Friday, June 20, 2014

The Full Redman Project [Repost]

I presented the first part of my previous Redman project on July 19, 2013. So with that being said, I decided to go ahead and turn this Redman project into a full one, all nine parts rolled into one, with a few changes along the way. Enjoy!


After previous projects on Nas, Masta Ace, Rakim, Ghostface Killah, and The Notorious B.I.G., all of whom are in my top 10 favorite MCs of all time, I'm back at it again with another project for an MC that's in my top 10, and that would be Redman! After lacing EPMD's "Hardcore" from their third album, "Business As Usual", all eyes were on his 1992 debut "Whut Thee Album". and with most of the production handled by Erick Sermon (and Red himself), along with the DOPE lyrics to match, this was definitely a can't miss project. So without further ado, let's get to the full Redman project, beginning with "Whut Thee Album"!!






Release date: September 22, 1992



All songs produced by Redman & Erick Sermon

 
1. Psycho Ward
This Dr. Trevis, one of Redman's alter ego's if you ask me, sets this intro with a tone all but saying, "prepare for what your ears are about to witness!"

2. Time 4 Sum Aksion


"Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!"
 
Talk about one HELL of a classic opener, and whoever made the decision to start the album with this deserves a lot of credit. MOST Redman songs will fall under the simple, yet effective practice, if you will, of dope beats and rhymes, and this song is one of them!
5 out of 5


3. Da Funk
 
This song sort of ends abruptly, but it's still good. "Da funk" indeed.
4 out of 5


4. News Break

5. So Ruff
 
A lot of Red's songs will be apply/appropriately titled, and this is a good example. Over a nice beat with oh so familiar samples courtesy of Parliament, Red is nice on the mic, and he also has a sense of humor but STILL tight with his. More on this later.
5 out of 5


6. Rated "R"
 
Red might've named this song "Rated R", but he's ANYTHING BUT restricted on this song. Most of his lines may make you laugh here, but he's still hardcore/grimey with his and that comes across clearly. 
5 out of 5


7. Watch Yo Nuggets
Featuring Erick Sermon
 
Over another nice Parliament sample ("Atomic Dog"), this is more dopeness. I still can't help but laugh at Sermon's "singing" in the middle ("Heyyy...... Erick Sermon........ heyyyaaayyyyy!"). Also, Red's verse is SO humorously dope.
5 out of 5


8. Psycho Dub
"Just relax"


9. Jam 4 U
 
I remember saying a few weeks ago, as of this posting, that this was my least favorite song on the album. Well, I changed my mind, lol! The dopeness continues.
5 out of 5

10. Blow Your Mind



"Press rewind if I haven't blow ya mind!!!!!"


This is another one of Red's most memorable songs. still holds up today. I love that Gap Band sample from "Outstanding" too.
5 out of 5


11. Hardcore
 
This is the verse that started it all.
5 out of 5


12. Funky Uncles
Red starts a trend with the hilarious skits that would be a focal point of his albums, almost of much as the music. The music still comes first though!


13. Redman Meets Reggie Noble 
  
The title says it all and it's rather interesting. We don't see this type of creativity in hip hop anymore.
5 out of 5


14. Tonight's Da Night


"Now turn the volume a notch, and watch da ba bump, ba bump, make ya speakers pump!"


Classic, and again, another one of Red's most memorable songs and it's one of my favorites by him. 
5 out of 5


15. Blow Your Mind (Remix)
 
Not as dope as the original, but still worth a listen of course.
5 out of 5


16. I'm A Bad

 "My song still pumps even though it's not mastered bitch!!"


I kinda look at this as an "unofficial" continuation of "Rated R".
5 out of 5


17. Sessed One Night


18. How To Roll A Blunt
Co-Produced By: Pete Rock

Well, like you need to know what this song is about. All the smokers can relate to this one, no doubt.
5 out of 5


19. Sooper Luver Interview
This interview leads up into......

20. A Day of Sooperman Lover

"I smoke mad n***** so to hell wit cigarettes!"


