Black Sunday (Cypress Hill album)

Black Sunday is the second studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill. It was released on July 20, 1993 by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. The album proved to be a massive success just like the first album Cypress Hill. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 261,000 copies in its first week of sales[2] and became the highest Soundscan recording for a Hip Hop Group at the time. Also, with their first album (Cypress Hill) still in the charts, they became the first hip hop group ever to have 2 albums in the Top 10 of the US Billboard 200 at the same time. The album went Triple platinum in the U.S. with 3.4 million units sold.[3]

Black Sunday
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 1993
Recorded1992-1993
Genre
Length43:38
Label
Producer
Cypress Hill chronology
Something for the Blunted
(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

As Cypress Hill advocates for medical and recreational use of cannabis the booklet of the album contains 19 facts about the history of hemp and the positive attributes of cannabis.

BackgroundEdit

The first single, "Insane in the Brain", became a crossover hit, starting a following among Rock and Hip Hop audiences. A clean censored version of the album was also made which removes the song "A to the K". The song "Hand on the Glock" is a re-recorded version of the track "Hand on the Pump" from the debut album Cypress Hill.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
Los Angeles Times    [6]
NME8/10[7]
Orlando Sentinel     [8]
Q     [9]
Rolling Stone     [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
The Source4/5[12]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[13]

The single "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" was nominated for the Grammy Award's Best Rap Performance of the year category.[14]

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…"[10]

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…"[12]

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by DJ Muggs, except track 2 produced by T-Ray.

No.TitleLength
1."I Wanna Get High"2:54
2."I Ain't Goin' Out Like That"4:27
3."Insane in the Brain"3:31
4."When the Shit Goes Down"3:08
5."Lick a Shot"3:23
6."Cock the Hammer"4:25
7."Lock Down"1:16
8."3 Lil' Putos"3:40
9."Legalize It"0:46
10."Hits from the Bong"2:40
11."What Go Around Come Around, Kid"3:42
12."A to the K"3:27
13."Hand on the Glock"3:32
14."Break 'Em Off Some"2:44

Later repressings have a fade at the end of "Insane In The Brain" due to sample clearance issues, & "Lock Down" is omitted.

PersonnelEdit

Cypress HillEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • T-Ray – producer ("I Ain't Goin' Out Like That")
  • John Gamble – engineer
  • Andy Kravitz – engineer
  • Manuel Lecuona – engineer
  • Jason Roberts – engineer
  • Chris Shaw – engineer, mixing
  • Joe Nicolo – executive producer, mixing
  • Chris Schwartz – executive producer
  • Jay Papke – design
  • Anthony Artiaga – photography

ChartsEdit

SinglesEdit

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 -

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  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.
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  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (July 30, 1993). "Black Sunday". Entertainment Weekly. New York (181). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Hunt, Dennis (July 18, 1993). "Cypress Hill's Pot-Laced Hip-Hop High". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Batey, Angus (July 24, 1993). "Cypress Hill – Black Sunday". NME. London: 34. Archived from the original on June 10, 2000. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Gettelman, Parry (August 13, 1993). "Cypress Hill". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cypress Hill: Black Sunday". Q. London (85): 105. October 1993. ISSN 0955-4955.
  10. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (September 16, 1993). "Cypress Hill: Black Sunday". Rolling Stone. New York (665): 64. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Cypress Hill". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 206. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ a b "Cypress Hill: Black Sunday". The Source. New York (48): 82. September 1993. ISSN 1063-2085.
  13. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
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  17. ^ "1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. New York. 3 January 1994. p. 5. ISSN 0042-6180. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  18. ^ "The Top 50 LPs of 1993". NME. IPC Media. 25 December 1993. p. 66. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
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