Whut? Thee Album by Redman on Apple Music

21 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

As rap duo EPMD, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith revolutionized Hip-Hop production with their bass heavy, electro-funk derived beats and helped to usher in an era of stone faced street rap with their monotone deliveries. Yet despite the excellence of their production work and the streetwise gravitas of their delivery, they were far from masterful MCs and were constantly looking for lyrically dexterous protégés to spit over their head-nod inducing beats. In Newark, New Jersey’s Redman they found their most talented and charismatic champion. Though Redman’s early appearances on EPMD tracks were galvanizing, little could have prepared Hip-Hop listeners for the lyrical onslaught of Whut? Thee Album. Though Redman is occasionally dismissed as little more than a lyrical prankster, the raw skill on display on tracks like “Time 4 Sum Akson” and the aptly titled “Blow Your Mind” can hardly be ignored. Most MC’s this gifted would spend the majority of their time bragging about their lyrical abilities, but Redman is always refreshingly modest and turns his unparalleled virtuosity into a host of uproarious punch lines and delightful non sequiturs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As rap duo EPMD, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith revolutionized Hip-Hop production with their bass heavy, electro-funk derived beats and helped to usher in an era of stone faced street rap with their monotone deliveries. Yet despite the excellence of their production work and the streetwise gravitas of their delivery, they were far from masterful MCs and were constantly looking for lyrically dexterous protégés to spit over their head-nod inducing beats. In Newark, New Jersey’s Redman they found their most talented and charismatic champion. Though Redman’s early appearances on EPMD tracks were galvanizing, little could have prepared Hip-Hop listeners for the lyrical onslaught of Whut? Thee Album. Though Redman is occasionally dismissed as little more than a lyrical prankster, the raw skill on display on tracks like “Time 4 Sum Akson” and the aptly titled “Blow Your Mind” can hardly be ignored. Most MC’s this gifted would spend the majority of their time bragging about their lyrical abilities, but Redman is always refreshingly modest and turns his unparalleled virtuosity into a host of uproarious punch lines and delightful non sequiturs.

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About Redman

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 always tough -- an approach that rarely wavered throughout the remainder of his career. Each of Redman's successive releases during the '90s, including Dare Iz a Darkside (1994), Muddy Waters (1996), and Doc's da Name (1999), went gold in the U.S. He was also established as a member of the EPMD-led Def Squad (initially known as the Hit Squad), which put together El Niño (another gold-seller) in 1998. Blackout!, issued a year later, solidified a longtime partnership with Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. The duo went on to star in the 2001 movie How High, a comedy made for weed smokers, as well as a less successful and short-lived television show (Method & Red) that aired nine episodes on Fox in 2004. Redman released only two solo albums, Malpractice (2001) and Red Gone Wild (2007) during the first decade of the 2000s, but he did close it out with Method Man via Blackout! 2 (2009). The MC's seventh solo album, Reggie, appeared in 2010. ~ Andy Kellman & Ron Wynn

  • ORIGIN
    Newark, NJ
  • BORN
    Apr 17, 1970

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