“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.
I remember when I first heard Das Efx, I thought to myself these cats are crazy why do they rhyme this way but then I thought damn this beat is jamming and then I found out that these cats were rolling with EPMD who was building one of the first great rap crews. Hit Squad was the crew (think pre Wu Tang and Bootcamp) everybody was dope in this crew members included Redman, Das Efx, K-Solo, Keith Murray, Knucklehedz and of course EPMD. But Das had a style that separated them from the rest of the crew, I called it the iggidy. The group It consists of Dray (also known as Krazy Drayz, born Andre Weston) and Skoob (also known as Books, born William “Willie” Hines). They named themselves “DAS” standing for “Dray and Skoob” and “EFX” meaning “effects”. Their style combined nonsensical lines with a fast-paced flow and numerous pop culture references. Das was coming “Straight out the Sewer”, it was a concept that they held true to throughout the videos pictures etc.
Though they had a run of dope songs and remixes none hit harder than the “Mic Checka Remix”. The bass-line is heavy and haunting and the guitar just sets it off. The original was fresh with the James Brown sample with a funky guitar rift. The EPMD influence is evident in the production but lyrically Das was just something different. Fierce lil dudes spitting dope shit that you needed to hear a few times to get what they said then a few more times to truly enjoy how dope it is. While there were many that rapped at a fast pace, there were none that did it like Das. I would even contend that they were an influence on the “trap” style of rap that is prevalent in the south right now. They were and still are dope as hell!!!!!