Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Redman Project Part 6: Malpractice

After blessing us with four excellent solo albums (three of them classics) and the DOPE "Blackout" album with Method Man, he took a much needed break from hip hop, even though he got in a few guest appearances here and there. Leading up to the release of his 4th album, "Malpractice", hip hop was going through some very noticeable changes, which is certainly another discussion for another day. Does these changes affect Redman this time around? Well, let's revisit "Malpractice" and go from here!

(Interesting fact: I initially copped this album the same day Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" dropped, 9/11/2001, all while heavily thinking about the all too familiar events that day too.)


Release date- May 22, 2001


1. Roller Coaster Malpractice (Intro)
Lol, this intro is about what you would expect.

2. Diggy Doc
Produced By: Erick Sermon
 
After that silly intro, lol, we kick things off here in a dope way, as Red remakes one of D.O.C.'s classics, "The Doc & The Doctor". Although it doesn't come close to the original, Red still does a damn good job, bringing his tally of remakes to 3/3.
4 out of 5

3. Lick A Shot
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Man, Red was spittin on this one. Mostly punchlines, little to no humor, straight dopeness. It was also a good lead in to the next song.
5 out of 5

4. Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get In The Club)
Produced By: Rockwilder
Guest Vocals by DJ Kool

Oh man, I like this one more and more each time I listen to it, and it's probably one of Red's most underrated songs. If someone like Red can't get in a club, this is what you get. DJ Kool's energy on the hook adds a lot to this too. 
5 out of 5

5. Wkya (Drop)
Produced By: Da Mascot

This one felt more like a skit than an actual song. Brief, but still dope.
4 out of 5

6. 2-Way Madness (Skit)
This skit was a trip, lol. A guy is getting random, threatening text messages (LONG before texting was the IN thing, plus I also recognized the Jay-Z Streets Is Watching tone), next thing you know he gets blown away in an apparent set up by his girl. Then, she gets blown away RIGHT after she pays the killers off. Wow, sounds like something out of a movie don't it, lol?. And that brings us to.....

7. Real Niggaz (featuring Scarface, Treach, Mally G, and Icarus)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Over a thumpin Erick Sermon beat, all five MCs BLESS this one, especially Scarface, and considering the roll he was on at this point, it was no surprise he came with lyrical heat for this. 
5 out of 5

8. Uh-Huh 
Produced By: Saukrates

Smooth lil joint right here, no doubt. I almost called this a "cool down" moment.
4 out of 5

9. Da Bullshit (featuring Icarus)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Icarus almost steals the show here, as his verse is just as tight as Red's is.
4 out of 5

10. Who Wants To F*** A Millionaire (Skit)
I'm sure you've heard of "Who Wants To Be Millionaire" right? Well, leave it to Red to turn it upside down with his sense of humor, LOL. The ending part is hilarious too, lol.

11. Enjoy Da Ride (featuring Method Man, Streetlife, and Saukrates)
Produced By: Diverse 

This is one hell of a ride right here, and of course everyone brings it over a nice Diverse beat.
4 out of 5

12. Jerry Swinger Stickup (Skit)
LOL, and the laughs continue. 

13. J.U.M.P.
Produced By: Erick Sermon
Additional Vocals by George Clinton

This was another dope song, a definite "hip hop funk" type track provided by Erick Sermon.
4 out of 5

14. Muh Fucka
Produced By: DJ Twinz

In true Redman fashion, he ends every line here with "muh fucka", and it's all over the hook too. Have I also said this man has a way with words too, lol?!
4 out of 5

15. Bricks Two (featuring D-Don, Double O, Roz, Shooga Bear, and Pacewon,
Produced By: Erick Sermon    
 
Much like "Close Ya Doorz" on the "Doc's Da Name 2000" album, Red steps aside to allow some of his then proteges to shine (pre-Gilla House). They mostly do a good job, nothing spectacular though.
3.5 out of 5

16. Wrong 4 Dat (featuring Keith Murray)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Although this one ends somewhat abruptly, it's another good one. Keith Murray, who usually delivers a dope verse, seemed tired on this one. Don't get me wrong, his verse was not wack, but considering what he was capable of, he could've brought something better.
3.5 out of 5

17. Judge Juniqua (Skit)
LOL, a ghetto version of "The People's Court" on audio display.

18. Dat Bitch (featuring Missy Elliott)
Produced By: Mascot  

You know how Red can get when it comes to the opposite sex, and this song is a clear example of that. Missy was a good fit for this one too.
4 out of 5

19. Doggz II (featuring DMX)
Produced By: Da Mascot

I'm a DMX fan too, so you know I like this dope joint with Red. Call me crazy, lol, but I'm deducting some points because X didn't kick a verse on this one. And yes, this was the sequel to "D.O.G.S." from "Doc's Da Name 2000".
4.5 out of 5

20. What I'ma Do Now
Produced By: Rockwilder

Borrowing from the ending of Puff Daddy's classic "Victory", this was a good song (nothing dope, respectively). A smart move to put it towards the end of the album.
3.5 out of 5

21. Sooperman Luva V (Part 1)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

This had a "throwback vibe" when you take in the previous four parts. And the rating for this will be included in the second part.

22. Sooperman Luva V (Part 2)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Overall, V was very good, but I felt like something was missing from it.
4 out of 5

23. Smash Sumthin
Produced By: Adam F, Co-Produced By: DJ Destruction 

This is one apply titled closer, and when on the mic, Red indeed smashes things, so get out of his way, lol!!
4 out of 5


Although "Let's Get Dirty" made a little noise in 2001, when compared to his previous albums, this one was almost on no one's radar when it dropped, and again, you can attribute that to the changes hip hop was encountering back in 2001, mostly heading towards a more commercial side, plus the South was silently beginning it's dominance, for better or worse. We still have two more solo albums to get to before I actually determine which is his most underrated. Overall, "Malpractice" is a damn good album, and with 3 songs clocking in at a "5 out of 5", one at "4.5 out of 5", ten with "4 out of 5" ratings, and the rest coming in at "3.5 out of 5", that all but jumps this rating up from 3.5 stars to a solid 4 star rating. Plus the success continued, as this album was certified Gold almost two months to the day it was released. And if you haven't played it in a long time, revisit it, you may find yourself liking it more than you did when you first heard it.

Next up, Red takes another hiatus, basically an extended one before blessing us with "Red Gone Wild: Thee Album" in 2007.

       
        

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