To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Cypress Hill has partnered with Z2 Comics for an original graphic novel chronicling their history. Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is written by Noah Callahan-Bever and Gabriel Alvarez and illustrated by Felix Ruiz, Jefte Palo, Juan Gedeon, Damion Scott, Angel Hernandez, and Paris Alleyne.
“Art has always been a major influence in our lives and our music. As kids we would read comic books that were full of heroes achieving the impossible. 30 years later, I would have never thought we would get a chance to tell our story this way,” says B Real.
Sen Dog adds, “The story of Cypress Hill in a graphic novel is the perfect way to illustrate the time and place where the group was born.”
1991: XXX years ago, a trailblazing trio made music history blending East Coast hip-hop fundamentals with West Coast chicano swagger to form a sound all their own. Before they became icons, Louis and Senen were just a couple teenage cholos from around the way, trying to stay out of trouble–Until a series of chance encounters with both sides of the law changed their path forever. Guest-starring Officer O’Malley, Sister Maggie, and many more!
Gabriel Alvarez says “I’ve always loved Cypress and comic books so them together is like nacho cheese and chips, Cheech reunited with Chong, or tequila mixed with lime. It’s been fun re-connecting with Noah and every time I see the Cypress artwork I’m blown away. It’s incredible. I can’t wait to get my own copy. Thank you Z2 for making a dream come true. And thank you Cypress Hill for making some of the greatest music I’ve ever heard.”
“This is a dream project. Growing up I had two loves: comic books and hip-hop music. I’ve been fortunate to spend the last 25 years working around hip-hop, as a journalist and music executive, but never got the opportunity to realize my dreams of making a comic” says co-writer Noah Callahan-Bever. “So to get to scratch that itch—and to do it in collaboration with, Cypress Hill, one of the greatest rap groups of all time; and Gabriel Alvarez, one of my mentors from ego trip, as well as the all-star line-up of artists that Z2 has assembled—is undeniably a professional grail moment.”
Cypress Hill: Tres Equis will be available in a standard 160-page softcover, a deluxe hardcover edition, and a very limited super deluxe edition. All three versions are available for pre-order from Z2 Comics in both English and Spanish language editions. The latter two versions come with an exclusive LP edition of Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut on green vinyl with all-new cover art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, special art prints by Ortiz, Scott, and Gedeon, and much more. The standard version will also be available at your local comic shop this August.