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Black Sunday Vinyl Classics
Genres: Rap & Hip-Hop, Latin Music
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Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD
Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
turn off the lights, sit back and just listen--awesome!
Erin S. from CHERRY, IL
Reviewed on 8/8/2006...
one of my favorites back in my college days.
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The album that got me into rap
Patrick G. Varine | Georgetown, Delaware | 06/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so the first CD I owned with rapping on it was, technically, C+C Music Factory, but forget that. 'Black Sunday' was the album that truly got me interested in hip-hop. Like every other white boy in America, I heard 'Insane in the Brain' on the radio and was hooked. Luckily, it's just about the worst song on the album.
From the siren-call that opens to the album to the syncopated beat in 'Break 'Em Off Some,' this album just doesn't quit comin' with dusty funk loops, rough-edge beats and hilarious herb references. The Amazon.com reviewer said this album presaged the sound of Dre's 'Chronic,' buuuuut according to Amazon's Web site, 'Chronic' was already out when this dropped in '93, so I'm not sure how they came up with that.
Regardless, I would argue that Muggs' and Dre's styles are not really very similar at all. Dre's sound was a lot more crisp, whereas Muggs opted for a smoky, vinyl-scratchy ambience that really suits the treble tones in B-Real and Sen Dog's voices.
I always make the argument that while 'Temples of Boom' was Muggs' best album in terms of production, 'Black Sunday' is the group's best album overall. I stand by it. A true hip-hop classic."
One of the last gems in an unprogressive genre
Nick Charles | Portland, OR. USA | 10/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the last true Rap ("Gangsta" or otherwise) albums ever made. Let's face it folks, much like Punk Rock, it now exists in name only.
When you spin this album, you hear many layers of sweet sound. Among the finest of the genre, richness and funky goodness was the norm up `til the early to mid `90's when even the once mighty Cypress Hill began to fall into the rut and devolve into boring, two dimensional "Rap". The new motto basically became "Find just one simple hook and play the piss out of it". Long gone are the days when you'd find daring and unique sound on a Rap album. You'd be hard pressed to find merely one or two songs in any of today's "rappers" complete discography (much less their latest album) that would bring to mind anything that the pioneers and the 2nd generation were producing. What you have today are essentially Pop artists in disguise. For Cypress Hill, just dig the unassumingly deep and funky tune that asks "How could I just kill a man?" and then fast forward to the dippy self-parody of "Dr Greenthumb" to understand the contrast. In a way, Cypress Hill's career is a microcosm of what Rap was, and what is called Rap now. Somewhere along the way, Rap, in general, decided to forego effort into creating great sounds you bob your head to, and seemingly focused on trying to wow you with lyricism, which still really isn't that great. The only thing I consider close to Rap these days is Turntablism, which is such a niche sub-genre that it's literally off the map while it also consistently lacks an MC/MC's. I just about guarantee nobody in their right mind will be listening to the "Rap" that's put out today when they're into their 30's and 40's and beyond. At the same time, I know you'll be hearing the likes of A Tribe Called Quest playing in old folks homes 40 years from now.
If you like the current state of "Rap", then more power to you. Taste in music is as subjective as any other art form, if not more. I'm only saying that if you want a history lesson in what once defined the genre, (drug and thug content aside of course) then by all means buy this album. It still holds up as one of the best. Nobody can deny that Louis Freese, Lawrence Muggerud and Senen Reyes are one of, if not THE best vocal combinations ever assembled in one rap group due to their diverse and unique sound. And for their first few albums at least, they had the super-funky beats behind the vocals.