DAS EFX on Saturday 11th August 2018
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. The duo were regarded for completely rewriting the MC rule book, elements of their style crept into countless rappers' bags of tricks. Krazy Drazyz and Skoob 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). 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.
SATURDAY 11 AUGUST
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
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Music Genres: Hip Hop
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