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Once a member of Erick Sermon’s formidable Hit Squad, Newark MC Redman has managed to maintain an appealingly laid back demeanor in spite of the staggering commercial success of albums like Muddy Waters and Doc’s Da Name. Though numerous film projects and television appearances have inflated Redman’s public persona to cartoonishly outlandish proportions, Redman has never allowed his extra-musical fame to interfere with his MCing, and his performances on Red Gone Wild, his sixth album for Def-Jam, prove that his skills on the mic remain as formidable as ever. The album sports trunk-rattling beats from Erick Sermon, dusty funk from Pete Rock, and appropriately old-school tinged contributions from a host of talented new comers, few of which would have sounded out of place on his earlier albums. Though Redman thrives when rhyming on familiar territory, as on the defiantly anachronistic mid ‘90s thump of “Walk In Gutta”, he sounds painfully out of touch on the aptly named “Sumtn’ 4 Urrbody” which sees him catering to the lowest common denominator over ponderous crunk-lite production. For the most part however, Red Gone Wild is vintage Redman, as vital and inspiring as anything he’s created.

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Return of a Living Legend

A full six years since his last LP, Redman finally dropped what is probably hip hop's most delayed album not named "Dretox." "Red Gone Wild: Thee Album" is a completely refreshing, hilarious, and satisfying release from a hip hop legend that totally stands tall even when compared to his 90s classics. What I have always loved about Redman is that the more things change, the more he stays the same. His hilarious punchlines, wild flow, and unique quirks never grow old, although this album is very fresh sounding and sounds quite updated. Erick Sermon handles most of the production, which I was ecstatic about, because he is one of my favorite producers and he and Redman are a match made in heaven. Scott Storch and a Pete Rock, among others, also contribute beats. His funky, bass-heavy, and upbeat productions bring nostalgia of Def Squad's heyday but mostly just entertain. It wouldn't be a great Redman album without Soopaman Luva, and he appears in all his greatness on the album's last songs. The skits are hilarious, especially "Mr. Ice Cream Man." In the way that Ghostface Killah introduced his Theodore Unit Crew on "Fishscale" and "More Fish," Redman takes the opportunity to present his young rap posse, the Gilla House. These rappers appear on a good deal of the songs, and shouts of "Gilla House!" and "Brick City!" are heard throughout the album. While these rappers are all okay, they can't touch Reggie Noble, and I would rather hear him rap than any of them. The only other complaint I would have is the album's running length, it's a little too long and having less than 23 tracks might make it a little easier to digest. "Red Gone Wild" is the finest album of 2007 thus far and will please his longtime fans in a huge way. The first song is the introductory "Fire," which features E3 and announces the return of Reggie Noble in grand fashion, and the punchline-filled "Bak Inda Buildin" serves the same purpose. The first single, "Put It Down," is a good mainstream track that I could see getting spins at the club, but it doesn't compromise any of his style at all and the beat is excellent. "Gimmie One" is a little odd sounding, but enjoyable. The posse cut "Sumtn 4 Urrbody" is okay, and the bouncy "How U Like Dat" makes up in its funkiness. I really liked "Freestyle Freestyle," which has a great beat and is a lyrical highlight. The Def Squad reunion "Walk in Gutta" also has an unlikely appearance from legend Biz Markie, and I just loved hearing Sermon, Redman, and Keith Murray together on the mic again, it's exactly what hip hop needs. "Wutchoogonnado" is classic Redman, sample lyric: "I'm in your college campus corridor / they should call me Uno the way I make y'all draw four." Erick Sermon's beat on "Diz Iz Brick Easy" brings to mind something off the Def Squad album "El Nino." My favorite song, though, was definitely "Rite Now," which is blessed with Sermon's best beat on the album. The Al Green sample and funky instrumentals are quintessential Erick Sermon, and Reggie totally does it justice. "Blow Treez" is an ode to weed featuring partner-in-crime Method Man and Ready Roc, with a Mike Jones-style chorus. "Pimp Nutz" is anthemic, excellent, and the aforementioned hilarious skit precedes the crazy "Hold Dis Blaow!" Another Gilla House posse cut comes before the great "Merry Jane," which features Snoop and Nate Dogg. This collaboration has a great production vibe, it's a gorgeous summertime-type cut that brings out the best in all three performers. "Gilla House Check" uses a familiar sample from Nas's "Made You Look." The most exciting part for me came at the end, which marks the return of Reggie Noble's superpowered alter-ego, Soopaman Luva, as he embarks on yet another wild and crazy adventure, and like always, I can ensure it'll have you laughing quickly. From the opening lyric ("What up, yo, it's the Soopaman Luva / I'm about five minutes from out ya baby's motha,") it's plain to see that Red is back in full effect. The album ends with "Suicide," which is based around a sample from Snoop Dogg's classic "Serial Killa." This album was pretty much everything I could have hoped for in a new Redman album. He shows that even though his career is 15 years deep, he still is as entertaining as ever, and his fans will love it. I hope Def Jam will put some promotion behind this where they didn't for both of Ghostface's albums and Method Man's "4:21...The Day After," because it seems like those albums were ignored by the label. After this I know I'll eagerly be anticipating "Muddy Waters 2." This is a funny, musically interesting and complete work that can really only be described as a Redman album.

