Dare Iz a Darkside is the second studio album by American rapper Redman. It was released on November 22, 1994, by Def Jam Recordings. The album debuted at 13 on the US Billboard 200.[1] The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album cover features Redman buried in the ground up to his neck, a reference to the cover of Funkadelic’s 1971 album Maggot Brain. In addition, the song “Cosmic Slop” shares its name with a 1973 Funkadelic album.
In 2010, Redman told Vibe Magazine that he never performed any songs from Dare Iz A Darkside in recent years – primarily due to the album being made during one of the dark times in his life.[3] The positive reaction to the album stunned Redman, who said “I was doing a lot of drugs on Dare Iz A Darkside. I have chicks that come up to me and say, ‘Yo, Dare Iz A Darkside is my favorite fuckin’ album, ever.’ I swear, I have not played Dare Iz A Darkside damn near since I did it. Seriously! I was so lost, I was so fucked up during that album”.[4]

Critical Reception

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 Redman’s eccentric personality on Darkside in particular may have alienated fans of his earlier work with EPMD.[5] Though 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.

Commercial performanceEdit
Dark Iz a Darkside debuted at number 13 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, becoming his first number one on the chart.[1] On January 27, 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies.[8] As of October 2009, the album has 587,000 copies in the United States.[9]

Track listingEditNo.TitleProducer(s)Length

1.”Dr. Trevis”Redman1:37

2.”Bobyahed2dis”Redman, Rockwilder3:24

3.”Journey Throo Da Darkside”Redman, Erick Sermon (co-producer)2:26

4.”Da Journee”Redman2:12

5.”A Million And 1 Buddah Spots”Erick Sermon, Redman (co-producer)3:23

6.”Noorotic”Rockwilder, Redman (co-producer)3:32

7.”Boodah Session”Redman0:31

8.”Cosmic Slop” (featuring Erick Sermon and Keith Murray)Redman, Erick Sermon (co-producer)2:56

9.”Rockafella (R.I.P.)”Redman0:25


11.”Green Island”Redman5:42


13.”Can’t Wait”Erick Sermon, Redman (co-producer)4:13

14.”Winicumuhround”Erick Sermon, Redman (co-producer)4:28


16.”Slide And Rock On”Redman3:54

17.”Sooperman Luva II”Redman4:50

18.”We Run N.Y.” (featuring Hurricane G)Redman4:13

19.”Dr. Trevis (Signs Off)”Redman1:39

20.”Tonight’s Da Nite (Remix)” (CD only bonus track)Redman3:51

Total length:68:37
The cassette version is tinted red.

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


Weekly Charts



See also

List of number-one R&B albums of 1994 (U.S.)


^ a b “allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))”. Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.

^ “RIAA – Gold & Platinum – December 02, 2010 : Search Results – Redman”. RIAA. Retrieved 2010-12-02.

^ “Full Clip: Redman Runs Down His Entire Catalogue”. interview. Retrieved 2014-02-14.

^ Paine, Jake. “Redman Revisits “Dare Iz A Darkside” And Talks Gilla House, Saukrates”. Cheri Media. Retrieved 2016-04-26.

^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. “allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Review )))”. Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.

^ a b c “Redman – Dare Iz a Darkside CD Album”. Muze. CD Universe. Retrieved 2011-10-10.

^ ‘Flash’ Juon, Steve (2002-03-05). “Redman :: Dare Iz a Darkside :: Def Jam”. Retrieved 2010-12-02.

^ “RIAA Certifications – Redman”. Retrieved March 1, 2020.

^ “XXL SCANS: DEF JAM’S ENTIRE DISCOGRAPHY & RECORD SALES”. October 18, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2020.

^ “allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Credits )))”. Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.

^ {{cite web|url= 200 – December, 10, 1994|work=[[Billboard (magazine)|accessdate=March 1, 2020}}

^ {{cite web|url= Albums – December, 10, 1994|work=[[Billboard (magazine)|accessdate=March 1, 2020}}

^ “allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))”. Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.

^ “American album certifications – Redman – Dare Iz a Darkside”. Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

External linksEdit

Dare Iz a Darkside at AllMusic

Dare Iz a Darkside at Discogs

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