20 Years Ago Today: Cypress Hill’s ‘Black Sunday’

Black-Sunday1993On July 20th, 1993 Californian rap group Cypress Hill released their groundbreaking second album, “Black Sunday”. To mark this anniversary we present you a look back at the album.

Black Sunday

Released: 20 July 1993
Recorded: 1992
Genre: West Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, latin hip hop, alternative hip hop
Length: 43:38
Label: Ruffhouse, Columbia
Producer: DJ Muggs, T-Ray

Singles from Black Sunday

Insane In the Brain
I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That

About Black Sunday

Black Sunday debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 261,000 copies in its first week, recording the highest Soundscan for a rap group at the time. The album went Triple platinum in the U.S. with 3.4 million units sold.

The first single, “Insane in the Brain,” became a crossover hit, starting a following among rock audiences. A censored version of the album was also made which removes the song “A To The K”.

The songs “Hits from the Bong” and “I Wanna Get High” were used in the movie How High. “I Wanna Get High” was also featured in the vampire junkie film “The Addiction.” “Hits from the Bong” was also heard in the film Hall Pass. “Hand on the Glock” is a re-recorded version of the track “Hand on the Pump”, from the debut album Cypress Hill. The booklet to the album contains 19 facts about the history of hemp and the positive attributes of cannabis.

Included in Q magazine’s list of the 50 Best Albums of 1993.
Ranked #35 in Melody Maker’s list of “The Albums of the Year” for 1993.
Ranked #29 in the Village Voice’s 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Ranked #8 in New Musical Express’s list of “The Top 50 LPs of 1993”.

What the Critics Said

“…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…”

~ Rolling Stone

“…a darker sequel…this album is definitely worth buying as it easily rips the frame out of all those Cypress bandwagon jumpers…”

~ The Source

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