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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 in 1993. It earned a Billboard Hot 100 gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America and sold 600,000 copies domestically. [2 ] It was highly successful in other countries. The song was released on the group's [3 ] album. Black Sunday
The popular lyric "Insane in the membrane" is sometimes confused for the title.
Origins and structure [ edit ]
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. [4 ]
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 contains a sample "
Son of a Preacher Man" by 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. [5 ] [6 ]
Uses of the song [ edit ]
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. [7 ] [8 ] [9 ]
Beau Monga performed a cover of this song on The X Factor
Track listings [ edit ]
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
References [ edit ]
^ "Insane in the Brain [Single] - Cypress Hill". AllMusic . Retrieved . February 21, 2015
^ "American certifications – Cypress Hill". Recording Industry Association of America.
^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". (BPI Communications) Billboard 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510 . Retrieved . May 4, 2015
^ B-Real Official Website Bio
^ "Cypress Hill music video for Insane In The Brain". 1992 . Retrieved . 2010-03-04
^ "DNA Lounge blog entry explaining architectural features visible in the Cypress Hill video". 2001-09-18 . Retrieved . 2010-03-04
^ Gage, Greg. " Insane in the Chromatophores" Youtube video Vimeo video Backyard Brains, 23 August 2012. Retrieved: 2 September 2012.
^ " MBL Scientists Discover Nerves Control Iridescence in Squid’s Remarkable “Electric Skin”" , 24 August 2012. Retrieved: 2 September 2012. Marine Biological Laboratory
^ Kenney, Diane. " Insanely Popular: MBL Squid Research/Rap Video Goes Viral" , 31 August 2012. Retrieved: 2 September 2012. Marine Biological Laboratory
^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993" . Retrieved . 2010-08-27
^ "The Year in Music: Rap" (PDF). (BPI Communications) Billboard 105 (52): YE-27. December 25, 1993. ISSN 0006-2510 . Retrieved . May 4, 2015
^ "The Year in Music: Dance" (PDF). (BPI Communications) Billboard 105 (52): YE-53. December 25, 1993. ISSN 0006-2510 . Retrieved . May 4, 2015
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