Dead Serious
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Studio album by Das EFX


April 7, 1992


February 1991 - January 1992


Firehouse Studios
(Brooklyn, NY)
North Shore Soundworks
(Long Island, NY)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop




East West


Das EFX, Dexx, EPMD (exec.), Solid Scheme

Das EFX chronology


Straight Up Sewaside (1993)

Dead Serious is the debut album by American hip hop duo Das EFX, released in April 7, 1992 on East West Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Firehouse Studios in Brooklyn, New York and North Shore Soundworks in Long Island, New York. It was promoted with the release of three singles: "They Want EFX", "Mic Checka" and "Straight Out the Sewer".

The album was a certified hit, peaking at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, topping the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for five weeks and reaching platinum sales by 1993. Well-received upon its release, Dead Serious has since been regarded by music writers as a significant and influential album in hip hop, especially due to the unique rapping style displayed by rappers Skoob and Krazy Drayz on the album.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs performed by Skoob and Krazy Drayz.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Mic Checka" Solid Scheme 4:54
2. "Jussummen" Solid Scheme 3:29
3. "They Want EFX" Das EFX 3:39
4. "Looseys" Solid Scheme 2:50
5. "Dum Dums" Solid Scheme 3:50
6. "East Coast" Solid Scheme 4:29
7. "If Only" Solid Scheme 4:02
8. "Brooklyn to T-Neck" Solid Scheme 4:01
9. "Klap Ya Handz" Dexx 4:07
10. "Straight Out the Sewer" Solid Scheme 3:22

Samples[edit | edit source]

Mic Checka

  • "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps
  • "Think 73'" by James Brown


They Want EFX

  • "Blind Man Can See It" by James Brown
  • "Buffalo Gals" Malcolm McLaren


  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown
  • "Hip Hug-Her" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
  • "Hoedown" by Special Ed

Dum Dums

  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey
  • "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)" by Otis Redding

East Coast

  • "Ike's Mood I" by Isaac Hayes
  • "UFO" by ESG

If Only

  • "The Breakdown (Part II)" by Rufus Thomas
  • "The Man With the Sad Face" by Stanley Turrentine

Brooklyn to T-Neck

  • "Papa Was Too" by Joe Tex
  • "Humpin'" by Bar-Kays

Klap Ya Handz

  • "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
  • "Handclapping Song" by The Meters
  • "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier

Straight Out the Sewer

  • "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps
  • "She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)" by Carl Carlton
  • "Funkin' for Fun" by Parliament
  • "Vapors" by Biz Markie
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