|"Insane in the Brain"|
|Single by Cypress Hill|
|from the album Black Sunday|
|Released||June 22, 1993|
|Cypress Hill singles chronology|
"Insane in the Brain" is a 1993 single by the American hip hop group Cypress Hill. In addition to hitting number one on the US rap chart, the song also was a mainstream hit, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. It earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America and sold 600,000 copies domestically. The song was released on the group's Black Sunday album.
The song is built around many samples: a repeating sample of a horse from Mel and Tim's "Good Guys Only Win in Movies"; a drum break from organist George Semper's cover version of Lee Dorsey's "Get Out of My Life, Woman"; a sample of James Brown grunting from the opening of his song "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud"; a sample of the line "insane in the brain" from Cypress Hill's own song "Hole in the Head"; the opening keyboard from Sly & the Family Stone's "Life" and a sample of the line "I think I'm going crazy" from The Youngbloods' "All Over the World (La La)," which concludes the track. In 2008, it was ranked number 34 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
According to a live interview aired on Double J during a feature of the Black Sunday album,  "insane in the membrane" was a localised gang term used at the time by the Crips when doing something crazy. It was then appropriated into this song. A 2019 interview with the British newspaper The Guardian elaborated further that both Bloods and Crips used a similar phrase as an informal insanity plea upon arrest. The Double-J interview also notes that B-Real was a member of the Bloods.
Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "One of the hip-hop community's leading acts returns with a slammin' romp. Resting on a beat-bed of loopy samples and nimble scratches, act drops rhymes that are even sharper than on previous efforts. A head-bobbin' midtempo groove leads them into a brain-embedding hook that will help knock down urban and pop radio doors."
A music video for the track was filmed at San Francisco's DNA Lounge. The video, featuring the group performing at what appears to be a rave, makes heavy use of strobing effects and "psychedelic" colorations, alongside numerous shots of marijuana usage, all of which seemingly corresponds with the album's drug-filled recording process, as described by the group.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||19|
|U.S. Hot Rap Songs||14|
|U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||24|
|Year End Charts (1993)||Official|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||65|