Insane in the Brain

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"Insane in the Brain"
Single by Cypress Hill
from the album Black Sunday
Released June 22, 1993[1]
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1992
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:32
Label Ruffhouse,
Columbia Records
Writer(s) B-Real
Producer(s) Cypress Hill
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Cypress Hill singles chronology
"Latin Lingo"
"Insane in the Brain"
"When the Shit Goes Down"

"Insane in the Brain" is a hit single by the American hip hop group Cypress Hill. It was released in 1993 and in addition to hitting number 1 on the US rap chart, the song also was a surprise crossover hit, reaching #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. It was highly successful in other countries. The song was released on the group's Black Sunday album.

The popular lyric "Insane in the membrane" is sometimes confused for the title.

Origins and structure[edit]

According to B-Real, the song was actually a diss song aimed at Chubb Rock. The group felt Chubb had ridiculed their style on his 1992 album I Gotta Get Mine Yo.[2]

It is claimed that DJ Muggs produced the song "Jump Around" by House of Pain, which was later used to produce this song, with minor changes.

This song is a resumption of "Son of a Preacher Man" of Dusty Springfield, and the song is built around many samples: a repeating sample of a horse from Mel and Tim's "Good Guys Only Win in the Movies"; a drum break from organist George Semper's cover version of Lee Dorsey's "Get Out of My Life, Woman"; a sample of James Brown grunting from the opening of his song "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud"; a sample of the line "insane in the brain" from Cypress Hill's own song "Hole in the Head"; the opening keyboard from Sly & the Family Stone's "Life" and a sample of the line "I think I'm going crazy" from The Youngbloods's "All Over the World (La La)," which concludes the track. In 2008, it was ranked number 34 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

A video for the track was filmed at San Francisco's DNA Lounge.[3][4]

In 1999 Jason Nevins released several remixes of the track under the name "Jason Nevins vs. Cypress Hill." The song was featured in the 2005 film Fun with Dick and Jane.

In 2012, the song was used to show that axons transmit electricity from sound to chromatophores of a dead Longfin Inshore Squid to create a colourful display of the music.[5][6][7]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Insane in the Brain" (Radio Edit) - 3:32
  2. "Stoned is the Way of the Walk" - 2:46
  3. "Something for the Blunted" - 1:15
  4. "Insane in the Brain" (Extended Version) - 4:56
1999 remix CD1
  1. "Insane in the Brain" (Jason Master Blaster Edit) - 4:06
  2. "Insane in the Brain" (Jason Master Blaster Club Mix) - 5:02
  3. "Insane in the Brain" (Da Funky Chunky Mix) - 6:36
1999 remix CD2
  1. "Insane in the Brain" (Nevins' Asylum Edit) - 3:40
  2. "Insane in the Brain" (Nevins' Asylum Club Mix) - 6:06
  3. "Insane in the Brain" (The Funky French B-Boy Remix) - 5:40



End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 65


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