Chances are he’s one of your favorite’s
rappers’ favorite rappers Redman.
He’s been in the game over a decade,
but he always goes under the radar on
people's list of top MC’s/ rappers
in the game.
This despite the hard lyrics, the comical
interludes and familiar characters that
have developed over the solo albums, What
Thee Album (1992), Dare Iz A Darkside
(1994), Muddy Waters (1996), Doc’s
Da Name 2000 (1998) and Malpractice (2001).
This is despite the collaborations with
the Def Squad El Nino, (1998) and Method
Man (Blackout, 1999 and How High The Soundtrack).
For some reason people forget that Redman
has never suffered a major drop-off and
had to come back.
He hasn’t had to use every big
name producer hot at
that time, just in majority Erick Sermon.
Redman hasn’t had major beef and
had to save grace and face, he hasn’t
had to. He has the respect of the game
and people in it.
He’s been affiliated with Def Jam
and Russell Simmons for years and never
had to leave and never been carted to
the side for the next “it”
They forget he held down his squad: Def
Squad amid Keith Murray’s imprisonment,
EPMD’s break-up, reunion and break-up
again and Sermon’s struggles as
a solo artist.
And not only has he survived but he’s
turning his face into one can see out
of music videos as well with Right Guard
commercials, MTV’s Busted series
and the 2001 movie How High (all with
partner in crime Method
Man along side) being the best examples.
He has a reputation of being a tree smoker,
a claim to which he doesn’t deny,
but if you think that’s the only
hook he can hang his hat on you must not
have caught his albums (and probably the
90’s as well).
So before you think you know all there
is to know about Hip Hop I suggest you
recognize the MC who proclaimed (and with
good reason) “must we forget, I
originated all wow sh-t that rahhh - rahhh
sh-t, that jump up, get ready to f—k
sh-t up now sh-t,”.
His albums are easy enough to get. You
could head to your local record store
and drop the $15 or use other methods
(like taking you brother’s copy).
And after you’ve gotten on track
with the “Funk Doctor Spot”
you can do some extra credit and search
out these crazy cuts not on his albums.
Use caution when listening or you may
have found yourself a new favorite artist.
“I Got My Mind Made Up”,
2-Pac’s All Eyez On Me double album,
1996 – This cut featuring Method
Man as well is one of the best collaborations
“Off The Wall”, Nutty Professor
2 Soundtrack, 2000 – 8 Miles’
own Eminem stands back to back with Redman
as they go insane on track straight out
of a video game box.
“Buck 50”, Ghostface Killah’s
Supreme Clientele, 2000
– Joins the Wu’s Face, Cappadonna,
and Meth and gives you lines like “pulling
masks so you know it’s me and your
weed got more seed than O.D.B.”.
“4,3,2,1,”, LL Cool J’s
Phenomenon, 1997 - This hit had the streets
jumping with Master P, Method Man, Canibus
and DMX also lending their skills. Redman
shines from his first line.
“K.I.M.”, EPMD’s Back
in Business, 1999 – joins Def Squad
mates Sermon and Murray to light a fire
into EPMD’s comeback LP.
“Simon Says Remix”, Pharoahe
Monch’s Internal Affairs, 1999 –
A mega cut also featuring Busta Rhymes,
Lady Luck, Meth, and Shabaam Sahdeeq.
This one is sure to please.
“Lose My Cool”, SWV’s
Release Some Tension, 1997 – A sleeper,
Redman gives you his perspective at the
end as the lovely ladies of SWV give you
glorious details in the beginning.
“Beast From The East”, Lost
Boyz’s Love, Peace, And Nappiness,
1997 – This cut also featuring Canibus,
and A+, Red gives out great lyrics (and
warning, remember he is from Jersey) when
he spits “ My la familia, is ultimate
superior, we don’t jack cars, we
jack aircraft carriers!”
“Funkorama”, Erick Sermon’s
Insomnia Compilation Album, 1996 –
Self produced, with Q-Tip on the hook,
this track is one of the few solo cuts
you’ll hear Reggie Noble on that
isn’t on his albums. He’s
usually always with someone else, always
“Reverse”, P Diddy’s
(formerly known as Puff Daddy) Forever,
1999 – Hidden in the track and not
on the track listing, Redman kills this
joint (no pun intended) that also features
Sauce Money, Beanie Segal, Busta, Ceelo,
Shyne and G-Dep.
Get with these tracks and enjoy the ride
that’s only begun in the artist
known as Redman.
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Peace not war.