Today in Hip Hop History: Black Sunday

Black Sunday (1993)

July 20, 1993

Latino-American rap group Cypress Hill released their second studio album Black Sunday through Ruffhouse Records in 1993. Black Sunday remains as Cypress Hill’s most successful album to this day. The album was completely produced by DJ Muggs and T-Ray and contained no features.

The first single, “Insane in the Brain” has evolved into a multi-genre hit, and one of Cypress Hill’s cult following favorites. The second single “When The Shit Goes Down” was included in the movie This Is the End. The third single “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” was nominated for the Grammy Award’s Best Rap Performance of the year category. Additional joints “Hits from the Bong” and “I Wanna Get High” appears in various films, mostly those about marijuana usage.

Alluding to the signature style of Cypress Hill, the album booklet contains 19 facts about the history of hemp and the positive attributes of cannabis.

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts, selling 261,000 copies in the first week. With their self titled debut album, Cypress Hill, still in the Billboard charts, Cypress Hill became the first group to have two albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.  Black Sunday went RIAA Triple platinum in the U.S. with 3.4 million units sold and is an early 90’s West coast hip hop classic.

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