You are now about to embark on a unique adventure where time, sound, and reality all have different meaning. No you won’t be hanging with Pee-Wee Herman money, your guide for this ride is none other than Reggie Noble BKA Redman, and the place with all the bass just happens to be The Dark Side. There’s no need to go into how Redman came on the scene housin’ $%&! right ? What! Your memory is failing you? Don’t ask somebody, I’m about to school ya. After years tearing it out the frame doing classic freestyles across the Tri-state area, Redman burst out upon the Hip-Hop scene in 1991 by catching wreck with his gift of vocab on the EPMD tracks “Hardcore and “Brothers On My Jock.”
Soon after he gained more props by releasing his first funky single “Blow Your Mind” off the now Gold debut album “Whut? Thee Album.” It contained gem tracks such as “Time 4 some Akshun” and “Tonight’s The Night.” Besides that, Redman was also a powerful force in The Hit Squad, a crew in Hip-Hop so revered any mention of the name brought instant respect.But that was two years ago, and a lot has happened in between. In 1993 Redman was voted by The Source as the top rap artist of the year. And Now Redman returns to reveal “Dare Is A Dark Side”, his highly anticipated follow-up on Def Jam Recordings.
The title for the new platter came easily as the mc has gone through a barrage of stress, trials and tribulations career wise, in addition to the everyday struggle of maintaining out in society. After a quick trip to the corner store for a couple of phillips, he broke it down to me, “My meaning of the dark side is deep and real. All that shit I was GOING thou, I was like “This don’t make sense.” So you know what? I may just let shit go on this album to the dark side. Everybody’s got a dark side, but they don’t let it come out by pretending and grinning up in your face, and when they get home, they’re on a whole different note. It wasn’t about no gimmick. It’s strictly real. The shit is dark but it’s still funky.”
Ah yes, the funk. That word combined with Redman go together like rice and beans. “Dare Is A Dark Side” packs the same quality head-noddin’ funk the Hip-Hop nation came to love about “Whut…”, but it also contains if possible a heavier bottom groove on 17 tracks. For example the first single, “Rockafella” contains hypnotizing bassline that symbolizes traditional east coast funk, cleverly merged with snippets of samples that will undoubtedly bring mad love from the west. “Rockafella” is also a personal special jam as it’s dedicated to his man Rockafella, who was tragically gunned down just before the process of Redman putting him on. Redman states, “He had mad songs and he gave ’em to me because I was trying to let people hear him and stuff.
So I was like fuck it, I can’t do nothing but let the world hear him (on the intro). The track “Cosmic Slop” features Redman gettin’ biz with his present Def Squad family members Keith Murray and Erick Sermon the only way they know how. “Can’t Wait” is a padlock to be a favorite in the rides as it carries the same vein of the previous butter track “Tonight”‘s The Night.” The joint “Green Island” finds Reggie Noble flippin’ lyrics over a Caribbean -type beat to be believed. Other dope tracks such as “Da Game” and “Slide And Rock On” spotlights Redman doing what he does best, rhyming his ass of while even more importantly, showing us his captivating personality that gets heads open. Not too many mc’s can lift the choruses from “Hey D.J.” and a Prince jam, and in a comedic fashion, flip them, and be talking about blunts, But the treats don’t end there.
The funkadelic devil does a wicked duet with Hurricane G on “Werun N.Y.” and every single person that dug the first album “Sooperman Luva.” Redman has succeeded again on the production tip. He knocked five joints himself, while benefiting from the fly skills of the Funklord Erick Sermon and coming Funky Noble Productions producer Rockwilder who completed the package with him.