Posts Tagged ‘Cypress Hill’

cypress-hill-black-sundayWe are changing things up a bit here on Moshpits and Movies because not only are we a fan of metal and rock and the sub-genres in between, but we are a fan of old school 90’s hip hop and Gangsta Rap. I was watching a documentary on TV about the LA Riots of 1992 (Burn Motherf***er Burn!) and I was reminded of one of the coolest acts out of Southern California in Cypress Hill. Cypress Hill was made up of B-Real, Sen Dog, and DJ Muggs and they were the first Latino American Hip Hop group to have a number one Rap album in history and they also recorded the highest soundscan for a rap group at the time as well. The album Black Sunday (which we are covering this week) debuted at number one on The Billboard Top 200 charts selling 261,000 copies in it’s first week with the help of crossover hit Insane In The Brain (was also a Top 20 track on the Billboard Hot 100) which attracted a rock audience. The album would eventually go triple platinum as it sold about 3.4 million records and I believe that is to date. The same week it debuted at number one, it did the same thing on the Top R&B/Hip Hop charts as well.

Cypress Hill - Black Sunday - Back1.I Wanna Get High– A pretty self explanatory track that samples Taxman by Little Junior Parker and Get Outta My Life Woman by The New Apocalypse. 5/5

2. I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That– The third single from the album that samples The Wizard by Black Sabbath for the basis of the track while mixing in Galaxy Around Olodumare by Alice Coltrane and Rainmaker by Harry Nilsson. The track always seemed like a statement from the group that they were here to stay and the wannabes will fade away. 5/5

3. Insane In The Brain– The song that launched the band into the mainstream world was actually a diss track aimed at Chubb Rock. DJ Muggs had produced House Of Pain’s Jump Around and he used as the basis of the track with some real obvious changes with tons of samples. 5/5

4. When the Shit Goes Down– A bluesy sample from DJ Muggs drives the song about being ready to go when the sh** goes down. 4/5

5. Lick A ShotEpistrophy by Richard Davis and Sweat Pea by Tommy Roe help drive this Gangsta Rap track. 4/5

6. Cock The Hammer– A killer bass line drives the song with samples from Uri (The Wind) by Flora Purim and Blind Alley by The Emotions. The song is about being ready to go to battle and it touches a little upon how the Latinos in LA have just as many problems as others. 4/5

7. Lock Down– an interlude that samples Is It Because I’m Black by Syl Johnson. 4/5

black-sunday-4dd1b01105a0c8. 3 Lil’ Putos– A bunch of samples drive this bare bones drum driven track about life on the streets. 4/5

9. Legalize It– an intro track that samples Hallelujah, I Love Her So by Gene Chandler with a bunch of different sound clips of people giving the benefits of Marijuana. 4/5

10. Hits From The Bong– One of the most bad ass Cypress Hill songs that heavily samples Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield as the basis of the track. I think you can guess what this song is about. 5/5

11. What Go Around Come Around, KidGet Out of My Life Woman by Grassella Oliphant drives the track which is essentially about being careful because what goes around comes around. 4/5

12. A To The K– The track actually samples A to the K by Wild Style in another track about life on the streets. 4/5

13. Hand on the Glock– The track samples Oh, Pretty Woman by Albert King for the basis while every know and then they inject another sample in between like Midnight Theme by Manzel or You’re A Customer by EMPD. 4/5

14. Break ‘Em Off Some-The last track on the album that samples Money In The Pocket by Joe Zawinul as the basis of the track while interjecting samples from Critical Beatdown by Ultramagnetic MC’s and Kool Is Back by Funk, Inc. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– One of the best albums from a hip hop/Rap group like Cypress Hill that at a point in time made it easy to like rap music because it was fresh, new, and it sounded dangerous. That is why I am giving Black Sunday which had an amazing cover to boot, 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Tom Morello has worked with so many artists in his day spanning genres whether it be with his groups Rage Against The Machine, The Nightwatchmen, Street Sweeper Social Club, or Audioslave. He has also worked with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Primus, Johnny Cash, Cypress Hill, Device, Linkin Park, and now he can add GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan to that list. GZA along with Morello, Hanni El Khatib, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson for a funky cover of Babe Ruth’s The Mexican and I chose the song for this week’s cover of the week. The song was covered in the 80’s by a band called Jellyfish, but this version is more like a re-imagining. What I love about the song is the flamenco guitars in the beginning before the song gets funky with GZA laying down some fresh lyrics with Morello’s guitar skills on the track as well. The song is a stand alone track so I believe it won’t be featured on GZA’s new album that he is working on called Dark Matter. This is an amazing cover of the song and if you’re into Morello’s playing then you’ll get his signature style on the track during the solo. You can download the track directly from Soundcloud if you like it, otherwise check out the track below.

220px-Meteor_manFor today’s super Sunday film, I wanted to throw a curve ball at what you guys may think I was going to choose for today’s film. I chose the 1993 film The Meteor Man which stars Robert Townsend as Jefferson Reed, a school teacher in an inner city that has been plagued by violence and street gangs for way too long. Some of the local residents want to make a difference, but they just don’t know how their going to do it until one faithful day that will give the steam they need to move ahead. Jefferson will have a chance encounter with a meteor that changes his life forever because it gives him super powers. At first, he wants to keep it a secret, but his family feels that they can use his newly gained powers to finally clean up the streets of Washington DC from one of the most ruthless gangs in The Golden Lords which is headed by it’s ruthless leader Simon Caine (Roy Fegan). Now it’s up to him to save the streets and clean them up for good from the Golden Lords before they figure out his secrets and use it against him. The movie also stars James Earl Jones (The Sandlot) as Earnest Moses, Robert Guillaume (Lean On Me) as Ted Reed, Maria Gibbs (The Jeffersons) as Mrs. Reed, Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother) as Michael, Don Cheadle (Iron Man) as Goldilocks, Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show) as Marvin, Big Daddy Kane as Pirate, Naughty By Nature as The Bloods, Cypress Hill as The Cripps, Sinbad (Jingle All The Way) as Malik, Frank Gorshin (Twelve Monkeys) as Byers The Monster, Cynthia Belgrave (The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three) as Mrs. Harris, Bobby McGee (Harlem Nights) as Uzi, and the film was written and directed by Robert Townsend as well.

meteor_manOne thing I have to say is that I know it received a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes because it is a little bit cheesy, but this movie must of had a  little impact in it’s in hey day. You have to think about how many superhero films back in the day had an African-American male as the lead superhero? Not very many, but the ones I can think of is the 1997 antihero/superhero Spawn and the comedy parody film Blankman that came out in 1994. This film definitely predates the amazing melodramas that we got starting with The X-Men and all the way up through today because the film was campy at times and some of the scenes were cheesy. I definitely think it has a classic story to it of a man getting super powers in order to rise up against the oppression faced in his neighborhood. The casting in this film is actually where it’s at for me because it features a mix of old and the new in African American cinema as a lot of stars of yesteryear (Jones, Cosby, Guillaume, Gibbs, Belgrave) mixed with the new (Cheadle, Griffin, Sinbad, McGee). It was almost like the old were passing the torch to the young bucks to take over Hollywood. I also like the fact that they had rappers Big Daddy Kane, Cypress Hill, and Naughty By Nature included in the film as gang members. Marvel Comics later on would come out with a small miniseries of The Meteor Man, but nothing after that. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.