How I Could Just Kill a Man

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"How I Could Just Kill a Man"
Single by Cypress Hill
from the album Cypress Hill
Released July 11, 1991
Format
Recorded 1990
Genre
Length 4:08
Label
Producer(s) DJ Muggs
Cypress Hill singles chronology
"How I Could Just Kill a Man"
(1991)
"The Phuncky Feel One"
(1991)

"How I Could Just Kill a Man" is the debut single by hip hop group Cypress Hill from their eponymous debut album, Cypress Hill, and was their first major hit in 1991. It was released as a double A-side to "The Phuncky Feel One" and the music video featured cameos by A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip and Ice Cube, with whom the group would later feud. It was re-released in 1999 with Spanish lyrics and a new video. It is featured as the first track on their greatest hits compilation "Greatest Hits From the Bong". The song was also featured on the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, appearing on the West Coast hip hop station Radio Los Santos. It was voted #79 in About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs.[1]

Towards the end of the song (approximately the last 30 seconds) someone is heard saying, "All I wanted was a Pepsi". This quote is taken from the well-known Suicidal Tendencies song, "Institutionalized".

In 2001, Cypress Hill included a sequel to the song on their album Stoned Raiders entitled "Here Is Something You Can't Understand", using the same chorus but with new verses from B-Real, Sen Dog and guest Kurupt.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" (The Killer Mix) 4:08
2. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" (clean version) 4:08
3. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" (instrumental) 4:08
  • NOTE: "The Killer Mix" is the uncensored album version of the song.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US 77[2]
US Rap 1[3]

Covers[edit]

Rage Against the Machine version[edit]

"How I Could Just Kill a Man"
Single by Rage Against the Machine
from the album Renegades
Released October 20, 2001
Genre Rap metal
Length 4:04
Label
Producer(s)
Rage Against the Machine singles chronology
"Renegades of Funk"
(2000)
"How I Could Just Kill a Man"
(2001)
"Killing in the Name" (reissue)
(2009)

The song was covered by rap metal band Rage Against the Machine on their cover album, Renegades, where the song was released as a single. Rage Against the Machine performed the song on their DVD, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, accompanied by Cypress Hill.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" – 4:04

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Main. 39[4]
US Alt. 37[4]

Other versions[edit]

Singer Charlotte Sometimes named the first single from her debut album Waves and the Both of Us "How I Can Just Kill A Man" in honor of Cypress Hill, though the songs have no other similarities. Charlotte's version of the song quickly became a staple on both VH1 and MTV during the summer of 2008 and closed her set on the Vans Warped Tour.

A cover version was released in 1994 by German Hamburger Schule band Cpt. Kirk &. on the album "Round About Wyatt", but with the song's title changed to "How He Could Just Kill A Man".

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