HIP HOP at 50: Cypress Hill manifests their ‘orchestra while high’ scene from The Simpsons and it’s dope AF

Jul 23, 2023

To me, The Simpsons is the most culturally influential television series of all-time.

I remember talking about The Simpsons with my buddies as a teenager, and how our sarcasm, one-liners, and overall manner of speaking was almost entirely influenced by the show. To this day I have a ton of Simpson quotes, paraphrases, or ideas that still float in my head, and I routinely sprinkle those lines in my real life.

And I am hardly alone. I’ve met countless people who do the same thing. Just take the word “meh.” Or “d’oh!” Or maybe you know someone who sighs exactly like Krusty the Clown.

The list of classic Simpsons episodes are widely known, and most of those episodes withstand the test of time. One such episode is Homerpalooza, where The Simpsons spoofed Lollapalooza, the real-life, annual concert series which began in 1991. The 1996 episode featured cameo appearances by Sonic Youth, The Smashing Pumpkins, and hip hop legends, Cypress Hill.

One of the funniest scenes of the episode was when a guy in a headset goes backstage and sarcastically asks who ordered the London Symphony Orchestra, “possibly while high.”

Fast forward to a few days ago, when Cypress Hill posted a clip on Twitter of them doing a live show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, manifesting the iconic scene 27 years later.

For a show that has a long history of stumbling into accidental predictions of subjects and circumstances that would happen years later, it is nice to see a moment that was inspired by the actual people who were once in an episode.

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