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