Friday, August 9, 2013

The Redman Project Part 4: Doc's Da Name 2000

After 1996's critically acclaimed "Muddy Waters", Redman returned in 1998 with his fourth studio album, "Doc's Da Name 2000". How does this album measure up to his first three classic albums? We shall see!


Release date- December 8, 1998

1. Welcome 2 Da Bricks
An appropriately titled intro for sure, with a touch of humor that only Redman can provide.

2. Let Da Monkey Out
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"I got zits on ya face that can't wait to bump"
"Runny nose every time Doc exchange a blow"

Red sure knows how to deliver a slammin opener, and when you think of prior openers, "Time 4 Sum Aksion", "Bobyahed2dis", and "Iz He 4 Real", you can definitely add "Let Da Monkey Out" to that list of tight openers. Also, the monkey sounds were a nice touch.
5 out of 5

3. I'll Bee Dat
Produced By: Rockwilder

"I stay in front like handicap parking"

The hook here is funny as hell, but make no mistake about it, this is classic Redman.
5 out of 5

4. Get It Live
Produced By: Erick Sermon

The bangers continue, as Red brings the lyrical muscle (punchlines galore) on this one.
5 out of 5

5. Who Took Da Satelite Van? (Skit)
Lol, Red's consistent trend of hilarious skits continue. Just look at the title of this, lol.

6. Jersey Yo!
Produced By: Reggie Noble, Co-Produced By: Gov-Mattic

Red delivers a WORTHY remake of Ice Cube's classic "Once Upon A Time In The Projects".
5 out of 5

7. Close Ya Doorz (featuring Double O, Tame, Diezzel Don, Roz, Gov-Mattic, & Young Z)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Red doesn't make an appearance here, but he gives the spotlight to fellow MCs, known then as "The Brick City" for this one. All involved do a good job with their verses, but man, Tame absolutely steals the show
4.5 out of 5

8. I Don't Kare
Produced By: Erick Sermon, Co-Produced By: Reggie Noble

You know, I was going to give a more detailed reason behind this song, but I went against it. It's a fairly apply titled song to be sure, and Red makes it clear (with a Noreaga/Superthug sample) what he doesn't care about. And can you blame him?!
4 out of 5

9. Boodah Break
Produced By: Erick Sermon

This was definitely a break after receiving all of those continuous bangers.

10. Million Chicken Head March (2 Hot 4 TV) Skit
All I could do was LOL at this skit.

11. Keep On 99
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Other than an out of place N.W.A. sample (She Swallowed It), this is a "smooth banger". I like this one right here.
4.5 out of 5

12. We All Rite Cha
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Well, put Red and Meth over a tight Erick Sermon production and you get hip hop greatness.
5 out of 5

13. Pain In Da Ass Stewardess (Skit)
Lol, a plane is the last place you need someone nagging you. I'm not speaking from experience, lol, as I have yet to fly. And leave it to Red to turn this into a hilarious hi-jacking on a plane, lol.

14. Da Goodness (featuring Busta Rhymes)
Produced By: Reggie Noble 

Let's see, two DOPE verses by Red, an equally DOPE verse by Busta, tight beat. Yes indeed, this was "da goodness" all around.
5 out of 5

15. My Zone (featuring Markie & Shooga Bear)
Produced By: Reggie Noble

This was good, although it seems to end just as you're about to get into it.
3 out of 5

16. Da Da DaHHH
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Odd song title aside, lol, this was pretty good, with Red even throwing some bits and pieces in regarding when he first wanted to get into hip hop.
4 out of 5

17. G.P.N. (Skit)
LOL, oh God, the "Ghetto Psychic Network", can you imagine if SUCH a thing existed?

18. Down South Funk (featuring Erick Sermon & Keith Murray)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

I didn't hear any "down south" influence, lyrically or production wise, on this one showcasing the Def Squad. Good overall.
4 out of 5

19. D.O.G.S.
Produced By: Erick Sermon

In true Redman fashion, this is a shout out to all the homies and fellow MCs for what they do best.
5 out of 5

20. Beet Drop
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Remember one of Beastie Boys classics "It's The New Style"? Take that instrumental and add in Redman doing his best impersonation of them. The "Red-Beasties", lol.

21. We Got Da Satelite Van! (Skit)
Lol, it continues and ends.

22. Brick City Mashin
Produced By: Erick Sermon

I like that title, "Brick City Mashin". It was perfectly sequenced too, as I certainly couldn't have pictured this in the middle of the album, or even towards the beginning.
3.5 out of 5

23. Soopaman Luva IV (featuring Dave Hollister)
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Although this 4th part was dope, it doesn't hold a candle to the previous three. Less of a story this time around, but that's not a knock on an otherwise dope song.
4.5 out of 5

24. I Got A Seecret
Produced By: Roni Size

Roni Size's beat could've been deemed as "experimental" even by 1998 standards, but nonetheless, Red does a good job, even with the "double time" flow for a few moments.
3.5 out of 5


While not on the level of his first three albums, this is another excellent album in Redman's discography, and it's almost never talked about. Is it his most underrated? It's possible, but then again we still have a few more albums to go to make that determination. Lyrically he was still on point and the production, while still dope, was a SMALL step down from his previous albums. With 4 straight "5 out of 5" rated songs, and the majority of the others clocking it at "4 out of 5" or better, I have no problem "upgrading" the rating from my initial 4 star rating to a solid 4.5. The success for Red also continued, as this album went platinum within 2 months of its release.


Next up, before we get to 2001's "Malpractice", I'll be taking a look at his debut joint album with Method Man, "Blackout", which will also be my first ever joint post with fellow blogger Chris D.





 


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