Eric Bobo's Appearances
"Bobo On The Corner"
So you are waiting for a new album from the Beastie Boys to drop, you load up Ill Communication and think back to the 1994 world tour. You reflect on how nicely the styles of Eric Bobo and Money Mark complimented Adam, Adam, and Michael. You long for yesterday and discover that there is a whole 'nother world of Eric Bobo material out there just waiting for you to discover. Here is a look into that world....
Proper Dos Mexican Power (1992)
Proper Dos is a Mexican rap crew comprised of Frank V and Ernie Gonzalez. They asked Eric Bobo to perform on a couple of tracks for their 1992 release Mexican Power. Bobo played congas on “One Summer Night,” and “Life of a Gangster.”
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CB4 (1993)
Although the liner notes for the CB4 soundtrack don’t mention Eric Bobo, it is a fact that he played percussion on Hurricane’s song “Stick’em Up.” This song, featuring the Beastie Boys, also showed up again on DJ Hurricane’s 1994 solo album “The Hurra.” However, the version of “Stick’em Up” which appears on this soundtrack is slightly longer than the LP version. It starts off with a few lines of dialog (from what sounds like an old 1940s gangster movie) before going into the song.
Papa’s Culture papa’s culture, but… (1993)
Eric Bobo, as part of the neofunkophonicorkestra, played percussion on the papa’s culture, but… This album’s liner notes do not clearly indicate if Bobo played on every track or just a few.
The Black Crowes amorica (1994)
The liner notes do not make it clear which songs feature Eric Bobo on percussion; instead they simply state “special appearance by Eric Bobo on percussion.”
It is worth noting that this album was recorded at the Sound City Studios in May and June 1994. In context of Bobo’s involvement with the Beastie Boys, this was just prior to him hitting the road for the lengthy 1994 Lollapalooza tour.
Beastie Boys Ill Communication (1994)
Eric Bobo contributed a large amount of material to this multi-platinum selling release. His influence shines through on songs like: “Ricky’s Theme,” “Bobo on the Corner,” “Eugene’s Lament,” “Shambala,” and “Sabrosa.”
Beastie Boys Sure Shot 12” and Maxi CD Single (1994)
Eric Bobo appears on the instrumental track entitled “Son of Neck Bone.” The title of this track is a nod to Eric’s father Willie Bobo, who the Beastie Boys are fans of.
Beastie Boys Tour Shot (1994)
This expensive Japanese import consists of many of the same tracks found on the domestic Sure Shot cd maxi-single plus three additional live performance tracks from the Beastie Boys June 14th 1994 Glastonbury concert in Sheffield England. Although uncredited, Eric Bobo appears on the live rendition of “Sabrosa” and “Sabotage.”
Woodstock 94 (1994)
On the Woodstock 94 double disc set, Eric Bobo played percussion on the live version of the Cypress Hill song “How I Could Just Kill a Man.” Although he is not mentioned in the liner notes, his on stage contribution was noted by those who happened to have recorded the pay-per-view performance.
Beastie Boys Root Down E.P. (1995)
The Root Down E.P was a combination of “Root Down” remixes and a handful of live performance tracks from the Beastie Boys European Polar Fleece Tour. Although the liner notes are frustratingly vague, one can assume Eric Bobo likely performed on both “The Maestro” and “Sabrosa.”
Hurricane The Hurra (1995)
This album features Eric Bobo’s percussion skills on the following tracks: “Feel the Blast,” “Pass Me the Gun,” “Where’s My Niggas At,” “What’s Really Going On,” “Get Blind,” “Pat Your Foot,” and “Stick’em Up.” In addition to playing on the album, Bobo is also credited for having helped create and produce “Feel the Blast.”
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill III (Temples of Boom) (1995)
Eric Bobo is credited for playing congas on “Locotes.”
Beastie Boys The In Sound from Way Out (1996)
Eric Bobo is credited for his work on the song “Son of Neckbone” which originally appeared on the 1994 “Sure Shot” single. He also appears on several other tracks on this all instrumental album which were previously released on the 1994 album Ill Communication, e.g. “Ricky’s Theme,” “Bobo on the Corner,” “Eugene’s Lament,” “Shambala,” and “Sabrosa.”
The Cable Guy Soundtrack (1996)
Cypress Hill contributed the track “The Last Assassin” to the soundtrack of the Jim Carrey movie The Cable Guy. The album’s liner notes make no mention of Eric Bobo, but he was a solid fixture with Cypress Hill at this point, having toured with the Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and B-Real throughout 1995. On this track Bobo plays a small piano piece which is looped throughout the song.
311 Transistor (1997)
Eric Bobo played percussion on the following 311 tracks “Running,” “Strangers,” and “Stealing Happy Hours.”
Tha Alkaholiks Likwidation (1997)
This 1997 offering from Tha Alkaholiks featured several upper echelon performers including NAS, Xzibit, LL Cool J, and Ol'Dirty Bastard and Eric Bobo on percussion. It is worth picking up or downloading if you do not already have it.
Bullworth the Soundtrack (1998)
Cypress Hill contributed the track “Lunatics in the Grass” to the soundtrack of the Warren Beatty movie Bullworth. Although it is not clear from the liner notes as to whether Eric Bobo performed on the track, he is credited for having co-produced and mixed the song.
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (1998)
Eric Bobo receives a writing credit in the liner notes of the 1998 Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty for his contribution to the song “Song for Junior.” Also featured on this track is Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson fame.
Soulfly Soulfly (1998)
Eric Bobo and Mario Caldato Jr. teamed up on the song “Umbabarauma” with Soulfly on their 1998 self-entitled release. Bobo played percussion on the track and Mario C. later co-produced and mixed it. The album also boasts guest appearances by DJ Lethal (House of Pain/ Limp Bizkit) and Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit).
