Cypress Hill Turning Joke From 1996 ‘The Simpsons’ Episode Into Reality

The London Symphony Orchestra will perform “Insane In The Brain” and more with the hip-hop band tonight at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

By Scott Bernstein Jul 10, 2024 1:31 pm PDT

Cypress Hill appeared in an epsiode of The Simpsons nearly 30 years ago that saw them perform with the London Symphony Orchestra as a gag. The legendary hip-hop group will turn the joke into reality tonight when they are joined by the LSO for a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The London Symphony Orchestra will back Cypress Hill on a full performance of their 1993 album, Black Sunday. Cypress Hill was inspired by their collaboration in a 1996 installment of The Simpsons entitled “Homerpalooza” to enlist the LSO.


One of the hits on Black Sunday is “Insane In The Brain,” the song Cypress Hill played with the London Symphony Orchestra in “Homerpalooza.” The album also features fellow smash “I Wanna Get High” and sold more than three million copies in the U.S. as per the BBC.

In “Homerpalooza,” a concert organizer asked which band on the bill for a festival “is playing with the London Symphony Orchestra?” The members of the hip-hop trio look away as the man continues the order was made “while possibly high” and notes “Cypress Hill, I’m looking in your direction.” While the group doesn’t recall booking the LSO, they play along and tell the organizer “we think we did.” Cypress Hill then asks the conductor if the orchestra knows “Insane In The Brain.” The symphony capably performs the smash along with Cypress Hill planting the seed of an idea that will bear fruit tonight.

Watch Cypress Hill’s appearance on The Simpsons below:


“It’s been something that we’ve talked about for many years since the Simpsons episode first aired. So it’s very special for us. And it’s coming off the heels of our 30th anniversary for our Black Sunday album,” Cypress Hill’s B-Real told the BBC.

“We’ve played a lot of historical venues throughout our career and stuff like that, but nothing as prestigious as this.”

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