Posts Tagged ‘The Wizard’

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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Black_Sabbath-Black_Sabbath-FrontalAs I had stated before, for the entire month of October every post is horror or Halloween related to help celebrate this awesome month. To kick off this year’s fun, we are looking at the album that would change the music world forever. I am talking about the self titled debut album from the Godfathers of Heavy Metal Black Sabbath. The band released the album on February 13, 1970 in the UK and on June 1, 1970 in the states via their label Vertigo Records. The band which was made up of Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass), and Bill Ward (Drums) were about to change the world even though the record was poorly received by critics at the time. The band’s music was slow and dark that it felt like doom through your speakers and the album cover alone was scary at the time. According to the band’s fearless leader Tony Iommi the album was recorded in one single day and he adds, “We just went in the studio and did it in a day, we played our live set and that was it. We actually thought a whole day was quite a long time, then off we went the next day to play for £20 in Switzerland.” The album cover features a depiction of the Mapledurham Watermill on the River Thimes in Oxfordshire with a woman dressed in black. Iommi has claimed that the band once knew who the woman was, but they couldn’t remember her name and that she had even showed up to a show once.

backThe album starts off with the eerie title track Black Sabbath which starts with some rainfall and a church bell before the infamous Diminished fifth/augmented fourth note known as Diablous In Musica which is said to be satanic. The lyrics are related to an experience Geezer Butler had after getting a book about witchcraft from Ozzy. Apparently, he had placed the book at the side of his bed before he went to sleep. When he had awoken, he said he saw a black figure standing at the end of his bed and it disappeared and the book was gone as well. The Wizard starts with the famous harmonica beginning by Ozzy which is said to be about a wizard who encourages people, but it could also be about their drug dealer. Behind The Wall Of Sleep is an amazing heavy blues track that is based on the Beyond The Wall Of Sleep story by H.P. Lovecraft and the song is a great build up to the next track on the record. N.I.B. has one of the coolest bass riffs from one of metal’s greatest bassist Geezer Butler who uses a wah wah pedal in the beginning before it kicks off with some real chunky riffs. The song is said to be about the devil falling in love and changing himself to become a good person, but Geezer claims the title isn’t what you think it is. The United States translated the title to mean Nativity In Black, but Geezer claims that he couldn’t think of a title to the song he penned, so he named it after Bill Ward’s beard which they called Nib, but he added the periods to bring more intrigue to the track.

SabsEvil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me) is the band covering the famous Crow track and Sabbath makes the song totally bad ass. Sleeping Village is another track on the record that is eerie and slow with clean guitars that make you feel as if you’re not safe before the band kicks up the volume and jams out with some of the shortest lyrics I think the band has ever written. It’s truly just the band showing their musical prowess and that they were just as good as any blues musician out there. Warning is the band’s 10 minute epic cover of The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation track showing how the English truly loved the blues. The band is truly at top of their game on this track from the musicianship to Ozzy’s vocals which are impressive and the song features some epic jamming and guitar solos. Wicked World was issued on the North American version of the album that came out and it was a bonus track on the UK edition. The song starts with some more epic jamming from the band and the song’s lyrics are ahead of it’s time as it talks about a world where people don’t care to help one another. This is definitely an album that made one hell of an impact on the world of metal creating genres like doom metal, etc. I am giving this album 4.1 stars out of five for a final grade