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Even in the groundbreaking days of 1992, Redman’s Whut? Thee Album stood out with its blend of extra-deep jazz and funk loops and Red’s expertly outlandish rhyme skills. Still, it wasn’t until Dare Iz a Darkside that Redman really began to explore his stunted, blunted unconscious. Returning for a few songs is Erick Sermon, the co-producer of Red’s debut, but Redman handles the bulk of the production himself. The sound here is slowed-down and subterranean, but even as the atmosphere becomes brain-blitzing and hazy, the album just coaxes you into its mist. The bass seems to probe almost unbearably low frequencies on “Bobyahed2dis,” “Da Journee” and “Cosmic Slop.” If at first this strain of hash-oil hip-hop seems too potent for the uninitiated user, start off with the hypnotic hooks of “Can’t Wait” and “Rockafella,” then proceed to “Green Island,” which dares to mix an infectious Hawaiian slide guitar with a stunningly sloped bassline. Redman is a hip-hop fundamentalist at heart, but at times the dank sound design of this '90s classic seems to push the genre to its limits.

Customer Reviews


There is a dark side, and it's right here in Redman's second album, an inspiring blend of throbbing beats and hungry lyrics. This is the best album by Redman, and one of my favorite albums ever. I first bought this album on tape, and listened to it so much that it got worn out and I had to buy the CD. "Bobyahed2dis" and "Can't Wait" are classics. "Basically" is great. Redman's lyrics are sharp, and this is probably Erick Sermon's best effort in producing beats. I will never become tired of this album. It's another hip hop classic, and Redman at his finest.

pretty much a classic...

Was the Itunes writer/reviewer on serious drugs when he or she wrote this review? What is he or she talking about? The production is a major flaw here? Huh? Dude, do your homework idiot... The production here sounds similar in all of the songs and that is what makes the album flow smoothly. It's the same exact situation on Muddy Waters where a lot of the beats sound the same, but also different. Just like A Tribe Called Quest's "The Love Movement." Seriously, this album is classic and you would be a fool not to buy it!

One of the most underrated albums of the 90's

Believe me, I love Whut Thee Album and Muddy Waters, but this is Redman's best album. Everyone needs to wake up and start putting this on lists... like Wu Tang Forever and Aquemeni, it was way ahead of its time.


Born: April 17, 1970 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Never quite a superstar, Redman was nonetheless one of the most off-the-wall, beloved, and enduring rappers of the '90s and 2000s. Born Reginald Noble in Newark, NJ, he made his initial impact on EPMD's 1990 album Business as Usual and stepped out as a solo artist with 1992's Whut? Thee Album, one of the year's best debuts, rap or otherwise. He blended reggae and funk influences with topical commentary and displayed a terse though fluid vocal style that was sometimes satirical, sometimes silly, and...
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