Dare Iz a Darkside

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Dare Iz a Darkside
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Studio album by Redman
Released November 22, 1994
Recorded March 1993 – August 1994
Genre Hip hop
Length 68:37
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: September 29, 1994
  2. "Can't Wait"
    Released: January 1995

Dare Iz a Darkside is the second studio album by American rapper Redman; it was released on November 22, 1994, by Def Jam Recordings. The album debuted at 13 on the US Billboard 200.[1] In January 1995, the album was certified gold[2] by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), exceeding the sales of 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 one of the dark times in his life.[3] The positive reaction to the album stunned Redman, who said "I was doing a lot of drugs on Dare Iz A Darkside. I have chicks that come up to me and say, 'Yo, Dare Iz A Darkside is my favorite fuckin' album, ever.' I swear, I have not played Dare Iz A Darkside damn near since I did it. Seriously! I was so lost, I was so fucked up during that album".[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
RapReviews (9/10)[7]
The Source 4/5 stars[6]
Vibe (favorable)[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.[5] The Source gave it 4 stars. It is considered a cult classic by a section of Redman's fans who believed the album showed Redman at his most cynical and hardcore.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Dr. Trevis"   Reggie Noble 1:37
2. "Bobyahed2dis"   Rockwilder, Reggie Noble 3:24
3. "Journey Throo da Darkside"   Reggie Noble, Erick Sermon 2:26
4. "Da Journee"   Reggie Noble 2:12
5. "A Million and 1 Buddah Spots"   Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble 3:23
6. "Noorotic"   Rockwilder, Reggie Noble 3:32
7. "Boodah Session"   Reggie Noble 3:50
8. "Cosmic Slop" (featuring Erick Sermon & Keith Murray) Reggie Noble, Erick Sermon 2:56
9. "Rockafella (R.I.P.)"   Reggie Noble 0:25
10. "Rockafella"   Reggie Noble 4:44
11. "Green Island"   Reggie Noble 5:42
12. "Basically"   Reggie Noble 2:03
13. "Can't Wait"   Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble 4:13
14. "Winicumuhround"   Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble 4:28
15. "Wuditlooklike"   Reggie Noble 4:09
16. "Slide and Rock On"   Reggie Noble 3:54
17. "Sooperman Luva II"   Reggie Noble 4:50
18. "We Run N.Y." (featuring Hurricane G) Reggie Noble 4:13
19. "Dr. Trevis (Signs Off)"   Reggie Noble 1:39
Total length:
68:37

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994)[1] Peak
position
US Billboard 200 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[8]
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.[9]

  • 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. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 02, 2010 : Search Results - Redman". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Full Clip: Redman Runs Down His Entire Catalogue". interview. vibe.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  4. ^ Paine, Jake. "Redman Revisits "Dare Iz A Darkside" And Talks Gilla House, Saukrates". hiphopdx.com. Cheri Media. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  5. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  6. ^ a b c "Redman - Dare Iz a Darkside CD Album". Muze. CD Universe. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  7. ^ 'Flash' Juon, Steve (2002-03-05). "Redman :: Dare Iz a Darkside :: Def Jam". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  8. ^ "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  9. ^ "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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