The year Bill Clinton occupied the White House happened to be a breakthrough year for cannabis-themed music. Artists as musically diverse as 311, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Datura, Ween, KRS-One and Mista Grimm all dropped lit tunes in 1993, but the year truly belonged to Cypress Hill. In addition to recording "I Love You Mary Jane" with Sonic Youth for the Judgment Night soundtrack, the Los Angeles-based trio owned the year with its breakthrough album, Black Sunday, which came out 25 years ago today.
The multi-platinum album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and set new sales records for a rap group, and its signature hit "Insane in the Brain" (a remix of which is featured above) became a crossover hit. Black Sunday also lit up the speakers with tracks like "Hits from the Bong" and "I Wanna Get High," while "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" appeared in a trailer for the Netflix series Narcos. The album helped make cannabis cool again in the pop-culture mainstream, and artists quickly followed Cypress Hill's lead in the years that followed.
Cypress Hill's first new album in eight years, Elephants on Acids, is slated to drop this fall.