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Das EFX

Origin New York City, USA
Years active 1992 – Present
Genres Hip-Hop
Labels EastWest Records
Members Krazy Drazyz
Skoob (Books in reverse)

Das EFX is an American hip-hop group. It consists of rappers Skoob (also known as Books, born Willie Hines on January 2, 1971) and Dre (also known as Krazy Drayz, born Andre Weston on June 1, 1972). They rose to popularity in the early 1990s due to their affiliation with EPMD's Hit Squad and the group's stream of consciousness lyrical delivery, which became one of the most influential lyrical styles in hip hop music during the early 1990s. Image File history File links DasEFXDeadSeriousalbumcover. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... old logo current logo Eastwest Records was started in 1955 as a subsidiary label of Atlantic Records. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... EPMD was an American hip hop music group from Brentwood, New York, active from 1987 to 1999; one of the prominent acts in East coast hip hop. ... Hit Squad is crew formed by Parrish Smith, Eric Sermon, Redman, K-Solo and duo from Das EFX Krazy Drazyz and Skoob. ... In psychology and philosophy stream of consciousness, introduced by William James, is the set of constantly changing inner thoughts and sensations which an individual has while conscious, used as a synonym for stream of thought. ...

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History

Both members of the group hail from Brooklyn, New York City but the two met at Virginia State University in 1988 and began performing together. They named themselves "Das" standing for "Drayz and Skoob". Das EFX caught the attention of EPMD at a local talent show where, despite losing the competition, they did well enough to convince EPMD to sign them to a recording contract. The duo gained critical and commercial fame with the release of their landmark debut album, Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style, combining nonsensical lines (which included words that ended with "iggity") with a fast-paced ragga-style flow and numerous pop-culture references: A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ... Virginia State University, located in Ettrick, Virginia (near Petersburg, in the Richmond area), was founded on March 6, 1882. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Dead Serious (1992) was the debut album of the hip hop duo Das EFX. The first single, They Want EFX, was a Top 40 pop hit and a Top Ten R&B hit that propelled Dead Serious to platinum status. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Riggity-row, giggity-gadzooks, here I go, so
Fliggity-flame on, G-Geronimo, yo
I biggity-burn riggity-rubber when I blabber great
I miggity-make the Wonder Twins deactivate
It's crazy, I'm biggity-breakin' backs and bustin' lips
I friggity-freaked Gladys Knight and those freakin' Pips
Shrimps, I miggity-make enough noise like Bamm-Bamm
Throw boulders from Bedrock, you'll get dropped, I slam man
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Dead Serious went platinum and its lead single, "They Want EFX," reached the top ten on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, the top 40 on its Hot 100 Singles chart and #1 on its Hot Rap Tracks chart. Follow-up singles "Mic Checka" and "Straight Out the Sewer" did not chart on the Hot 100 but reached #1 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, respectively. The duo also made a guest appearance on Ice Cube's smash hit single "Check Yo Self". The song reached #20 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Rap Tracks chart. It also appeared in appeared on popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart used by Billboard magazine. ... Hot Rap Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... Hot Rap Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... Collaborations between hip hop artists (collabos) are frequent and one of the defining features of the genre. ... OShea Jackson (born June 15, 1969 in South Central, Los Angeles, California), is a rapper, actor and film director, who has legally adopted his stage name, Ice Cube. ... Check Yo Self is the second hit single from Ice Cubes Predator album released in August 1993 featuring rapper Das EFX. The song is also featured on Ice Cubes Bootlegs & B-Sides album. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... West Coast hip hop, also known as West Coast rap or California hip hop, is a style of hip hop music that originated in California in the 1980s. ... Radio Los Santos is a rap and hip-hop network. ...


Their refrain of "Chiggity-check yo self before you wriggity-wreck yo self" became a catchphrase in 1993. A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...


