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Das EFX

Das EFX's wildly playful, rapid-fire stuttering -- dense with rhymes and nonsense words -- was one of the most distinctive and influential lyrical styles in early-'90s hip-hop. While the duo completely rewrote the MC rule book, they themselves were increasingly pegged as a one-dimensional novelty the longer their career progressed, despite watching elements of their style creep into countless rappers' bags of tricks. Krazy Drazyz (born Andre Weston; Teaneck, NJ) and Skoob (born Willie Hines) were both raised in Brooklyn, but didn't begin performing together until they met at Virginia State University in 1988. Removed from an active music scene, the two were free to develop their most idiosyncratic tendencies; they started making up gibberish words (anything ending in "-iggity" was a favorite) that added loads of extra syllables to their lines, and wove plenty of pop-cultural references into the tongue-twisting lyrical gymnastics that resulted. Das EFX caught their big break when they performed at a talent show judged by EPMD; though they didn't win, EPMD was impressed enough to offer them a deal, and the duo became part of the Def Squad crew of protégés.

Signing to the East West label, Das EFX began work on their debut album, commuting between Virginia and New York and mailing tapes to EPMD (then touring the country) for guidance. Upon its release in 1992, Dead Serious caused an immediate sensation, and is still considered something of a landmark in hip-hop circles. The first single, the instantly memorable signature song "They Want EFX," was a Top 40 pop hit and a Top Ten R&B hit, and helped push sales of Dead Serious past the platinum mark. Wary of being pigeonholed by repeating themselves, the duo slowed down their lyrical flow and downplayed the surrealistic side of their interplay on the follow-up album, 1993's Straight Up Sewaside, which went gold. Around the time of 1995's disappointing Hold It Down, Das EFX found themselves caught in the middle of EPMD's ugly breakup; it led to a three-year absence from recording. By the time they returned in 1998 with Generation EFX, the group was playing more to a devoted but narrower cult audience; they have remained largely silent since. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of DAS EFX (Explicit)

1. Mic Checka

2. Jussummen

3. They Want EFX

4. East Coast

5. If Only

6. Dum Dums

7. Looseys

8. Freakit

9. Baknaffek

10. Kaught In Da Ak

11. No Diggedy

12. Real Hip Hop

13. Microphone Master

14. Represent The Real

15. Shine

16. Rap Scholar

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Track List: Generation Efx

1. Intro

2. Raw Breed

3. Shine

4. Somebody Told Me

5. Set It Off

6. No Doubt

7. Rap Scholar

8. Generation Efx

9. Rite Now

10. What Goes Around

11. Make Noize

12. New Stuff

13. Take It Back

14. Change

15. Rap Scholar

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Track List: Hold It Down (Explicit)

1. Intro (Once Again)

3. Knockin' N**gaz Off

4. Here We Go

6. Here It Is

7. Microphone Master

8. 40 & A Blunt

9. Buck-Buck

11. Can't Have Nuttin'

12. Alright

13. Hold It Down

14. Dedicated

15. Ready To Rock Rough Rhymes

17. Comin' Thru

20. Real Hip-Hop (Pete Rock Remix)

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Track List: Straight Up Sewaside