Perfect for today

This album is such a breath of fresh air, I cant name a bad CD.Aside from Devin the Dude and El-Ps albums, this is the best of the year so far.Im so happy this was finally released, ima be listening to it for days.Although every track is pretty sollid, especially Blow Treez w/ Dirrty Meth and Ready Roc and the best song, Dis iz Brick City, his freestle is as always where he shines.My only complaint is some beats sound similar, but this is OK since Reds flow kills it.Cop It.

finally, the first good rap album to come out this year.....

Only two can describe this album...straight fire. Straight fire from start to finish. If you look at iTunes top song downloads, some of the songs include these...Pop Lock And Drop It, This Is Why Im Hot, and some song by crime mob. On that same list, the top 100 hip hop downloaded songs, there is no redman. theres also no game. no nas. WHAT THE F**K? This shows that the hip hop with good lyricsm, good beats and originality is pretty much gone. some songs in that list are actually good, like i tried by bone thugz, and last night by diddy these songs are respectable and somewhat original. But this album is definitley original. with old skool beats and funny skits in almost every other song. this is the definition of the hip hop that we have that is almost failing to be noticed. not by true fans, but the younger generation (even though im still in high school i still think its the younger generation) who have no respect for the ledgends (beside big and pac). i no people will get pissed if i say this, but if big and pac were never shot, theyd probably be in the same position as rappers like redman are in now. i guarantee you, for example, if the game was shot right now and killed, he would automatically be named a ledgend. pac and big were definitley ledgends, but gained huge attention for being shot. i no this has nothing to do with red gone wild, but i had to say it. but this is a bad example because even though im white, ill criticize the stupid white kids. if u asked any stupid white kid you know yelling "this is why im hot" they probably wouldnt know big and pac.... but any ways, heres the lowdown: Best Songs (Not counting Put It Down) 1. Whatchoogonnadoo 2. How U Like Dat 3. Merry Jane 4. Walk In Gutta 5. Freestyle Freestyle


Born: April 17, 1970 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Never quite a superstar, Redman was nonetheless one of the most off-the-wall, beloved, and enduring rappers of the '90s and 2000s. Born Reginald Noble in Newark, NJ, he made his initial impact on EPMD's 1990 album Business as Usual and stepped out as a solo artist with 1992's Whut? Thee Album, one of the year's best debuts, rap or otherwise. He blended reggae and funk influences with topical commentary and displayed a terse though fluid vocal style that was sometimes satirical, sometimes silly, and...
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