Zibbidy Zabba Rabbit Unicorn Horn!
Ivory at Soulbounce looks back fondly on Das EFX’s 1992 album,Dead Serious:
Twenty years after first debuting, the duo known as Das EFX remains a unit, still performing and recording music for a small, yet loyal fan base. And while some of those fans may show up to hear music from Das’ other releases, it’s the pull of Dead Serious that keeps them coming back for more. While many releases from that time can often sound dated when dusted off and played today, Dead Serious is one of the few that has stood the test of time, sounding just as good and innovative now as it did back then.
I’ll probably get some pushback from the oldheads here, but the reverence for this gimmicky group is actually a pretty egregious example of hip-hop fogeyism, the (understandable!) tendency to wildly overrate much of the stuff we listened to when we were younger relative to whatever teenagers are listening to today. But we really need to resist that urge, y’all, because these cats were literally spitting gibberish:
I spiggedy-spark a spiff and give a twist like Chubby Checker
I take my froot loops with two scoops, make it double-decker
Oh vince, the baby come to Papa Duke
A babaloo, ooh, a babaloo boogedy boo
I went from gucci to stussy, to fliggedy-flam a groupie
To Zsa Zsa to yibbedy-yabba dabba hoochie coochie
Tally ho i-i’ll take my stove top instead of potatoes, so
Maybe I’ll shoot ’em now, nope!
maybe I’ll shoot ’em later, yep!
I used to have a dog and bingo was his name oh, so uh
B- I-N-G-O-O !
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, hon, so uh
Dun dun dun dun dun, dun dun
Nostalgia is one of the amino acids of the Internet, but it’s still endlessly amusing to read YouTube comments under terrible old music or TV shows from two decades ago, where people boast-lament that “YO THEY DON’T MAKE MUSIC LIKE THIS NO MORE NAHMEAN.”
Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, though. Everything wasn’t Midnight Marauders.