DJ Muggs is born as Lawrence Muggerud on 28 January 1968 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Muggs is one of the few hip-hop artists who has remained at the top of his career since the early 80s.
Getting his first set of turntables in 1985, within four years DJ Muggs had produced a record called "Mad, Mad World" for the soundtrack Colors, won the West Coast DMX DJing finals (1989), and formed Cypress Hill with his friends B-Real and Sen Dog.
The trio's classic self-titled debut and the follow-up, Black Sunday, were like a breath of fresh air in the rap world, with stabbing laid-back beats and B-Real and Sen Dog's snarling vocals.
Muggs carried on working with Cypress Hill throughout the 90s and into the new millennium, and acted as producer for artists including House Of Pain, Ice Cube, Funkdoobiest, and Goodie Mob.
In 1997 he decided to launch his Soul Assassins project. The many guest rappers to appear on the 1997 debut included Dr. Dre, Wyclef Jean, RZA and GZA. A second instalment was released in 2000.
The previous year Muggs recorded an experimental collaboration with UK trip-hop artist Tricky and producer DJ Grease. Juxtapose was truly unforgettable, with Muggs and Grease twisting the beats and Tricky rambling on in his parallel universe.
Further work with Cypress Hill preceded the release of Muggs' solo debut proper, Dust, in March 2003. This experimental album edged away from hip-hop to embrace the dark, atmospheric trip-hop of Tricky and fellow Brits Massive Attack. One of the leading producers in the modern industry, Muggs has many strings to his bow and shows no signs of stopping.