Cypress Hill
Black Sunday


3.5
great

Review

by Toby B. Noto USER (14 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2006 | 26 replies | 15,471 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

After their self-titled debut, Cypress Hill needed an album that would secure their place in hip-hop history. An album that needed everything. traditional Cypress funk, a darker side and a handful of quality singles. This album in no doubt succeeded in doing so, putting Latino rap on the map for the years to come.

'Black Sunday' is in every way trying to get the pro-marijuana argument across to the public, but that in no way makes the lyrics subject to cannabis related filler, but just adds a mellow calmness to the album. Ideal stoner rap really. The introductory 'I wanna get high' shows this, with B-real floating on thin air moaning 'I want to get hiiiiigh, so hiiiiigh.......'.

The first half of the album is very kind to the ear, with simple beats and the usual eerie samples thrown in for that extra bounce. 'I ain't goin out like that' offers an simple yet fitting bassline which leads the song in a dark and pessimistic way. Although the album falls down a large transition quickly to the widely acclaimed single 'Insane in the Brain'. I think most people will be familiar with the opening lyric 'Don't you know i'm loco?'. The funkier tracks shows of the DJ's talent, making the catchyiest tunes out of the most simple melodies. B-real does a great job sporting his whiney nasally style over tracks such as 'Insane in the Brain' and the upbeat 'When the *** goes down' to add originality and a style to be matched by most modern rap artists.

Once again the album takes another huge step to fast paced minor sounding beats, very similar to the first two tracks. though the sound doesn't vary to a great extent, the lyrics to 'Lick a Shot' prove fantastically dark and humerous; "Had a bad dream woke up in a casket, now I can't even get back at the bastard". This is also the first song with a noticable cut-in B-section, which is unusual as 'Cypress Hill' are known to keep their beats constant and unchanging. Other dark tracks such as 'Cock the Hammer' offer a nice neutral listen, with brilliant references to the human rectum, "How does it feel though when my boots stuck in your ass like a dildo?". Once again though, the same repetetive bassline is used throughout the track, and does get old after repeat listening.

The second half of the album starts with two instrumentals, which aren't tremondously impressive, but probably aimed more at the intoxicated. 'Lock down' uses funk bar chords, simple drumming and a fairly catchy bass to create quite a dull filler track of just over a minute long. The same goes for 'Legalize it', another repetetive riff with short samples, ending up with and moderate paced instrumental of under a minute long.

The highlights of the second half of the album are 'Hits from the Bong' and ' Break 'em off Some'. Both tracks are very therapeutic, with lovely sounding slow melodies and stoning related lyrics, yet B-reals voice is almost hypnotic; " Hits from the booooong.....".

The second half does indeed let the album down, with quite a few dull filler tracks thrown in, 'A to the K' and 'hand on the glock to name' a few. Overall, great stoner Rap for the best Latin rap group to ever hit the scene. however, there is much to enjoy for every rap fan, ranging from funk rap, to heavy dark beats and outrageous lyrics.

Song ratings and tracklisting
1) I wanna get high 3/5
2) I ain't goin' out like that 3.5/5
3) Insane in the Brain 5/5
4) When the *** goes down 5/5
5) Lick a shot 4.5/5
6) Cock the Hammer 4/5
7) Lock down 2.5/5
8) 3 lil' Putos 2.5/5
9) Legalize it 2.5/5
10) Hits from the Bong 4.5/5
11) What goes around comes around, kid 3/5
12) A to the K 3/5
13) Hand on the glock 2/5
14) break 'em off some 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MyRamona
May 2nd 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmmm, its a shame that most of the track titles got blanked.

masada
May 2nd 2006



2733 Comments


Meh, this album really isn't that good. The best track is easily "Insane in the Brain".

MyRamona
May 2nd 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album grew on me like the rest of their albums. I believe that a handful of solid tracks make an album

Thor
May 2nd 2006



10178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was a solid release, but nothing special. Cypress Hill is great driving music!
Good review, too.

"Freshly Baked"
May 3rd 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love I Wanna Get High. It's one of the few songs about weed that isn;t lame

Just thought I'd share that

rose_x
May 4th 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love HITS FROM THE BONG literally.

Zesty Mordant
May 5th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, probably their best work. My only criticism is that it does get a little repetitive, but I guess when you're constantly high it doesn't matter.
On a related note "I Wanna Get High" is wayyy better in the Spanish version, "Yo Quero Fumar"

Foreskin Fondler
May 5th 2006



279 Comments


^tienes mota

blinkchillie90
August 14th 2006



33 Comments


this album is so awesome

naboo
August 21st 2006



39 Comments


I think this is the only hip-hop/rap (whatever) album that I actually like. Good review.

Pizza
September 20th 2006



687 Comments


Nice review. I know a son of one of the members

stompybeardo
September 20th 2006



746 Comments


"people go crazy when i roast the quail/ tell bill clinton to gulf and inhale", classicThis Message Edited On 09.20.06

CoRpSeSlAyEr
July 23rd 2007



855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't care for most Hip-Hop, but this stuff is really good.

dub sean
July 23rd 2007



980 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah this album is fun

sitandtalk
September 6th 2008



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I grew up listening to this album. As for a kid, it is some scary shit sounding music. No dope on this.

MUNGOLOID
October 17th 2008



4277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm surprised by the amount of 5s that were thrown to this cd. it's awesome but you can't tell me that "When The Shit Goes Down" is a classic song while keeping a straight face.

Meatplow
August 28th 2011



5524 Comments


A to the Motherfuckin' K Homeboy

Cells
December 6th 2011



1875 Comments


Classic.

PurpleDino
February 29th 2012



3049 Comments


PICK IT, PACK IT, FIRE IT UP, COME ALOOOOONG AND TAKE A HIT FROM THA BOOOONG

random
June 30th 2012



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love "Insane In The Brain".



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