I’m not afraid to say that I used to like this song, and I’m not even afraid to say that I still kinda do.
Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain
But even if you don’t share my sentiments, you can’t argue that they weren’t significant to 90s rap culture. They were the first Latino rap group to have a platinum album, and the first rap group of any ethnicity to have two albums in the Billboard Top 200 at the same time. They toured with Rage Against the Machine, they played at Woodstock ’94, they headlined at Lollapalooza, they were huge. This song is definitely their most well-known song to this day, and is almost immediately recognizable by that unique high-pitched squeal on the fourth beat of pretty much every measure. That one sample is probably one of the most instantly recognizable sounds ever used in music; once you’re familiar with it, you could hear that one second of audio by itself and immediately know what song it’s from without a single doubt in your mind. The video for House of Pain‘s “Jump Around“, which, like “Insane in the Brain“, was also produced by DJ Muggs and contains the same squeal, would lead you to believe that the sound originated from the bagpipes of some chubby white kid at a St. Patrick’s Day parade, but actually, it has an even more surprising source.
Mel & Tim – Good Guys Only Win in the Movies
How many kids in the 90s went nuts at house parties to this song not having the slightest clue that they were gettin’ crazy to a looped sample of a horse whinnying? I mean I guess George Semper’s drummer had a little bit to do with it too, but still, this was not what I expected to be the source of that iconic sound.