And so, this would be the first part in the Sooperman Lover, and it serves as one hell of an introduction.
5 out of 5 
 
21. Encore
This becomes important as we head into Red's 1994 sophomore album, "Dare Iz A Darkside".



Man, I like this album more and more each time I listen to it, even though it's been part of my collection for years. Not only is the production a NICE mix of hip hop and classic R&B/Soul and funk samples, Redman is ON POINT when he's on the mic, combining hardcore/ruff rhymes with an unmatched sense of humor. He makes you laugh most of the time, but make no mistake about it, there's no one like him when he's flowing, and this debut is a PRIME example of that. Straight classic and of course it still holds up today.


5 stars
 





After his classic 1992 debut "Whut Thee Album", Redman returned two years later with another highly anticipated album, "Dare Iz A Darkside". Now, one glance at that album cover at the time, I automatically knew Redman was going to give us something unique, but still dope at the same time. The production here was largely handled by Red himself and Erick Sermon again (nothing bad about that at all), and one thing I want to highlight before I begin with talking about the album is my rating for it. Over the years, I have went from 4.5 stars to 5 stars and back. This portion will determine my rating once and for all!



Release date- November 22, 1994


1. Dr. Trevis
The album picks up where "Whut Thee Album" left off, and that's with a BRIEF audio clip of "Encore, and from there we head right into the intro from Dr. Trevis, which certainly sets the tone for this album.


2. Bobyahed2dis 
Produced By: Reggie Noble and Rockwilder
 
 "And I don't have to be a special ed to get dumb!"
 
Well, it was a GOOD decision to start this album with this banger, and if you weren't bobbin ya head to dis, you were listening to the wrong song, lol. With that being said, Red wastes no time with dopeness on the mic.
5 out of 5


3. Journey Throo Da Darkside 
Produced By: Reggie Noble, Co-Produced By: Erick Sermon
 
Well, this was a dope ass, lyrical journey through the darkside I can tell you that, and it was a nice follow up to "Bobyahed2dis".
5 out of 5


4. Da Journee 
Produced By: Reggie Noble
 
I told you that this was something unique, lol. In this case, look at the title of the previous song, then look at this one. Different huh, lol? It's all good, plus he was a little more relaxed on this song. The (dope) journee continues!
4 out of 5

5. A Million And 1 Buddah Spots
Produced By: Erick Sermon, Co-Produced By: Redman
 
Man, throw this joint on in your ride, turn the volume up, and not only will you find yourself bobbin ya head, but it serious KNOCKS, no question about that. Red drops a few funny lines here, but overall it's still incredibly dope.
5 out of 5


6. Noorotic 
Produced By: Rockwilder, Co-Produced By: Redman

"Talkin shit about me when I'm drivin by slowly
Sayin I'm this and that when half y'all punks don't even know me
Now just for that I'll let ya girl suck my d*** from the back
And let ya moms give me cornrows on my crack
Cause I'm nasty like that!"

LOL, wow Red! I still laugh at that one every time I listen to it. Aside from the dope/humorous lines from Red here, I feel the most notable part of this song is in the middle, when he stops the record, proceeds to "have VERY brief sex with a woman", then jump back on the mic. Now THAT was unheard of in 1994, and I doubt it's been tried since, even by Red himself, lol!
4 out of 5

7. Boodah Session

8. Cosmic Slop 
Featuring Erick Sermon & Keith Murray
Produced By: Reggie Noble, Co-Produced By: Erick Sermon
 
To this day, I STILL have NO idea what a "cosmic slop" is, lol. Other than that, we have the three members of the Def Squad in full force. All 3 have dope verses, but I feel Keith Murray may have stole the show on this one.
4 out of 5


9. Rockafella (R.I.P.)
I would find out years after later that the guy on this brief interlude was a rapper that Redman had taken under his wing, but he died under circumstances I'm still not aware of as I type this. I've always said that this brief sample showed what he was capable of, and he was pretty dope flowing over this beat. RIP


10. Rockafella
Produced By: Reggie Noble

"Are there any more imitators in the house? There are no
Buss like NBA Jam so you can have Chicago"


One of the more underrated Redman joints right here. Dope all around.
5 out of 5


11. Green Island
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Man, again, Red is so hilariously dope here, including a rather funny "verse" by Uncle Quilly towards the end, which I HAVE to quote here:

 "Now sit your big ass down cause I don't know about this rap stuff
There wasn't rap when I was pickin cotton, sayin massah
Y'all young whippersnappas, wit ya caps on backwards
Man, y'all fuck around wit Quilly I'll kick a bone out yo ass quick
Watch out now, I ain't bullshittin
I represent the O O O O OGs from 43 gotdammit
And if you keep on wit that dirty mistreatin
I'm gon whoop yo ass till ya heart stop beatin gotdammit!"