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill IV (1998)
Eric Bobo contributed a great deal to this Cypress Hill album, for example he played bass on “Riot Starter” and percussion on “Tequila Sunrise.” He also lends backing vocals to several songs including: “I Remember that Freak Bitch (From the Club),” “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “16 Men Till There’s No Men Left,” and “High Times.”
NFL Jams (1998)
This compilation disc consists of songs recorded by NFL Football Players and various recording artists. Found on this disc is the song “Push ‘Em Up,” which is a new rendition of the old Hurricane track “Stick ‘em Up.” Although it originally appeared on the CB4 Soundtrack back in 1993, the track pops up again here with a couple of changes. First, the chorus was changed from “Stick’em up” to “Push ‘em up.” Next, an additional verse from athletes Danny Kanell and Kerry Collins was added in following Adam Horovitz’s rhyme. As was not always the case in the past, Eric Bobo receives credit in the liner notes for having played percussion on this track.
Beastie Boys The Sounds of Science (1999)
Eric Bobo is credited for his work on the song “Son of Neckbone” which originally appeared on the 1994 “Sure Shot” single. He also appears on another track included here on this quasi-greatest hits collection: “Sabrosa” from the 1994 Ill Communication album. Please note that fans were encouraged to compile their own album track list for The Sounds of Science cd sets bought online. This entry reflects the standard issue album release available in retail stores.
Cypress Hill Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol (1999)
Eric Bobo is mentioned in the liner notes as being a member of Cypress Hill and a photo of him in concert is part of the CD booklet. Yet, due to the song selection which comprised this release, he may not actually appear as a musician on this disc.
Music from the MGM Motion Picture The Mod Squad (1999)
Few people buy movie soundtracks and even fewer bought this album. In spite of its diverse list of contributing artists, ranging from Bjork to Everlast, this release was well below the radar of most. Sen Dog’s side-project band SX-10 contributed their song “Goin’ Crazy” to it. Eric Bobo is not credited for his contribution to “Goin’ Crazy” in the soundtrack liner notes. It is worth noting that this is a slightly shorter edit (run time 3:36) than the one released on SX-10’s Mad Dog American album (run time 3:50) which was released the following year.
Cypress Hill Skull & Bones (2000)
Eric Bobo is credited for playing the drums on the following tracks: “Valley of Chrome,” “Get out of my Head,” “Can’t Get the Best of Me,” “A Man,” “Dust,” and “(Rock) Superstar.” He also receives writing credit on four of the songs: “Get Out of My Head,” “Can’t Get the Best of Me,” “A Man,” and “Dust.”
SX-10 Mad Dog American (2000)
Sen Dog briefly departed from Cypress Hill to pursue different music projects, SX-10 being one of those. Eric Bobo makes a guest appearance on the track “Goin Crazy.” Other guest stars include DJ Muggs, Everlast, and Sen Dog’s brother Mellow Man Ace.
Cypress Hill Live at the Fillmore (2000)
On August 16, 2000, Cypress Hill (B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric Bobo) performed live at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. The show was recorded and later released as a live album.
Tony Touch The Piece Maker (2000)
Cypress Hill teamed up with Tony Touch on the track “U Known the Rules [Mi Vida Loca]” for the Piece Maker album. Eric Bobo is not credited for his work on this album, but his talent can be prominently heard as the song winds down. This CD plays like a skillfully made old school mixtape. Some of the other guest stars include: Wu-Tang Clan, Xzibit, De La Soul, and D-12 featuring Eminem.
V and Legacy 2000 MG (2000)
V and Legacy released this album on the independent Marina Del Ray, CA label X-Ray in 2000. The strength of this project was its wealth of guest stars including: George Clinton (P-Funk), DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit/House of Pain), the Pharcyde, and Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, Eric Bobo, and DJ Muggs. Eric Bobo gets his own instrumental track “BOBO,” which is similar enough to his work on Ill Communication that it warrants picking up this album.
Cypress Hill Stoned Raiders (2001)
Eric Bobo is credited for playing drums on the following tracks: “Trouble,” “Amplified,” “It Ain’t Easy,” “Catastrophe,” He also receives writing credit on “Trouble” and “Catastrophe.”
Various Artists Electrolatino Volume2 (2001)
This compilation disc features Eric Bobo on the Sargento Garcia song “Amor Pa’mi (Latin Soul Remix).”
Cypress Hill Stash (2002)
Eric Bobo receives writing credit for the track “Amplified.” The version of “Amplified” which appears on this E.P. is the Fredwreck Remix.
How High (2002)
In 2002, Method Man and Redman starred in the major motion picture How High. Near the end of the movie there is a party scene which involves a performance of “Red, Meth, and B” by Cypress Hill. Eric Bobo, Sen Dog, and B-Real all play themselves in the flick and are credited for their appearance at the end of the movie. It is worth noting that DJ Muggs does not appear onscreen.
Fort Minor The Rising Tied (2005)
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame put out this album, which went on to sell around 500,000 copies in November of 2005. Eric Bobo toured with Fort Minor and is featured on the track Believe Me. Noteworthy is the fact that other instrumental pieces consisting primarily of piano and Bobo's percussion were also recorded. Although unreleased at this time, it is believed that these tracks will eventually see formal release.
Meeting of the Minds Vol. 1 (2008)
For the Meeting of the Minds Vol. 1 Eric Bobo enlists several soliders to guest on this long anticipated album. Although the Beastie Boys are not featured on Volume 1, the hope is that Volume 2 will feature a long overdue Beastie Boys - Eric Bobo reunion.