Dare IZ A Darkside (1994) bumps supreme on my decks to this day. This album is a very slept on project from Funk Doc’s catalog even to some fans; despite that it went gold (500,000 copies) in 2 months (Month of the Man/Nov. 94 to Jan. 95′) The second single “Can’t Wait” was the first single that reached number five on Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts, and was also number eleven on the Hot Rap Singles chart, number sixty one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and number ninety-four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is the first of four Redman songs to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This strong sophomore effort was one dark acid trip into the rabbit-hole. Reggie seemed even hungrier to prove himself lyrically; and less interested in being mainstream. Having more of a chip on his shoulder this go around. Wittier with wordplay and honed brutality reflected in his delivery and vocal dexterity; eliminating any notions of this album suffering from the “Sophomore Jinx”. The beats have a deconstructed funky vibe to it with the minimalist electronic approach to the chord progressions; making this album very unique in Reggie’s Catalog. The money I would pay to see Redman perform this album in it’s entirety is immeasurable. True Reggie Noble fans know that everyone’s miss that bus if you didn’t see him live via 1994 when this album first dropped. He rarely performs songs from this album in most performances for some reason. I guess it will forever live in our headphone til then. Peep the video, and make sure to visit the links, and leave your comments below. Rockafella was Produced by Redman and made to tribute to his friend. Rest In Power Rockafella.