LOL

Like I said before, he makes you laugh, but at the same time you can never deny those skills on the mic.
5 out of 5


12. Basically
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Red does drop jewels on this one, not to mention asking a few legit questions, and STILL being humorous at the same time. Wow.  I'm actually torn on the rating, lol.
4.5-5 out of 5


13. Can't Wait 
Produced By: Erick Sermon, Co-Produced By: Redman



Over a NICELY used, unmistakable Mary Jane Girls sample, "All Night Long", this is classic Redman, one of his most popular songs overall.  And the ending of this song is one of many things that sums up Redman in one fell swoop:

"Word to Dan Tan Pillow and Cool B
Switchin speeds like Bruce Lee ridin a Fuji in a movie
I drop it on the one, fuck the two, three
Funky like a box of coochies on loose leaf"

"Yo yo, I said switchin up speeds, like Bruce Lee, ridin a Fuji, in a movie. Ah heh, I be sayin some shit. Now, if you did't get it, laugh now, AND THEN FIGURE THE SHIT OUT WHEN YOU GET HOME!!!!!" (Laughs)

LOL

5 out of 5


14. Winicumuhround 
Produced By: Erick Sermon, Co-Produced By: Reggie Noble

The dopeness continues. Kinda hard to follow "Can't Wait" though.
4 out of 5


15. Wuditlooklike 
Produced By: Reggie Noble

You know, the next time I talk to one of my homeboys, I'm going to ask this question, "wuditlooklike", lol, thanks to this good song. He answers this question throughout the song too.
4 out of 5


16. Slide And Rock On
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Red invites you to "slide and rock on", on this apply titled song.
4 out of 5


17. Sooperman Luva II 
Produced By: Reggie Noble

The adventures of Sooperman Luva continues on the second part of this humorously dope series.
5 out of 5


18. We Run N.Y.  
Featuring Hurricane Gee
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Well, Red does his thing as usual here, however, with all due respect, Hurricane Gee adds nothing to this song. The effort was there, but lyrically she wasn't saying much.
4 out of 5


19. Dr. Trevis (Signs Off)


20. Tonight's Da Nite (Reprise)  
Produced By: Reggie Noble
What a dope reprise/closing this was. Almost sounded like it could've made "Whut Thee Album".
5 out of 5



Wow, now I can see why I've always said that this was my favorite Redman album (and trust me, that's going to be CHALLENGED when I get to "Muddy Waters" next). I can already tell you that I'm going with the full monty on this one, re-awarding it the 5 star rating, yes indeed! The "dark" vibe that Redman went for on this album WORKED. Even though it may have turned a few fans off (I doubt it after all these years), he embraced a new direction for his sophomore album, and it was a smart move to not remain with it for the rest of his career, because chances are it would've grown tiresome very quickly. I can also honestly say that this may be his most creative album. Of course the dope beats and rhymes, and the WELL TIMED humor were all still present, but there's a (newly recognized) creative energy on this album that you don't get on his debut or the albums that followed, respectively, and that's what makes it SO good. The numbers definitely didn't lie, as the album was certified Gold in January of 1995, some two months after its release. Overall, 5 stars for this album. It's still dope as hell and has aged very well.




After 1994's classic and creative "Dare Iz A Darkside", Redman was becoming firmly established in hip hop, all while getting better in the process. 1995 saw the birth of his long time partnership with Method Man, culminating in the classic "How High" (the original and remix) and having possibly the best chemistry on the mic ever. I can already tell you that this album does hold up today, and one of the reasons why I'm excited about reviewing it is determining once and for all which Red album is my undisputed favorite, between this one and "Dare Iz A Darkside". As with his first two albums, the production is largely handled by Red and Erick Sermon, with a few special guests along the way.


