Black Sunday (Cypress Hill album)

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Black Sunday
Studio album by Cypress Hill
Released July 20, 1993
Recorded 1992
Genre West Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, latin hip hop, alternative hip hop
Length 43:38
Label Ruffhouse, Columbia
Producer DJ Muggs, T-Ray
Cypress Hill chronology
Cypress Hill
(1991)
Black Sunday
(1993)
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
(1995)
Singles from Black Sunday
  1. "Insane in the Brain"
    Released: June 22, 1993[1]
  2. "When the Shit Goes Down"
    Released: 1993
  3. "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That"
    Released: 1993
  4. "Lick a Shot"
    Released: 1994

Black Sunday is the second album by rap group Cypress Hill. It was released on July 20, 1993. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 261,000 copies in its first week,[2] recording the highest Soundscan for a rap group at the time. The album went Triple platinum in the U.S. with 3.4 million units sold.[3] Black Sunday is also seen as a hip hop classic and the group's most successful material to date.

Album information[edit]

The first single, "Insane in the Brain," became a crossover hit, starting a following among rock audiences. A censored version of the album was also made which removes the song "A To The K".

The songs "Hits from the Bong" and "I Wanna Get High" were used in the movie How High. "I Wanna Get High" was also featured in the vampire junkie film "The Addiction." "Hits from the Bong" was also heard in the film Hall Pass. "Hand on the Glock" is a re-recorded version of the track "Hand on the Pump", from the debut album Cypress Hill. The booklet to the album contains 19 facts about the history of hemp and the positive attributes of cannabis.

The song "When The Shit Goes Down" was included in the movie This Is the End.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [4]
Rhapsody (favourable) [5]
Entertainment Weekly A− [6]
RealRap Network 5/5 stars [7]
The Source 4/5 stars [8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [9]

The single "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" was nominated for the Grammy Award's Best Rap Performance of the year category.[10]

Rolling Stone - 4 stars - Excellent - "…it's the Cypress combo of stark grooves and cinematic gangsta fairy tales that allows them to rule the streets, a formula not messed with on Black Sunday…"[9]

The Source - 4 stars - Excellent - "…a darker sequel…this album is definitely worth buying as it easily rips the frame out of all those Cypress bandwagon jumpers…"[8]

  • Ranked #35 in Melody Maker‍ '​s list of "The Albums of the Year" for 1993.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "I Wanna Get High"   DJ Muggs 2:54
2. "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That"   T-Ray 4:27
3. "Insane in the Brain"   DJ Muggs 3:28
4. "When the Shit Goes Down"   DJ Muggs 3:08
5. "Lick a Shot"   DJ Muggs 3:23
6. "Cock the Hammer"   DJ Muggs 4:25
7. "Lock Down" (Interlude) DJ Muggs 1:16
8. "3 Lil' Putos"   DJ Muggs 3:40
9. "Legalize It"   DJ Muggs 0:46
10. "Hits from the Bong"   DJ Muggs 2:40
11. "What Go Around Come Around, Kid"   DJ Muggs 3:42
12. "A to the K"   DJ Muggs 3:27
13. "Hand on the Glock"   DJ Muggs 3:32
14. "Break 'Em off Some"   DJ Muggs 2:44

Samples[edit]

I Wanna Get High

I Ain't Goin' Out Like That

Insane in the Brain

When the Shit Goes Down

  • "Stratus" by Billy Cobham
  • "Deep Gully" by Outlaw Blues Band

Cock the Hammer

Interlude

3 Lil' Putos

Legalize It

Hits from the Bong

What Go Around Come Around, Kid

A to the K

Hand on the Glock

Break 'Em Off Some

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1993 Black Sunday #1 #1

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40 Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Hot Dance Music/Club Play
1993
"Insane in the Brain" #19 #27 #1 #16 #5 #16
1994
"I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" #65 #86 #21 - #21 -

Personnel[edit]

  • B-Real - Vocals
  • Sen Dog - Vocals
  • Joe Gamble - Engineer
  • Andy Kravitz - Engineer
  • Manuel Lecuona - Engineer
  • DJ Muggs - Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Mixing, Scratching/Turntablism
  • Joe Nicolo - Executive Producer, Mixing
  • Jay Papke - Design
  • Jason Roberts - Engineer
  • Chris Schwartz - Executive Producer
  • Chris Shaw - Engineer / Mixing
  • T-Ray - Producer ("I Ain't Goin' Out Like That")
  • Anthony Artiaga - Photography

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Insane in the Brain [Single] - Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "我要发高端贴之 SOUNDSCAN历周冠军专辑销量!" [SOUNDSCAN album sales!] (in Chinese). baidu.com. 1993: 7 Aug. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Kearney, Christine (16 April 2010). "NY: Still Smokin', Cypress Hill Battle To Keep Fans". The Drug War Headline News (Marijuana.com). Reuters. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Cypress Hill: Black Sunday > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Black Sunday (Explicit): Cypress Hill". Rhapsody. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Sinclair, Tom (30 July 1993). "Black Sunday: Cypress Hill". Entertainment Weekly (#181) (Time). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cypress Hill's zenith". RealRap Network. realrap.net. 11 July 2002. Archived from the original on 3 August 2002. 
  8. ^ a b "Black Sunday". The Source (New York): 82. September 1993. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (16 September 1993). "Cypress Hill: Black Sunday". Rolling Stone (RS 665) (Straight Arrow). p. 64. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "Cypress Hill - Black Sunday CD". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 1993". Q (Bauer Media). January 1994. p. 83. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Albums of the Year". Melody Maker (IPC Media). 1 January 1994. p. 77. ISSN 0025-9012. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice (New York). 3 January 1994. p. 5. ISSN 0042-6180. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Top 50 LPs of 1993". NME (IPC Media). 25 December 1993. p. 66. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Zooropa by U2
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 7–20, 1993
Succeeded by
Sleepless in Seattle (soundtrack) by Various artists