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Cypress Hill Celebrates the 20th anniversary of “Black Sunday”



When put out “Black Sunday” out into the world we had no idea the impact that it would have. Our first album took some time to catch heat but once it did, it built up such momentum that RuffHouse and Sony Music realized that we were on the brink of doing something big.

We were on tour rockin the “Cypress Hill’ self titled album, when RuffHouse and Sony asked us to come off tour and start recording another album. The gave us a short deadline to deliver this album but they had reason for it and fortunately we wer open minded enough to consider what they asked of us. We immediately hit the studio upon their request and begun to record “Ghost Riders”. This was the original title of “Black Sunday. There was even a title track, but as we kept working the vibe changed.

The first recordings were done in LA at Amerycan studios which was our home for a good number of years. Many classic albums had been produced there and we loved the vibe. The problem with recording at Amerycan was that everyone knew where we had been recording and would drop by unannounced. We felt this would be an ongoing distraction in our recording process so Muggs came up with the suggestion to move the recording sessions to NYC. He made arrangements for us to record at one of the most sought out studios by any hip hop artist at the time (Baby Monster Studio).

Recording this album was an interesting process because we didn’t have alot of time due to our deadline but here we were recording in the mecca of hip hop music (NYC). Where most of our hip hop idols were from, and some of the groups that would become family to us in the course of the years where from. The vibe was incredible! Muggs clocked an apartment up in Queens NY where he is originally from and he set up pre-production there. We put the basic ideas down in the apartment and take that to the studio and build on them. I learned a lot about NYC in those months we spents recording.. Met some of my idols, and future icons in the game and soaked up the culture known as hip hop while i was there the whole time.

It was a cold time in NYC, the snow was coming down and for a cali boy it took some getting used to living and driving in those conditionS but i adapted and made it my second home. The experience of being in the birth place of hip hop and being around all the inspirational elements helped me to settle in and come with a different creative flow than what we would have done at home. It allowed me a different sort of creative freedom. Having a chance to hear what was popping in NY at the time gave us an advantage that most west coast groups didn’t have. Nyc embraced us and we felt it during the time we were out there. So much love and we would never forget those who were showing us that love.

At the starting point I wrote “Hits from the bong” to the classic Dusty Springfield joint “Son of a preacher man” that would be come a classic song for us. all the other songs just seem to flow one right after another with exception to “Han on the glock” and “A to the K”. initially “Hand on the glock” was a remix for “hand on the pump”. We felt the song was too strong to let it fade on a remix so we added it on the the album. With “A to the K” we did that for the “White men can’t jump”. We again thought we should put this one unto the album and so we did. They worked in the scheme of what we were doing. that’s when the land scape changed and the title “Black Sunday” took form.

Muggs thought we should get a track from a producer by the name of T-Ray that a lot of people in the hip hop world started to talk about. T-Ray like Muggs was sick producer and for a short time was part of the Soul Assassins. He gave us 2 bangers but we ended up using one. They were both great songs but we could only use 1. I wish i could have talked T into giving that as a bonus but the situation was tricky. The track T-Ray produced would be the one of the last 2 songs we recorded and would end up being the finisher track on the album. This track is known as “we ain’t goin out like that”. Side note on “we ain’t going out” the vocals you hear on this song and only this song for this album we recorded while Sen Dog and I are peeked out in mushrooms. Bad influence I know but i had to be truthful.

At the end of the recording process we put together the order of the songs, popped some shrooms, turned down the lights, and listen to what we had recorded. The order of songs we listened to that night is what became the “Black Sunday” album. We were blasted out of our mind and it sounded great!!! The real test was playing the next day when we were sobered up. We took a listen and we all agreed that this was the order to go with.

After we turned in this album to RuffHouse & Sony, they suggested that we put out “Insane in the Brain” as the first single and I thought they were crazy, but the were adamant about it. So we took the chance in trusting their choice and our lives would never be the same.

We made hip hop history in the course of putting out this album with our billboard chartings of “Black Sunday” & “Cypress Hill” self titled in the top 10 of the top 200 on the Billboard charts with “Black Sunday” debuting at number 1. All this can be looked up so I wont go too deep.. But I do want to say on the behalf of Cypress Hill, thank you to all our fans, friends and family and the people who helped us make this happen along the way. We thank you and we continue rockin on.