Tag Archives: Das EFX

Jay Dee Unreleased EP Stream – Jay Dee / Dilla

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The mighty House Shoes has dropped the dope Jay Dee remix EP that he released on his own indie label back in 97 when the legendary Detroit producer was still attempting to make a name for himself and delivering flavourful reworkings of tracks by Masta Ace, De La Soul, Artifacts and more – click here to let House Shoes tell the story and then enjoy his latest generous ‘Gift’.

New Joint – Krazy Drayz

Krazy Drayz – “Krazy Drayz” (KrazyDrayz.Com / 2013)

Taken from the Das EFX emcee’s solo album “Showtime”.

New Joint – Krazy Drayz

Krazy Drayz – “Hold Dat” (KrazyDrayz.Com / 2013)

Tongue-twisting boom-bap from the Das EFX member’s solo album “Showtime”.

Sewer Stories – Das EFX / PMD

Vintage 1995 interview from New Jersey’s RETV featuring Das EFX discussing the release of their third album “Hold It Down”.

Unsung Documentary – EPMD

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TVOne continue the brilliant “Unsung” documentary series by looking at the storied career of legendary Strong Island duo EPMD with appearances from Redman, DJ Scratch, DMC and Keith Murray – relive some Golden Era memories with one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups of all-time here.

New Joint – Krayz Drayz / Fredro Starr

Krazy Drayz ft. Fredro Starr & DJ Rondevu – “Turn Da Heat Up” (KrayzDrayz.Com / 2012)

The two products of the 90s combine forces for this Ear To Da Beat-produced track from the Das Efx member’s forthcoming album “Showtime”.

Crank The Boombox… – EPMD / Redman / K-Solo etc.

Footage of EPMD and The Hit Squad performing the 1992 classic “Head Banger” at a recent show in Richmond, Virginia.

Special EFX – Krazy Drayz

Krayz Drayz of diggedy Das EFX takes a break from filming his forthcoming “Two Turntables” video to speak on his new album “Showtime” which features Redman, Fredro Starr and Sean Price.

No Diggity – Das EFX

Skoob and Krazy Drayzy on Slovenia’s BekslamTV discussing the origins of their trademark rhyme style, favourite producers they’ve worked with and the importance of younger artists studying the history of Hip-Hop.

New Joint – Krazy Drayz

Krazy Drayz – “Two Turntables” (Four 10 Entertainment / 2012)

DJ Rondevu-produced track from the Das EFX member’s forthcoming album “Showtime”.

Live Review – EPMD

Venue: The Forum, London  Date: 19 February 2011

When it comes to Hip-Hop’s most cherished acts, Long Island’s EPMD stand amongst the greats. Capturing the imagination of rap fanatics in the late-80s with their slow-flow rhyme style and penchant for digging in the funk crates for sample material rather than plundering James Brown like many of their contemporaries, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith dropped a string of classic singles from equally impressive albums such as their 1988 debut “Strictly Business” and my personal favourite, 1990’s Def Jam-released “Business As Usual”. But not only did the Green-Eyed Bandit and the Mic Doc bless heads with their own dope material, they also introduced a wealth of talent to the rap world in the form of original Hit Squad members Redman, K-Solo and Das EFX. Yet the duo’s reign on the top was followed by a messy break-up, patchy solo careers and what some fans felt was an underwhelming reunion in the late-90s. But regardless, Erick and Parrish remain Hip-Hop legends, and there were plenty of fans willing to fill a sizeable London venue on a cold, wet Saturday night to witness two of their rap heroes performing some of the game’s most recognized joints.

