Posts Tagged ‘Ultramagnetic MCs’

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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the fat of the landI am going a little outside the box this week for the album of the week post, but there is a reason behind my madness as you will undoubtedly see. I was a bar/restaurant when I recognized a song from a electronic dance music band from back in the 90’s and I instantly felt nostalgic. The DJ at the bar threw on Firestarter by English big beat/electronic… band Prodigy and I instantly knew what album I wanted to cover for today. Along with bands like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Prodigy helped pioneer the big beat genre (because it sounded similar to Acid House music) that everyone grew to love in the mid to late 90’s here in the states. The band mixed the big beat with electronic rock and punk sounds to create their iconic sound which was eaten up by kids here that loved Industrial music and techno music. The group at the time of the release of The Fat Of The Land which I am covering today was made up of Keith Flint (Vocals), Liam Howlett (Keyboards, synthesizers, sampling, programming), and Maxim Reality (Vocals). The album supposedly also features Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam/Soundgarden on it as well. The album peaked at both number one in the UK and the US Billboard Top 200 charts making it a huge success for the group as it eventually went 2X platinum in the states.

1. Smack My Bitch Up– This was one of the most controversial songs on the record because critics often called it Misogynistic in nature due to the title of the song being repeated throughout the track. The track features a bunch of samples from various artists like Rage Against The Machine (Bulls On Parade) and it even features the rap from Kool Keith in the Ultramagnetic MCs song Give The Drummer Some. 5/5

the_prodigy_-_the_fat_of_the_land_-_cd2. Breathe– This is such an iconic track from the album that has been featured in countless movies just because of the beat in the track. The song has that Industrial sound to it that was hit all around the world. 5/5

3. Diesel Power– This is a electronic dance track with a hip hop flare to it as Kool Keith raps over the track. 4/5

4. Funky Shit– The track features vocals sampled from Root Down by the Beastie Boys while the horn you’ll hear is from the Theme From S.W.A.T. track from Rhythm Heritage, and it also features samples from 2, 3, Break by The B-Boys. 4/5

5. Serial Thrilla– This track is pretty cool as it samples Smells Like Teen Spirit from Nirvana with Selling Jesus by Skunk Anansie with Keith Flint on vocals. 4/5

6. Mindfields– The main riff of the track is sampled from the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun as they use John Barry’s Hip’s Trip. 4/5

The_Prodigy-The_Fat_Of_The_Land_Japan-Back-7. Narayan– This is a pretty good electronic dance track that features Crispian Mills on vocals. 4/5

8. Firestarter– Another famous track off the album that samples the track S.O.S. by The Breeders as well as Close (To The Edit) by Art Of Noise.The track also showcases Flint’s punky vocal style which became iconic of the group. 5/5

9. Climbatize– The main riff of the track is from The Horn Track by Egyptian Empire and it also features the main drum loop from Air Drums from Outer Bongolia by The Jedi Knights. There is some controversy that surrounds this track because Prodigy didn’t get permission to use the drum loop so The Jedi Knights threatened to sue the band. The band’s label found out that The Jedi Knights used the drum loop from another band without permission so the label bought the rights to the Incredible Bongo Band track and turned around and threatened to sue The Jedi Knights. George Lucas found out about this and he threatened to sue The Jedi Knights for stealing the name he created. 4/5

10. Fuel My Fire– This is Prodigy’s cover of the L7 track that features Saffron on vocals and Gizz Butt on Guitar. 4/5

My Final Thoughts- These guys were definitely pioneers of their time as they brought this type of music to the forefront of the pop charts. Much like today’s EDM movement, they took over the charts at the time. This is a great album tat if you’re looking to get into this stuff, start here. I am giving the album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.