Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Redman Project Part 6: Red Gone Wild: Thee Album

Almost 6 years after the release of 2001's "Malpractice", Redman returned with his 6th solo album. After I thought it was a hiatus of sorts, further research showed that this album was delayed by Redman himself and Def Jam, mainly because Red didn't want his album to be under promoted like some of his fellow labelmates before him, which I certainly understand. Also during the gap between solo albums released, we got the usual guest appearances, as well as the "How High" movie and an accompanying soundtrack (also starring Method Man), and a short lived TV series. Honestly I didn't care for the movie, nor have I seen any episodes of the TV series. As you can see, Red was still active, so it was only a matter of time before he dropped another studio album, and that's where 2007's "Red Gone Wild: Thee Album" comes into play.

Release date- March 27, 2007

1. Fire (featuring E3)
Produced By: E3

Dope intro to start things off, as Red does spit fire over a tight, slowed up E3 track.
4 out of 5

2. Bak Inda Buildin
Produced By: Adam Deitch & Chris Pinset

Much like "Fire", Red wastes no time, showing that although it had been a few years since his prior solo album, he hadn't lost a step, and that's clear on this banger.
4 out of 5

3. Put It Down
Produced By: Timbaland

It certainly had been quite some time since Red had done his thing over a Timbaland track. Red definitely "puts it down" over an unmistakable Timbaland track.
4 out of 5

4. Gimmie One
Produced By: Pete Rock

I bet most have forgotten that this exists, or probably have never heard it. Like the joint with Timbaland before it, it had been a long time since Red had blessed a track by Chocolate Boy Wonder Pete Rock, and this is about as dope as you expect.
5 out of 5

5. Fuck Ur Opinion (Skit)
Well, in Red's point of view, the title of this skit says it all.

6. Sumtn' 4 Urrbody (featuring Blam, Runt Dawg, Ready Roc, Saukrates, & Icadon)
Produced By: Adam Deitch & Chris Pinset

This was quite the fast paced song, again showcasing Red's Gilla House proteges.     
3.5 out of 5

7. How U Like Dat (featuring Gov Mattic)
Produced By: Rockwilder

This was another fast paced selection, this time assisted by Gov Mattic. Pretty good, and I like Rockwilder's beat for this one too.
4 out of 5

8. Freestyle Freestyle
Produced By: Scott Storch

Whether Red actually freestyled this or not is irrelevant, it's still dope, and when you listen to it, you do get the legit vibe that it's an actual freestyle.
4 out of 5

9. Walk In Gutta (featuring Erick Sermon, Keith Murray, & Biz Markie)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

With Biz Markie on the hook, we get more good moments when the original Def Squad gets on a track together. Walk in gutta, no doubt.
4 out of 5
10. WutchooGonnaDo (featuring Melanie Rutherford)
Produced By: Ready Roc

Erick Sermon used the same Love Unlimited Orchestra "Midnight Groove" sample on "Last Man Standing", from the EPMD album "Back In Business", and this same sample is nicely worked here, along with the usual dope lyrics from Red, and a nice hook provided by Ms. Rutherford.
4 out of 5

11. Dis Iz Brick City (featuring Ready Roc)
Produced By: DJ Clark Kent

This very apply titled song is good, nothing more or less. Red never has problem biggin up where he's from, which is always understandable.
3.5 out of 5

12. Rite Now 
Produced By: Erick Sermon

A well timed Al Green sample, plus a bangin track provided by Mr. Sermon, punchlines on display from Red? Oh yeah, this is DAMN GOOD.
4.5 out of 5

13. Blow Treez (featuring Method Man & Ready Roc)
Produced By: Watts 

If you don't know what this song is referring to, you have no business reading this review, lol. Just kidding, lol! Either way, although I could've done without the southern styled hook, it's a good song, one I'm sure the smokers enjoy.
4 out of 5

14. Pimp Nutz 
Produced By: Vitamin D

Red, doing it "pimp style", say it ain't so, lol. For all intents and purposes, it's good for what it is.
3.5 out of 5

15. Mr. Ice Cream Man (Skit)
LOL, like mostly all of the skits on Red's album, this is hilarious. Lol.

16. Hold Dis Blaow!
Produced By: Rockwilder   

This was ok, but nothing you'd find yourself revisiting multiple times.
3 out of 5

17. Get Em (featuring Saukrates & Icadon)
Produced By: Tha Chill

Well, this is more of the same here, not much else to say.
3 out of 5

18. Merry Jane (featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg)
Produced By: Rockwilder

Now this is smooth and dope at the same time, and it was a damn near perfect choice for a guest spot from Snoop and a good hook from the late Nate Dogg (RIP).
4 out of 5

19. Gilla House Check 
Produced By: Da Mascot

Man, this is DOPE, yes indeed. Love the lyrics and the production. I was also picturing Jay Z, Beanie Sigel, and Ghostface Killah ALL on this track with Red, because it definitely seemed like a beat that those 3 would work wonders over just like Red.
4.5 out of 5

20. No Mo' Sooperman Luva

21. Sooperman Luva 6, Part 1 (featuring Hurricane G, E3, and Melanie Rutherford)
Produced By: Erick Sermon
The overall score will be posted at the end of the next part. Let's talk about Hurricane G first. Although she's easy on the eyes, I respect her for the contributions she's made with the Def Squad, and I like the role she played on this part 6, but with all due respect, in my view she almost adds nothing to any song I've heard her on, and I don't mean that as disrespect, just telling it like it is. Red of course does his thing as "Sooperman Luva", plus Erick Sermon puts a SIMPLY FUNKY twist on Curtis Mayfield's classic "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)".

22. Sooperman Luva 6 1/2 (featuring Hurricane G and Melanie Rutherford)
Produced By: Omen

This was a good ending for part 6, featuring another dope beat, this time by Omen. Overall I'll go with a 4.5 out of 5 for this installment of the "Sooperman Luva" series. It was CLOSE to a 5 out of 5.

23. Suicide
Produced By: A. Deitch & C. Pinset

Red was hilarious on the hook for this one, lol, but this is dope nonetheless.
4 out of 5

This album was slightly better than I remembered. Red still brought his usual dope lyrics over tight production, however, that's about it here. It was also quietly released in 2007, and with one song clocking in with a 5 out of 5 rating (the Pete Rock produced "Gimmie More"), a couple of "4.5 out of 5" ratings, plus respectable ratings for the other songs, this album is still solid enough to remain at 4 stars, and keep in mind it does slow down a bit towards the end (it picks right back up too). Another notable bit is that while previous Redman albums sold very well, including "Blackout" with Meth, to date "Red Gone Wild: Thee Album" has moved 44,000 copies, which can be attributed to issues with the promotion and an ever changing hip hop world.

Continue to stay tuned, as Part 7 will be "Blackout 2" and I'll be wrapping this project up with the "Reggie" album, which will be part 8.


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