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|
|Cypress Hill singles chronology|
"Insane in the Brain" is a 1993 single by the American hip hop group Cypress Hill. In addition to hitting number one on the US rap chart, the song also was a mainstream hit, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. It earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America and sold 600,000 copies domestically. 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
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' "All Over the World (La La)," which concludes the track. In 2007, it was ranked number 85 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.
According to a live interview aired on Double J during a feature of the Black Sunday album , 'insane in the membrane' was a localised gang term used at the time by the Crips when doing something crazy. It was then appropriated into this song. The interview also notes that B-Real was a member of the Bloods.
Uses of the song
In 2012, the song was used as an electrical stimulus causing action potentials in the axons controlling chromatophores in the Longfin Inshore Squid skin to create a colourful display of the music.
The video game Saints Row IV features the song during a scene in the game where the player character meets up with present-day Shaundi and her past self. The song can also be heard on the fictional radio station The Mix 107.77.
- UK CD single
- "Insane in the Brain" (Radio Edit) - 3:32
- "Stoned is the Way of the Walk" - 2:46
- "Something for the Blunted" - 1:15
- "Insane in the Brain" (Extended Version) - 4:56
- 1999 remix CD1
- "Insane in the Brain" (Jason Master Blaster Edit) - 4:06
- "Insane in the Brain" (Jason Master Blaster Club Mix) - 5:02
- "Insane in the Brain" (Da Funky Chunky Mix) - 6:36
- 1999 remix CD2
- "Insane in the Brain" (Nevins' Asylum Edit) - 3:40
- "Insane in the Brain" (Nevins' Asylum Club Mix) - 6:06
- "Insane in the Brain" (The Funky French B-Boy Remix) - 5:40
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||19|
|U.S. Hot Rap Songs||14|
|U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||24|
|Year End Charts (1993)||Official|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||65|
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