July 3, 2012


Crate Diggers: DJ Muggs On How Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy Changed His Life

"What would give you an edge when I was coming up as a producer was how hard you dug and what records you found."

For Fuse's latest episode of "Crate Diggers," step inside DJ Muggs' Soul Assassins Los Angeles compound, where the Cypress Hill DJ/producer shows off some of the 15,000 records that helped shape his sound. Growing up with a classic-rock-loving hippie uncle, Muggs absorbed Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin before discovering hip hop. When he joined Cypress Hill, digging took over his life. "On the road, I'd grab the Yellow Pages, hit record stores and dig. I'd come back from Europe with boxes and boxes and records. It'd cost me two, three grand to send records back [to L.A.].

"Producing got me into music," says Muggs. "I was into rock and hip hop and I didn't want to hear s**t. I was like 'Shut the f**k up with all that.' But when I got into producing, I started buying blues, soul and jazz records because of sampling, which got me into all types of music."

Check out the video above for the full story, where Muggs discusses how Public Enemy's Yo! Bum Rush the Show changed his life, shares which record he'd buy if money was no object and reveals how Led Zeppelin influenced Cypress Hill's decision to not show their faces on their album covers. And check out our exclusive Spotify playlist Muggs curated, featuring some of his current favorite tracks, including A$AP Rocky, Datsik and Bassnectar. Listen on Fuse's Spotify app.