Dare Iz a Darkside
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Studio album by Redman


November 22, 1994


March 1993 - July 1994


Rockin' Reel Studios
(Northport, NY)
Music Palace and Echo Sound Studio
(New York City, NY)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop




Def Jam Recordings


Reggie Noble, Rockwilder, Erick Sermon (also exec.)

Redman chronology


Whut? Thee Album (1992)


Muddy Waters (1996)

Dare Iz a Darkside is the second album by American rapper Redman, released in November 22, 1994 on Def Jam Recordings. The album was primarily produced by Redman under his real name Reggie Noble, and features contributions by Erick Sermon and Rockwilder. Guest appearances are made by Redman's fellow Def Squad members Erick Sermon and Keith Murray, and former Hit Squad member Hurricane G. Redman displays a more eccentric personality on this album, so much so that one reviewer states that he may have alienated fans of his earlier work with EPMD.[1]

The album cover features Redman buried in the group up to his neck as a homage to the cover of Funkadelic's 1971 album Maggot Brain. In addition, "Cosmic Slop" shares its name with a 1973 Funkadelic album. Redman has not performed any songs from this album in recent years because it was made during a dark period of his life.

The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200, and #13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It was certified Gold in January 1995 for selling 500,000 copies in the United States. The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

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 may have alienated fans of his earlier work with EPMD. Redman's eccentric personality on Darkside in particular hough when checking the production credits, Erick Sermon is only listed as an executive producer. He was executive producer for 5 of the albums' 16 actual tracks, not including skits. In reality, it was Reggie Noble who handled lead production of the album. 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 | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Dr. Trevis" - Noble Reggie Noble 2:09
2. "Bobyahed2dis" Redman Clinton, Noble, Shider, Spradley, Stewart, Stinson Reggie Noble, Rockwilder 3:23
3. "Journey Throo da Darkside" Redman Noble, Sermon, Whitfield Reggie Noble, Erick Sermon (co.) 2:27
4. "Da Journee" - Noble Reggie Noble 0:31
5. "A Million and 1 Buddah Spots" Redman Noble, Sermon Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble (co.) 1:41
6. "Noorotic" Redman Noble, Stinson Rockwilder, Reggie Noble (co.) 3:00
7. "Boodah Session" - Noble Reggie Noble 0:23
8. "Cosmic Slop" Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray Murray, Noble, Sermon Reggie Noble, Erick Sermon (co.) 3:32
9. "Rockafella (R.I.P.)" - Noble, Sermon Reggie Noble 0:27
10. "Rockafella" Redman Clinton, Collins, Haywood, Noble, Worrell Reggie Noble 5:08
11. "Green Island" Redman Anderson, Noble, Stillman Reggie Noble 5:42
12. "Basically" - Noble - 2:03
13. "Can't Wait" Redman Hardy, James, Noble, Sermon Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble (co.) 4:13
14. "Winicumuhround" Redman Clinton, Noble, Sermon, Shider, Spradley Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble (co.) 4:28
15. "Wuditlooklike" Redman Noble Reggie Noble 3:20
16. "Slide and Rock On" Redman Clinton, Mason, Noble, Shider, Spradley, Telson Reggie Noble 3:54
17. "Sooperman Part II" Redman Clinton, Mason, Noble, Shider, Spradley, Telson Reggie Noble 3:54
18. "We Run N.Y." Redman, Hurricane G Burdon, Chandler, LeMay, Lomax, Noble, Parker, Rodriguez Reggie Noble 4:13
19. "Dr. Trevis (Signs Off)" - Noble Reggie Noble 1:44

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Information taken from AllMusic.

  • 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

References[edit | edit source]

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