Five years ago, the Soundcloud world was shaken by the 90s boom-bap of an anonymous EP titled “Your Old Droog,” an extended play rumoured to be Nas‘ follow-up album to legendary hip hop classic Illmatic.
Little did the world know that the EP was actually self-titled; not the voice of Nas, but instead Ukrainian-American rapper, Your Old Droog.
While his real name still remains a mystery, his masterly sound is far from a secret – in fact, its heavy resemblance to Nas continues to bewilder audiences. Now, Brooklyn’s very own, Your Old Droog (Y.O.D.), simply soars above and beyond as an independent artist (Droog Recordings) in his fourth studio album Transportation– a hip hop locomotive just as thrilling as it is impressive.
Transportation, a 15-track album, employs every form of transportation within his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as a stupendous metaphor for the gritty movements and surroundings of its natives.
If you consider yourself a true fan of 90s underground hip hop, then this is an album you need to hear.
— On March 5th 1992, rap duo Das EFX emerged onto the Hip-Hop scene with the release of their debut single, “They Want EFX”.
Just over a month before the release of their debut album, Dead Serious, Dray and Skoob of Das EFX garnered widespread attention when their first ever single, “They Want EFX”, hit the streets. The duo’s signature “stream of consciousness” style of delivery, paired with their fast-paced and sophisticated rhymes, hadn’t quite been seen before—making them an immediate spectacle. However, beyond becoming a spectacle amongst music enthusiasts, Das EFX also became one of the most often imitated Hip-Hop acts amongst their peers. The duo have even been heavily credited as the main source and influencers of the “-iggedy” suffix used to create so many urban slang terms throughout the years.
With no official content being released prior to “They Want EFX”, the single was still able to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Top 10 on the U.S Billboard R&B Chart, and #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. No other single included on Dead Serious performed quite as well as “They Want EFX”, making it the main catalyst for what would become their only platinum-selling album.
“They Want EFX”contains samples from James Brown’s “Blind Man Can See It” and Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals”.
Check out the full song and accompanying music video above.