Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Baknaffek, Howz Dat?!

Make way for the underground rappaz

Das EFX: "Baknaffek (Solid Scheme Radio Remix)"
Das EFX: "Baknaffek (Solid Scheme Funk Remix)"
Das EFX: "Baknaffek (E-A-SKI/CMT Remix)"
from Baknaffek cassingle 1993

After a month-long escape in Barbados, M Ceezy is indeed Baknaffek. Which is also the subject of today's post...the slept-on and too-quickly dismissed follow-up to Das EFX's "Dead Serious" debut. "Straight Up Sewaside" didn't have the catchy singles like Black Caesar-laced "They Want EFX," or the Matlock theme-song-esque "If Only", but what it did have was some seriously hardcore, no-frills, no-crossover beats courtesy of Solid Scheme. It's possible that people had enough of the diggedy-das, after countless biters watered down the flow during their absence. Those people missed a refinement of the dope formula; the production embodied and defined the sound of the sewer, while Books In Reverse and Krazy Drayz increased the density of their lyrics ("Rappaz") and stepped up their storytelling game ("Kaught in Da AK").
Shippity bop, well hot diggedy,
Where's the iggedy, The bum stiggedy
Niggas wanna know but check the flow my little trickity!
Word...what did people expect from Das EFX? Social and political commentary? Incidentally, this was the first post-EPMD split album to be released, and heads were wondering if Das EFX were going to comment on the situation. Referencing E-Double's opening single from his solo debut: "So you can stay real kid, but I'ma stay rich" on "Itz Like Dat." Trivial, as far as beefs go.

For doz that slept, three "Baknaffek" remixes today, unearthed from the cassette archives.

Extrablogicular Reading
The Broke BBoys cover Das EFX's classic "Microphone Master" remixes from 1996.


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