When a music connoisseur mentions the words “DJ Muggs”, several things come to mind. One of the best hip-hop producers of all-time? One of the best producers of all-time, period? That guy from Queens behind all your favorite Cypress Hill classics (he’s working on the next album right now) and the unforgettable House of Pain’s “Jump Around”? The guy who’s collaborated with U2 and Depeche Mode and just recently released an EP this week called ‘Vita E Morte’ with a new multimedia collective featuring Andrew Kline, Brevi, and Sean Bonner named Cross My Heart Hope to Die (CMHHTD)? Yeah, that dude.
Drawn to his latest project blurring rock and trip hop, I attended CMMHTD’s exhibit opening and first performance last weekend. Using the underground marketing tactic of installing random boxes full of their music across cities around the world, they cleverly built a cult following who came out to support. The exhibit at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles until August 23rd combines mind-tripping video, drawings and pieces. I chatted with Muggs prior to the opening about his career, how he works in the studio, vinyl culture and more. Peep the soundclips ( (here or below) and visit Muggs’ site for more project info!