Release date- December 10, 1996


1. Intro
"Redman wake up, wake up Redman wake up, this is album 3". Time for another journey!


2. Iz He 4 Real
Produced By: Erick Sermon & Reggie Noble

"Iz he 4 real, he can't be", well Red certainly is, and that question is answered on this brief, bangin opener.
5 out of 5


3. Rock Da Spot
Produced By: Erick Sermon & Tyrone Fyffe

Another banger, as Red does indeed "rock da spot" over a dope beat from Mr. Sermon and Mr. Fyffe.
5 out of 5


4. Welcome (Interlude)
Produced By: Erick Sermon
  
"I gets down like that/Who am I, funk doctor (as I kiss the sky)"


Although it's an interlude, Erick's beat is dope as hell, providing another welcome from Red to the "Muddy Waters" extravaganza.


5. Case Closed 
Featuring Rockwilder & Napalm
Produced By: Rockwilder

Dope, fast paced song. Red, Rock, and Napalm holds this down pretty nicely on the mic.
5 out of 5


6. Pick It Up
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"You remind me of school on a Sunday, no class"



The hook may be simple, but overall it's effective and it doesn't take away from this song at all. ANOTHER banger.
5 out of 5


7. Skit
A funny skit as a reporter gets hilariously, slightly ambushed while reporting the, uh, news, lol.


8. Smoke Buddah
Produced By: Reggie Noble

"Ay yo I got a slight problem, I smoke weed too much"


Well, that opening line describes this song in a nutshell, and I'm sure the fellow smokers (still) love this one.
5 out of 5


9. Whateva Man
Produced By: Erick Sermon



The hook to this is one of the most memorable hooks ever (certainly brings back memories from 97), as well as the "Blues Brothers" influenced video with Method Man. Like you need to ask whether this is a classic banger or not, lol!
5 out of 5


10. Chicken Head Convention (Skit)
LOL, can you IMAGINE if there actually were "chicken head conventions"?? Well, this is quite the hilarious skit, makes me laugh each time I listen to it.


11. On Fire
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"We on fire tonight, and the place is lookin steamy!" -Busta Rhymes (It's A Party)


Yes indeed, more dopeness from Mr. Noble.
5 out of 5


12. Do What Ya Feel 
Featuring Method Man
Produced By: Pras & Te-Bss

Yes, Pras from the Fugees was one of the driving forces behind the boards on this classic, which is the second actual Red and Meth collabo after 1995's "How High" if I'm not mistaken. I've always said that Red and Meth have the best chemistry on the mic, and this is one of MANY examples. Also, Red's last verse was one of the best verses from 97.
5 out of 5


13. The Stick Up (Skit)
Lol, another funny skit (especially the guy singing at the beginning). Leave it to Red to throw a sense of humor into a "stick up", lol.


14. Creepin
Produced By: Reggie Noble

Again, not much to say here other than it's really dope, yes indeed.
4 out of 5


15. It's Like That (My Big Brother) 
Featuring K-Solo
Produced By: Reggie Noble

A memorable hip hop tag team track with Red and K-Solo, simply dope.
5 out of 5


16. Da Bump
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"So turn the volume up a notch, and watch the bump bump, bump bump, make ya speakers pump!"


This Erick Sermon produced cut does bump, no question about that, and Red supplies the lyrical heat.
5 out of 5


17. Uncle Quilly (Skit)
Lol, listen as Quilly, "live from Freaknik 96",  goes on a random woman towards the end.


18. Yesh Yesh Y'all
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"I wouldn't leave a trace if I died and police chalked me"

"I'm an around the clock lyricist, I sleep in my work boots"


This TIGHT song is one of my top 10 favorite Redman songs. I absolutely love the lyrics, the beat, and the nicely sequenced Common sample from "I Used To Love Her". Speaking of Common, he definitely would've fit as a guest on this one.
5 out of 5


19. What U Lookin For
Produced By: Rockwilder, Co-Produced By: Reggie Noble

There's nothing but straight bangers on this album, and of course this is another one of them.
5 out of 5


20. Sooperman Luva 3 (Interview Skit)
Before we head into the third part of the "Sooperman Luva" series, the only thing I'll say about this "interview skit" is that it turns sexual, and not in the way you think, lol. Has to be heard oddly enough.


21. Sooperman Luva 3
Produced By: Erick Sermon & Reggie Noble

"Where yo man at/He's outta town flippin biscuits" <---- More on this man in a bit, LOL.