From the time of their debut in 1992 to 1993, several elements of their style were adopted by other hip-hop artists, including the Lords of the Underground, The Fu-Schnickens, Kris Kross, Common and even, to a lesser extent, Public Enemy. The iggity style was also referenced in the 1996 BLACKstreet song "No Diggity" with "diggity" meaning "doubt". This also became popular catchphrase at the time. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Lords of the Underground (L.O.T.U.G.) are a hip-hop trio based out of Newark, New Jersey. ... The Fu-Schnickens were a hip-hop trio in the early 1990s. ... Kris Kross 1992 album Totally Krossed Out Kris Kross was a young rap duo of the early 1990s most famous for wearing their clothes backwards. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE!, is a seminal hip hop group from Long Island, New York known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... BLACKstreet was an American R&B group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... No Diggity is a 1996 song by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre. ...


As their career progressed, however, Das EFX's once-distinctive and unique lyrical delivery became more commonplace as other artists imitated it. Derailed by the popularity of their own style, the duo slowed down their fast-paced flow and downplayed their cartoonish content on their sophomore album, Straight Up Sewaside. However, around the time of their third album Hold It Down (which was far less commercially successful than their debut release), Das EFX found themselves caught in the middle of EPMD's ugly breakup; it led to a three-year absence from recording. They returned in 1998 with the album Generation EFX and followed up in 2003 with the album How We Do; both were panned by critics. Das EFX continue to record and perform today to a much smaller yet devoted cult following. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 2006, Dray embarked upon a solo career releasing two albums on Rockstar Records.


In 2007, the group appeared on the remix of Nas' "Where are They Now". Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas, formerly Nasty Nas, is a prominent American rapper. ...


Chappelle's Show

Comedian Dave Chappelle has made numerous references to Das EFX's unique style and lyrics in sketches of his popular Chappelle's Show. In one sketch, a teenaged Chappelle tells his girlfriend "I liggity-love you". In another, Chappelle as a Black President Bush announced that a country named "Riggity-Row" will join the Coalition of the Willing. In yet another sketch, a news anchor announces the opening lyrics of "They Want EFX" as part of a special news report. David Dave Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American comedian, satirist and actor who rose to top stardom in 2003 with the debut of Comedy Centrals Chappelles Show. ... Chappelles Show is an American comedy television series starring comedian Dave Chappelle. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with multinational force in Iraq. ... A news anchor (US,Can. ...


Discography

Albums

Album cover Album information
Dead Serious
  • Released: April 7, 1992
  • Certification: Platinum
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #16
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #1
  • Singles: "They Want Efx"/"Jussummen", "Mic Checka", "Straight Out Da Sewer"
Straight Up Sewaside
  • Released: November 16, 1993
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #20
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #6
  • Singles: "Freakit"/"Gimme Dat Microphone", "Baknaffek", "Kaught In Da Ak"/"It'z Lik Dat"
Hold It Down
  • Released: September 26, 1995
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #22
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #4
  • Singles: "Real Hip-Hop"/"No Diggedy", "Microphone Master"
Generation EFX
  • Released: March 24, 1998
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #48
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #10
  • Singles: "Rap Scholar"
How We Do
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Billboard 200 chart position:
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position:
  • Singles: "East Coast Husslaz"/"How We Do"

Image File history File links DasEFXDeadSeriousalbumcover. ... Dead Serious (1992) was the debut album of the hip hop duo Das EFX. The first single, They Want EFX, was a Top 40 pop hit and a Top Ten R&B hit that propelled Dead Serious to platinum status. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Image File history File links Straight_Up_Sewaside. ... Straight Up Sewaside is the sophomore album by the hip hop duo Das EFX. It was not as popular as their debut album Dead Serious, but was a critical success. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Image File history File links HoldItDownDas. ... Hold It Down is the third album by Brooklyn-based Rap duo Das EFX, released on September 26, 1995. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Generation_EFX.jpg‎ Das EFXs Generation EFX album cover This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover... Generation EFX is the fourth album by Brooklyn-based Rap duo Das EFX, released on March 24, 1998. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Image File history File links DasEFXHowWeDo. ... How We Do is the fifth album by Brooklyn-based hip hop duo Das EFX, released on September 23, 2003. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Allmusic.com bio
  • Interview with Das EFX from 2003

  Results from FactBites:
 
Das Efx - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (477 words)
Das EFX is a Rap duo consisting of rappers Dre and Skoob.
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.
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.
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