The Darkside Vol. 1

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The Darkside Vol. 1
Studio album by Fat Joe
Released July 27, 2010[1]
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Hip hop, hardcore hip hop[2]
Length 49:11
Label Terror Squad, E1
Producer Cool & Dre (also exec.), Macho TS exec., Zeferiah (also exec.), DJ Premier, I.F.O., Infamous, Just Blaze, Raw Uncut, Rico Love, Scram Jones, Scoop DeVille, Streetrunner
Fat Joe chronology
Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2)
(2009)Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2)2009
The Darkside Vol. 1
The Darkside Vol. 2
(2011)The Darkside Vol. 22011
Singles from The Darkside Vol. 1
  1. "(Ha Ha) Slow Down"
    Released: April 13, 2010
  2. "If It Ain't About Money"
    Released: June 30, 2010

The Darkside Vol. 1 is the tenth solo studio album by American rapper Fat Joe. The album was released July 27, 2010 by Terror Squad Entertainment and E1 Music. Production was provided by Cool & Dre, Streetrunner, DJ Infamous, Just Blaze, Scram Jones, DJ Premier, Raw Uncut, and Scoop DeVille, among others. Guest appearances came from Trey Songz, Too Short, R. Kelly, Cam'ron, Clipse, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy.[3]


The album was announced in January 2010 by Fat Joe saying that "he was working on a new album, The Darkside: Volume 1". MTV News reported that Fat Joe intended "all the be much harsher" than his previous album. On March 28, 2010, Fat Joe signed a record deal with E1 Music and announced that he would release The Darkside Vol. 1 through the label in July.[4] Fat Joe stated The Darkside Vol. 1 is all about: showin' the world that I'm a legend, and just furtherin' the legacy."[2] Fat Joe stated that he returned to his hardcore hip hop roots and considers this album to be a classic.[2]


The first single from The Darkside is "(Ha Ha) Slow Down", which features rapper Young Jeezy. The song peaked at number 54 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[citation needed] and number 23 on their Rap Songs chart.[5][not in citation given] The second single from The Darkside is "If It Ain't About Money" featuring Trey Songz.[6] The song charted on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at 57,[7] and also charted at 25 on the Rap Songs chart.[8]


Commercial performance[edit]

The Darkside Vol. 1 appeared on several U.S. charts, debuting at number 27 on the Billboard 200, with approximately 12,300 units sold in the first week.[9] It also reached number nine on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number seven on Top Rap Albums, and made it to number two among the Independent Albums.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 8/10[11]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
DJBooth 3.5/5 stars[13]
Entertainment Weekly B+[14]
Now 2/5 stars[15]
The Phoenix 2.5/4 stars[16]
RapReviews 7/10[17]
Spin 7/10[18]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[19]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[20]

The Darkside Vol. 1 received positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, the album has a score of 70 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Allmusic gave it 3½ out of 5 stars, stating "instead of sounding uninspired on topics he's visited, revisited, and then some, he sounds on fire, as if this were his grand debut."[12] HipHopDX gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, praising its "Hardcore lyricism backed by the conviction that has been lacking since the '90s," also calling it his "best-produced album in over a decade."[21] RapReviews gave it a 7/10 rating, writing "Reputation now restored, Joe finds himself comfortably back in the role of narrator to the streets."[17] ThaCorner gave it 3½ out of 5 stars, noting "at the end of the thirteen track album you'll find that Joe impresses more with his skill to put together a hot album than his actual skills as a rapper."[22]

Track listing[edit]

This complete track list was published by Amazon.[23]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Scram Jones 2:24
2. "Valley of Death" Cool & Dre, Zeferiah 3:39
3. "I Am Crack" Just Blaze 3:43
4. "Kilo" (featuring Clipse & Cam'ron) Infamous, Laurent "Slick" Cohen (co.) 4:01
5. "Rappers Are in Danger" Infamous 3:16
6. "(Ha Ha) Slow Down" (featuring Young Jeezy) Scoop DeVille 3:25
7. "If It Ain't About Money" (featuring Trey Songz) Cool & Dre, Zeferiah 3:53
8. "No Problems" (featuring Rico Love) Scoop DeVille 2:57
9. "How Did We Get Here" (featuring R. Kelly) Raw Uncut 4:20
10. "Money Over Bitches" (featuring Too Short & TA) Raw Uncut 3:59
11. "Heavenly Father" (featuring Lil Wayne) Streetrunner, I.L.O. (add.) 4:05
12. "I'm Gone" DJ Premier 6:21
13. "At Last Supremacy" (featuring Busta Rhymes) (Bonus Track) Cool & Dre, Zeferiah 3:54
Sample credits
  • "Intro" – Contains a sample of "Just a Memory" by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Clipse
  • "Valley of Death" – Contains a sample of "Do I Stand a Chance" by The Montclairs
  • "Kilo" – Contains a sample of "I Weigh With Kilos" by Jimmy Van & Richard Hieronymus
  • "Rappers Are in Danger" – Contains a sample of "Time's Up" by O.C.
  • "(Ha Ha) Slow Down" – Contains a sample of "Back to Life (A cappella)" by Soul II Soul
  • "No Problems" – Contains samples of "Flash's Theme" by Queen[24] and "Terminator X to the Edge of Panic" by Public Enemy
  • "Heavenly Father" – Contains a sample of "Pray to the Lord" by Lil Wayne

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[25] 27
U.S. Top Independent Albums[25] 2
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[25] 9
U.S. Top Rap Albums[25] 7


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  19. ^ Jones, Steve (July 27, 2010). "Throwback Gangster". USA Today. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  20. ^ Blanco, Alvin. X-Rated: The Darkside Vol. 1 (September 2010 ed.). XXL. p. 146. 
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  24. ^'s%20Theme/. Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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