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).[2]

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. The album spawned the two singles Rockafella & Can’t Wait.

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]

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.

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]

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