Picks and Pans Review: Black Sunday
updated 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
B-Real, the lead rapper for L.A.'s Cypress Hill, has an adenoidal squall that makes him sound as if he has overdosed on helium, but his cartoonish delivery has served him well. Cypress' self-titled first album burst out of nowhere to become one of 1992's biggest-selling rap offerings. The trio (B-Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs) laid loopy, stoned, bilingual commentary on top of bass in-yo'-face beats, masterminded by producer Muggs. Their pea-soup groove, combined with a what-me-worry attitude toward their favorite subject, pot, and a gangsta-lite touch made Cypress the rappers du jour among both home and frat boys.
Why tinker with a winning formula? On this chart-topping album, Cypress offers more of the same good, funky thing. Once again they touch upon their favorite hobbies, loading up the pipe and the shotgun—although, as B-Real points out in "Hand on the Glock" (a virtual remake of '92's "Hand on the Pump"), Cypress has graduated to automatic weapons. Sure, Black Sunday is almost a Xerox of the first record, but considering how much herb these guys smoke, it's possible they forgot they did the songs before. (Ruffhouse/Columbia)