1. Intro

2. Undaground Rappa

3. Gimme Dat Micraphone

4. Check It Out

5. Interlude

6. Freakit

7. Rappaz

8. Interview

9. Baknaffek

10. Kaught In Da Ak

11. Wontu

12. Krazy Wit Da Books

13. It'z Like Dat

14. Host Wit Da Most (Rappaz Remix)

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Track List: Dead Serious

1. Mic Checka

2. Jussummen

3. They Want EFX

4. Looseys

5. Dum Dums

6. East Coast

7. If Only

8. Brooklyn To T-Neck

9. Klap Ya Handz

10. Straight Out The Sewer

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I ROLL WITH FOOLS
WIT MO JEWELS
THAN FREDDIE BLASSIE
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plainray2000
Real music, please come back!!!!!!!! ! !
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When rap music was at its best
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Phat track straight class
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rashannshade
Classic.
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My hearty heart heart
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I'm All That
Small Cat
Like Tonka
Or Hasbro
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Das Efx #1Rap Duel ever!
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this was my song in HS! They were so innovative for their time. No one had that style of rhyming nor lyrics.
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I takes my froot loops with two scoops so make it a double decker..sick n e s s back in the days...lyric a l l y they probably would destroy lots of rappers....d a y s efx ill
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Sick, it's too bad so many groups bit their style and they ended up breaking up
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Fresh Prince of bel air. Geoffrey dance.
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Love tha das efx ahit
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jasenycbx
NYC S**T!
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Skoob had a couple dope singles out but dont know if he ever dropped a whole cd??
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They wanna em lol imiss yall lets get it
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Diggitydundu n d a d u n d u n t d u n t d u n t
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Yeah. They Want EFX!!!
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Loved this Brother's back in my day got them downloaded in my cellphone Yuup let's go Pandora allllll say what
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Billy where u at rasaan u too omg .. Rip this our s**t
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I THROW A SCREWBALL
AND STRIKE OUT THE EMCEE
AND IF HE TEMPT ME
I KNOCK EM OUT LIKE JACK DEMPSEY!
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BEYOND QUOTABLE...D A S EFX IS BEYOND THE F**KING TRUTH! I ONLY WANT TO SEE THEM, STEELY DAN, AND BILLY JOEL BEFORE I DIE! Steely reminds me of my dad, Billy was my mom's favorite, and DAS EFX ...

WORDS DON'T DESCRIBE THE DEDICATION! I'M 39, AND ILL SEE THEM LIVE BEFORE I CLOCK OUT!

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HIPHOPHIPHOP H I P H O P ! ! ! !
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Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s e m e n t got dat real hiphop!
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B
Man I luv their flow
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I LIVE DAS EFX THERE MUSIC IS WHAT PEOPLE NEED NOW THEY NEED TO COME OUT NOW WITH SOMETHING THAT WOULD BLOW YOUR MIND
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CRAZY LYRICS!!! Good job, Pandora with including the lyrics to They Want EFX. We worked on learning those lyrics for hours back in the day.
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Das Efx was part of Hit Squad not Def Squad, did the same dude who disrespected KRS-One in his bio make this mistake also?
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Bak in 1993 smoking a blunt wit headphones on bumping dis s**t, waiting for da school bus to c*m, wow!!!!! Great tyme
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clockworkzan t h
What would the early nintys have been without days efx? F**kin boring that's what
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Where are they now?
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I diggidy love Das EFX
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Fully agree with "insaneslugg e r 7 " . . . . H o l d It Down disappointin g ? ? ? LoL...thats laughable... t h a t album was dope front to back!!!! Hell...that was their best album!!
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They want efx was the joint!!!
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Why was HOLD IT DOWN disappointin g ? that was their best album period! WHAT!?
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dead serious was the joint
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dionne018
Microphone Checka! Biggie was so influenced by them! This was the ish! Real HIP HOP.
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jjordan1300
I play this joint at every event!
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Hearty Har har har! their flow will never be imitated.
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They made Cube's Predator work!
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word
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das efx was the first hip hop concert i went to Hit Squad in full effect
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90's hip hop.. I remember seeing them perform at HOMEBASE in NYC...
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FUCKN GREATEST
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HANDS DOWN ONE OF MY FAVOROTE GROUPS OF ALL TIMES BOOKS IN REVERSE N KRAZY DRAZY PIONEERS
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stiams
One of my favorite groups of all time. I don't think they ever go the respect the deserved for being actual MC's. Once you got pat the gimick, they were really good.
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Takes me back to my high school days in Brooklyn!!!
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I diggety diggety Das EFX.
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Went to High School with Skoob (Bishop Ford). Love their music and hope he is doing well, wherever he is.
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Das are really talented. "Straight Up Sewaside" is their best album. This song always had me amped. I love the cymbals. They really can rap their asses off.
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