On this day, November 22, in hip-hop history…
1994: On his 1992 debut, Whut? Thee Album, Redman established himself as one of hip-hop’s best (and also strangest) MCs. Red’s brand of hilarious tongue-twisting rhymes and nuclear-grade atomic funk made him a burgeoning star in hip-hop. Dare Iz A Darkside, Red’s sophomore album, is every bit as weird and darkly funky as his debut, pushing the boundaries of sheer grime in hip-hop.
Clearly inspired by the music of Funk legend George Clinton – the cover is even a clever re-creation of Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain - Redman concocts a witches’ brew of P-Funk samples, weed smoke and cosmic slop for the listener to nod their head, too. Produced primarily by Redman himself and his Def Squad cohort Erick Sermon, songs such as “A Million And 1 Buddah Smoke,” “Bobyahed2dis” and “Da Journee” feel caked in a layer of mud and can still rock a house party from California to Jersey to this day.
Dare Iz A Darkside continued Redman’s commercial winning streak landing at the New Jersey Rapper his second Gold plaque from the RIAA. More than mere commercial success, Redman re-affirmed his position as one of hip-hop’s great after the album’s release. Dare Iz A Darkside remains one of Redman’s greatest albums and one of the best rap albums ever produced.