Black Sunday (Cypress Hill album)

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Black Sunday
Cypress Hill-Black Sunday.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 1993
Cypress Hill chronology
Something for the Blunted
Black Sunday
Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
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

Black Sunday is the second studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released on July 20, 1993 by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 261,000 copies in its first week of sales[2] and becoming the highest Soundscan recording for a rap group at the time. The album went Triple platinum in the U.S., with 3.4 million units sold.[3]


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". "Hand on the Glock" is a re-recorded version of the track "Hand on the Pump", from the debut album Cypress Hill. The booklet of the album contains 19 facts about the history of hemp and the positive attributes of cannabis.

In popular culture[edit]

The songs "Hits from the Bong" and "I Wanna Get High" were used in the 2001 film 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 2011 film Hall Pass as well as a season 7 episode of NBC series Parks and Recreation. "Cock the Hammer" was featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero. The song "When the Shit Goes Down" was also included in the 2013 film This Is the End. The single "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" was featured in a trailer for Season 3 of the Netflix series Narcos.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
Orlando Sentinel4/5 stars[8]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[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 listing[edit]

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

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.


Cypress Hill[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • 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


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1993 Black Sunday #1 #1


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
"Insane in the Brain" #19 #27 #1 #16 #5 #16
"I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" #65 #86 #21 - #21 -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Insane in the Brain [Single] - Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "我要发高端贴之 SOUNDSCAN历周冠军专辑销量!" [SOUNDSCAN album sales!] (in Chinese). 1993: 7 Aug. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  3. ^ Kearney, Christine (16 April 2010). "NY: Still Smokin', Cypress Hill Battle To Keep Fans". The Drug War Headline News. Reuters. Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Black Sunday – Cypress Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  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.
  14. ^ "Cypress Hill - Black Sunday CD". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  15. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 1993". Q. Bauer Media. January 1994. p. 83. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  16. ^ "The Albums of the Year". Melody Maker. IPC Media. 1 January 1994. p. 77. ISSN 0025-9012. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  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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