Spin - 2/94, p.69
"...they're still in the sewa, even if the whole hip-hop nation has moved in....keepers and lovers of the tradition...."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/26/93, p.66
"...[Das Efx] has wisely given up its triggity-trademark rhyme style....Though not as explosive as [DEAD SERIOUS, STRAIGHT UP SEWASIDE] will keep you interested..." - Rating: B+
Melody Maker - 1/22/94, p.35
"...Das EFX bypass your head and electrify your body with a grace and elegance that their supposed plagiarists rarely manage...."
Das EFX: Dre, Scoob (vocals).
Additional personnel: DJ Dice, Chris Charity, Derek Lynch (scratches).
Producers: Chris Charity, Derek Lynch, Charlie "Noah" Marotta.
Engineers: Charlie Marotta, Chris Charity, Derek Lynch.
Recorded at Northshore Soundworks, Commack, New York.
All songs co-written by A. Weston and W. Hines. Samples include "Soul Power" (as performed by James Brown), "Funky Granny" (as performed by Kool & The Gang), "Paul Revere" (as performed by The Beastie Boys) and "Walk On By" (as performed by Gloria Gaynor).
Personnel: Chris Charity, Derek Lynch (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Chris Charity; Derek Lynch; Charlie Marotta.
Recording information: North Shore Soundworks, Commack, NY.
Photographer: Amy Guip.
Arrangers: Chris Charity; Derek Lynch; Charlie Marotta.
By the time Sewaside saw the light of day, the public hadn't fully absorbed Das EFX's innovative debut, Dead Serious. The hardcore rap game had barely caught up with the brilliance of their rapid-fire vocal delivery and sample-laden beats. But then again, another crew from Staten Island emerged in 1993 and took the rap game by total storm, leaving the genius of Sewaside somewhat overshadowed by their dominance. However, this change in climate shouldn't overshadow Sewaside as a crucial record in the Das EFX canon. While the duo's methods of madness were slowly emulated by a large plethora of MCs, Das EFX stayed with the same effective blueprint laid down in Dead Serious. By maintaining this consistency, Sewaside lacks the punch in the gut that Dead Serious delivered, but it's still a solid record that completists and newfound fans will equally enjoy. ~ Rob Theakston