Considering the event was advertised as finishing at 11pm, it really did seem like a trip back in time when by 10:15pm there was still no sign of EPMD, a fact that probably gave plenty of older heads in attendance flashbacks to catastrophic UK performances and no-shows from the likes of Busta Rhymes, Onyx and Wu-Tang. Although Rodney P & Skitz had done their best to entertain the crowd as support, and host Big Ted managed to keep things upbeat, a collective sigh of relief could almost be heard rippling through the place when just before 10:30pm long-time EPMD affiliate DJ Scratch took his position behind the turntables to introduce the duo. As the lights dimmed over the smoke-filled stage and the opening helicopter sound effect of the pair’s 1987 debut “It’s My Thing” fluttered from the speakers, the sight of two hoodie-clad silhouettes prompted a roar of approval as PMD launched into the 24-year-old track’s opening lines. With barely a pause the twosome ran through the Zapp-sampling “You Gots To Chill” and the timeless “Strictly Business”, before exiting the stage to allow Scratch to showcase some of the skills that have led to him winning various deejay competition titles over the years.

Back onstage, Erick and Parrish proceeded to rock back-to-back sure-shots from their hefty catalogue, including the chest-thumping “So Wat Cha Sayin”, the brilliant Faze-O-sampling “Please Listen To My Demo” and their 1997 comeback single “Da Joint”. By this time people were checking their watches, as the supposed 11pm curfew was only minutes away, but thankfully the show wasn’t over, with the pair going on to deliver a solid hour-long performance.

Watching Sermon and Smith work the stage like true veterans, it was clear to see they still have chemistry, but you couldn’t help but wonder whether the drama that surrounded the pair’s early-90s break-up still holds any influence over their relationship dynamic, or if the two 40-somethings had truly put the events of 20 years ago behind them? There definitely appeared to be a lot of genuine camaraderie on display, and if either one is still haunted by ghosts of the past, it didn’t show on this particular night.

That said, there were subtle differences between the pair’s individual approaches to the performance. PMD appeared totally at ease onstage, displaying the calm confidence of someone with little to prove to the world, secure in the knowledge that his place in rap’s history books is unquestionable. Sermon, however, seems to have some issues about whether or not he’s given enough credit for his achievements, pre-cursing many of the night’s tracks with a snappy “Pay attention young people” and, minutes after chastising today’s money-orientated artists, feeling the need to state “Don’t get it twisted, I’ve been paid since 1990, none of those dudes can f**k with me.” Erick also got a little antsy when only a handful of the crowd joined in singing along to the Rick James 80s weed anthem “Mary Jane”, claiming “Well, Rick James is kinda old, I bet it’d be different if it was some Justin Bieber sh*t.” Which seemed a little strange when the majority of the audience appeared to be 30-plus.

But Sermon’s somewhat misguided tirades aside, the show was a definite success. So often performances from rap’s elder statesmen run the risk of being nothing more than someone going through  the motions in an attempt to relive past glories, yet EPMD brought an energy and charisma to the stage that could not be denied. The only disappointment was that Redman and K-Solo didn’t run out from backstage to assist the brothers from Brentwood in their closing rendition of “Headbanger”, arguably the greatest posse cut known to man.

Peace, I’m Audi 5000.

Ryan Proctor

Mic Checka – Das EFX

Diggedy Das EFX performing at Hip-Hop Karoake in Toronto.

Steppin’ Thru Hardcore – PMD / Das EFX / DJ Scratch

Footage of the recent Netherlands Hit Squad show.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Sewer Side – Das EFX

GrandGood.Com footage of diggedy Das EFX performing some of their Hit Squad-era classics at NYC’s Knitting Factory earlier this month.

“Freak It”

“Straight Out The Sewer” / “Baknaffek”

“Mic Checka”

“Real Hip-Hop”

“Jussummen”

“They Want EFX”

Microphone Masters – Das EFX

1993 Das EFX freestyle from NYC’s Stretch & Bobbito radio show.

Crew Love – Gang Starr, Das EFX, Wu-Tang Clan etc.

Mammoth mid-90s freestyle session from “The Arsenio Hall Show” featuring some true Hip-Hop greats.

Back In The Day – Nas, UMCs, Black Sheep, Rakim etc.

A sensory overload of golden-era goodness – how many of these joints can you remember?