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Classic Album Review: Muggs | Dust

The Cypress Hill refugee moves on to the harder stuff with this solo release.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If anybody ever wanted proof that marijuana really is a gateway drug, here it is.

Up until a few years ago, Lawrence Muggerud — aka DJ Muggs — was part of hemp-hop crew Cypress Hill. Apparently, he stopped getting a charge out of their gang-a-bong grooves and dope rhymes, so now he’s moved on to the harder stuff. Dust, his third solo joint, trafficks in narcoleptic dreamscapes and downbeat trip-hop that would probably remind even him of Tricky if his short-term memory wasn’t shot to hell. Oh well, at least he gets a good turnout at the party — Afghan Whig Greg Dulli, tattooed Buckcherry fronter Josh Todd and fellow mellow rapper Everlast all visit the chillout room to drop vocals over Muggs’ slowly swivelling grooves and murky melodies. Ultimately, Dust is an interesting if unspectacular experiment. Still, listen to it enough and you might get a contact high.


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