eventually replies, “We think so,” before the band plays Insane in the Brain, complete with British orchestral accompaniment.

American rap group Cypress Hill in 1992.Steve Eichner / Getty Images file

For Louis Mario Freese, one of the two lead rappers, who performs under his stage name B-Real, the performance is “one of those checklist moments.”

“It’s something we’ve been talking about for years, ever since the Simpsons episode first aired,” Freese told the BBC. “We’ve played a lot of historical locations in our career and things like that, but nothing as prestigious as this.”

In 2017, the band reached out to the LSO on the social media platform now known as X and said, “Let’s actually make something happen.” The two groups announced their one-night only joint performance at the iconic London venue in March.

The orchestra’s ticket sales website states that “history will finally be made!”

According to BMG Records, Cypress Hill has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 4 million copies of the Black Sunday Album.

During rehearsals, the cultural differences between the groups already came to the fore. For example, the BBC reported that the band interpreted ‘glock’ as a gun, while the orchestra took it as a chime, the percussion instrument.

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