On this date in 1992, the Brooklyn/Teaneck, New Jersey duo Das EFX released their game-changing single “They Want EFX” on East West Records.


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When Krazy Drazy and Skood dropped their signature, offbeat, stuttering style, an entire wave of rappers with an identical or similar style emerged in Hip Hop during the early 90s. With samples from “Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren, “Blind Man Can See It” by James Brown, and “Breath Control II by Boogie Down Productions. They Want EFX was the blueprint for many who came after them. Their usage of famous TV commercials and slogans distinguished DAS’ style from the others but later proved that they could switch their stutter to a consistent cadence and still keep up with their peers.

The lead single from the group’s debut album, Dead Serious, did well commercially, appearing at number 25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and even reaching the pole position for Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs in ’92.

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