Dare Iz a Darkside

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Dare Iz a Darkside
Studio album by Redman
Released November 22, 1994
Recorded March 1993-September 1994
Genre Hip hop
Length 64:03
Label Def Jam
Producer Erick Sermon (exec.), Reggie Noble, Rockwilder
Redman chronology
Whut? Thee Album
(1992)
Dare Iz a Darkside
(1994)
Muddy Waters
(1996)
Singles from Dare Iz a Darkside
  1. "Rockafella"
    Released: November 1, 1994
  2. "Can't Wait"
    Released: January 1995

Dare Iz a Darkside is the second studio album from American hip hop artist Redman, released November 22, 1994 on Def Jam Recordings.

The album peaked at thirteen on the Billboard 200 chart. By January 1995, it was certified gold in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the United States.

The album cover features Redman buried in the ground up to his neck, a reference to the cover of Funkadelic's 1971 album Maggot Brain. In addition, the song "Cosmic Slop" shares its name with a 1973 Funkadelic album.

In 2010, Redman told Vibe Magazine that he never performed any songs from Dare Iz A Darkside in recent years primarily due to the album being made during a dark time in his life.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
RapReviews (9/10)[4]
The Source 4/5 stars[3]
Vibe (favorable)[3]

The album peaked at thirteen on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the top spot on the R&B Albums chart.[5] By January 1995 the album was certified gold.[6]

Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic gave the album a mixed review, remarking that producer Erick Sermon, who plays a large role in the production of the album, "isn't up to his usual standards here." Birchmeier also noted Redman's eccentric personality on Darkside in particular may have alienated fans of his earlier work with EPMD.[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Samples Time
1 ”Dr. Trevis" Redman Reggie Noble 1:37
2 ”Bobyahed2dis" Redman Rockwilder,
Reggie Noble
3:24
3 ”Journey Throo da Darkside" Redman Reggie Noble,
Erick Sermon
2:26
4 ”Da Journee" Redman Reggie Noble 2:12
5 "A Million and 1 Buddah Spots" Redman Erick Sermon,
Reggie Noble
3:23
6 ”Noorotic" Redman Rockwilder,
Reggie Noble
3:32
7 ”Boodah Session" Redman Reggie Noble 3:50
8 ”Cosmic Slop" Redman,
Erick Sermon,
Keith Murray
Reggie Noble,
Erick Sermon
2:56
9 ”Rockafella (R.I.P.)" Rockafella Reggie Noble 0:25
10 "Rockafella" Redman Reggie Noble 4:44
11 ”Green Island" Redman Reggie Noble
  • "The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai" by The Mauna Loa Islanders
5:42
12 ”Basically" Redman Reggie Noble 2:03
13 "Can't Wait" Redman Erick Sermon,
Reggie Noble
4:13
14 "Winicumuhround" Redman Erick Sermon,
Reggie Noble
4:28
15 "Wuditlooklike" Redman Reggie Noble 4:09
16 "Slide and Rock On" Redman Reggie Noble 3:54
17 "Sooperman Luva II" Redman Reggie Noble 4:50
18 "We Run N.Y." Redman,
Hurricane G
Reggie Noble 4:13
19 "Dr. Trevis (Signs Off)" Redman Reggie Noble 1:39
20 "Tonight's da Night (Remix)" Redman Reggie Noble 3:50

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994)[5] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. R&B Albums 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles
1994 "Rockafella" 3 62 10
1995 "Can't Wait" 94 5 61 11

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[8]

  • Engineering – Mike Bona, Bob Fudjinski, Dave Greenberg, Bob Morse
  • Executive Production – Erick Sermon
  • Mastering – Tony Dawsey
  • Mixing – Bob Fudjinski, Dave Greenberg, Bob Morse
  • Narration – Jeff Stewart
  • Performing – Hurricane G, Keith Murray, Erick Sermon
  • Photography – Danny Clinch
  • Production – Reggie Noble, Erick Sermon
  • Sequencing – Reggie Noble, Jeff Trotter
  • Vocals – Reggie Noble, Erick Sermon

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Full Clip: Redman Runs Down His Entire Catalogue". interview. vibe.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "Redman - Dare Iz a Darkside CD Album". Muze. CD Universe. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ 'Flash' Juon, Steve (2002-03-05). "Redman :: Dare Iz a Darkside :: Def Jam". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  5. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  6. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 02, 2010 : Search Results - Redman". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  8. ^ "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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