Flashback Friday: Cypress Hill and Boogie Down Productions

Praise the Lord it’s Friday.

Oh my bad, that’s supposed to be Thank God It’s Friday. Whatever, you get the deal.

This week, let’s look at a couple of hip-hop classics that tend to go unnoticed these days. You can’t call yourself a true head without hearing both of these from beginning to end.

black sunday

Cypress Hill, Black Sunday (1993)

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t much of a Cypress fan during their heyday but I’ve appreciated their sound much more in recent years. Hate ’em or love ’em, NO ONE had the sound or energy that Cypress brought to the masses. This was one of the albums that helped the West Coast reign as rap’s kingpins in the early ’90s.

Also check out:

“I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”

“Break ‘Em Off Some”

criminal minded

Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded (1987)

Unquestionably one of the most influential rap albums of all time, BDP was one of the first groups that married both the harsh realities of the streets with a revolutionary spirit. Life was hard and they were more than ready to fight the system. It paved the way for a generation of rap revolutionaries.

Also check out:

“South Bronx”

“9mm Goes Bang”

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.

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