Straight Up Sewaside
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Straight Up Sewaside

July 6, 2010

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  Song Title
Undaground Rappa
Gimme Dat Micraphone
Check It Out
Kaught In Da Ak
Krazy Wit Da Books
It'z Like Dat
Host Wit Da Most (Rappaz Remix)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 26, 1993
  • Release Date: October 26, 1993
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • Copyright: 1993 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 43:51
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  • ASIN: B003TRZ59M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,130 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collector's item. February 8, 2000
By L.C.
Format:Audio CD
I found this album in a used CD store many years after its release and was shocked at how good it still sounds. Fuggedabout the lyrically bankrupt emcees you see atop the Billboard 100--Dray and Skoob pioneered the streetcorner, tag team, battle-rhyme style and clearly had a profound influence on cats like Meth and Redman.
My personal favoites on this album are "Check it Out and "Baknaffek"; songs in which Das Efx's creativity is magnified by their high-octane delivery. And songs like "Kaught in Da Ak" display their storytelling ability--something that was overlooked during their heyday. These are not your average emcees rhyming the last syllable of each sentence as they talk about money, women and guns. Instead, this is a collection of sreet ciphers of the highest caliber created back when hip hop was... (you fill in the blank).
Also worth mentioning are the production skills of Solid Scheme (Chris Charity and Derek Lynch). Expert sampling of hip hop classics, some skillful scratching and funky beats complement the two emcees by creating a sonic landscape that's as grimy as the tracks of the 1 and 9 train lines that bisect the Bronx. Cop this joint ... and treasure it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of das efx March 13, 2005
By Kd
Format:Audio CD
I loved dead serious and was expecting something different to this before I heard it. Hip hop was large in '93, and there was so much stuff out. Then this dropped and it was the definition of heavily rippin sh#t on the mic over some mad beats, it was all fun and nothing too serious like hip hop should be. They made some good witty and funny lyrics flow with humour and just general reference metaphores that were light and worked perfect with the tracks. The production was highest grade with perfect mixing and mastering. I think most of the tracks except 3 were tight over and over again. And 'check it out' was heating my amp and damaging my speakers when I first heard that beat. Altogether I would say it was definately a classic album and one worth getting. I liked das efx more until just after their 2000 album where I felt they were not that raw anymore and had lost a lot of what I liked about their style. But anyways, for now If you are thinking of getting this or buying some real hip hop classics. Make sure you get this album. Hope I helped. Peace!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DAS! January 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was a classic Das-EFX release. Almost every track was a hit, not like their debut. This group is still making music, just got to look in the sewa! (HIT SQUAD IS THE S**T)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sewer Music (4 Stars) January 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Das Efx made the world wait 2 years for their follow LP after dropping Dead Serious in '91. Skoob and Crazy Drayz were two of the illest around at that time and their absence was very apparent. I remember watching The Box (or Video Jukebox back then) and seeing the video for "Baknaffek". Again, I ran out to the store and copped the album with no questions asked. Dray was the first MC that I ever wanted to be like. He had skills, he had presence, and he was confident. Basically, he was everything I wanted to be as an MC at the time and I imitated his every move. Straight Up Sewaside was definitely worth the wait even though it was largely ignored due to lack of promotion and the fact that they were going through the break up of the EPMD - led Hit Squad (EPMD, K Solo, Redman, and Das). What people will notice most about this album is that Das Efx decided to drop the "iggity" from their rhyme scheme. But after 2 years of people blatantly biting their style, can you blame them? This album is what good rap music is supposed to sound like: two ill MCs spittin' over hot beats. There's no fluff, no getting jiggy, no B.S., just two cats gettin' busy on the mic. People talk about how Dead Serious is their best album, but I think this album is just as good (hell, maybe better). Honestly, there's LESS filler on this album than the first album. If you think about it, the same things being said about their 1st album all apply here too. "Freakit" and "Baknaffek" are classics. Hands down. "Kaught In Da Ak" is pretty good story telling from these two, and "Gimme Dat Microphone" takes you back to their Dead Serious album. Even the interlude and interview were on point. All of the production is handled by the duo Solid Scheme (Chris Charity and Derek Lynch). Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Straight Up Classic November 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
To me this Cd represents every thing great Hip hop should be about. Two hungry MCs that weren't about the bling, or having 20 million guests, or fakin' the funk, but had great chemistry and whose word play was of the first order. Also this CD kicks up their previous release Dead Serious. For one I couldn't stand that Wigedy, Wigedy nonsense, which, due to every one & their dog biting their style, they dropped. Also mad props should go to Solid Scheme for their great underground grimy production. When I listen to this I remember why I feel in love with Hip Hop in the first place.
My top toons on here are: The Glorious 'Freakit', 'Baknaffek','its Lik Dat', 'Host Wit Da Most (Rappaz Remix),'Check It Out' and 'Undaground Rappa'. RUFF!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album January 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my all time favorites. Grimy production and great lyrics highlight this overlooked release. A definite classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYERS BEWARE!!!!
I just ordered this cd from Amazon and it is edited! WHAT THE HELL? Why did I not get the original unedited version? I'M PISSED!
Published on April 25, 2008 by J. McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bass and beats
This album to me had great beats and the kind of bass on some songs that made me stand still. If your subwoofers can go low this album is definitely worth giving them some... Read more
Published on January 27, 2008 by getgo
i like it because it is good, raw hip hop. this is the type of hip hop in which i grab my headphones and just chill. Read more
Published on February 28, 2007 by Martin L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars RigGedY RaW
Lots & lots of energy charged straight from the sewa' giving you a hip hop essential. Street stories, battle raps, charisma, you name it. This is a BOOM BAP lp to put it simple.
Published on July 29, 2005 by Jimmy Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than 'Dead Serious'
Yeah it is better, even though 'dead serious' is a dope album this is just better, released in 93, dre and skoob make another sick album. Read more
Published on March 29, 2005 by Low-Ko187
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 CIRCA

LYRICS --------- 10/10


THEME -------- 10/10

ALBUM COVER... Read more
Published on March 23, 2005 by O. KAKA
4.0 out of 5 stars I guess it's really where you at.
Straight up this is good ole Das. If you like the roots of hip hop this is a really good album. For a lot of people this album defines 1993 in hip hop, those are the same guys... Read more
Published on November 4, 2000 by K. Maharaj
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Abxoloot" true meaning of skill with A-plus beats
Straight up the sewerside is Das EFX's best album. I don't know what Entertainment weekly is talking about! Read more
Published on May 22, 2000 by abx
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