LOL. I have to dissect this one, lol!  After a lyrical intro (likely for those who don't/didn't know who the Sooperman Luva is), we head right into the story, of course detailing Red's adventures, if you will, with the opposite sex, and it's about what you would expect. Towards the end, he discovers that the woman he's with is none other Jane, the same "Jane" from the first 4 EPMD albums, lol. Not sure why Red didn't notice this in the beginning, but moving on, lol. After some "wrestling", lol, she informs him that her man has arrived home, and from there, Red wastes NO time in jackin the dude up, practically before he even gets in the house. And it turns out to be PARRISH SMITH, the other half of EPMD! Wow, and when I first heard this, I was a bit surprised at this ending and I never would've guessed it was Parrish (I know it's fictional, but play along, lol). And one last thing, Jane said "he was out of town flippin biscuits". Lol, well that certainly was a lie because there was NO way in hell PMD was at some random spot flippin biscuits, LOL.
5 out of 5


22. Rollin
Produced By: Erick Sermon

The bangers certainly do not stop at all, as we're "rollin" towards the album's finale.
5 out of 5


23. Da Ill Out
Featuring Keith Murray & Jamal
Produced By: Erick Sermon

My friend James Highsmith loves this closer, and I can see why. It's not called "Da Ill Out" for nothing! All three 3 MCs spit fire over a thumping Erick Sermon beat (Mr. Murray almost steals the show with his verse). Man, we had both an awesome opener AND closer on this album.
5 out of 5



For starters, this album is 5 stars, there's no disputing that. Literally everything was on point (the lyrics, production, guest appearances, and even the skits) and I can't find a flaw anywhere after all these years. Compared to "Dare Iz A Darkside", Red had toned down the humor a bit, but it's still there in a few spots. You can tell he just focused on his lyrical skills and that was mostly at the forefront here, in addition to the DOPE production (almost every song is a banger in some form). And speaking of his sophomore album, it has been my favorite Redman album for years, but now I gotta officially name "Muddy Waters" as my favorite album from Redman, with "Dare Iz A Darkside" a STRONG second. "Muddy Waters" is such a fast paced album without sounding rushed at all, and it was certified Gold within 2 months of its release (like "Dare Iz A Darkside" before it). I hope Red still releases the sequel, even though it's a TOUGH act to follow". Classic. 




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
Featuring Method Man
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.




Almost one year after the excellent "Doc's Da Name" album, Redman returned, but this time it was with the long awaited joint debut album with partner in rhyme Method Man (both of whom are in my top 10 by the way). This was GREAT news to hip hop fans at the time, including myself, as this album was asked for almost immediately after the classic "How High" hit radio and TV, as well as the songs they did together afterwards. Their chemistry was and is still perhaps the best overall in hip hop, and that's clear on just about everything they did together, and we'll see that in full force with this album!



Also before we start this project, loyal readers, this will be the first time ever that I'm doing a joint post/review with a fellow blogger. He's fairly new to the blogging world, so I want to introduce Chris D to you all, as he'll be contributing his thoughts and ratings on this album as well!!!!! 

Release date- September 28, 1999



1. A Special Joint (Intro)
Wayne: Although a bit standard, we start things off with your usual humor filled intro, also showing that Meth had a sense of humor as well, much like Red. Either way, this was a fitting welcome to the album.

2. Blackout
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"I'm too hot for TV, rap draw water" -Redman


Chris D: Here we go, a good way to start off things. Dope joint. 
4 out of 5  

W: I can tell you now, most of the songs on this album will fall under the "dope beats and rhymes" category, and this opener fits that perfectly. Red and Meth come out of the gate with this Erick Sermon produced banger, including a nod to the Fat Boys during the hook (Stick Em!)
5 out of 5

3. Mi Casa
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: This fast paced song is dope, and as you can see, the chemistry is certainly there and they sound completely at home over Erick Sermon production.
5 out of 5

CD: This track is short, under 3 mins. Not much to say other than that. Meth and Red did their thing! 
3.5 out of 5

 
4. Y.O.U.
Produced By: Erick Sermon

CD: Classic joint and the video was funny as hell. They didn't give a damn and the lyrics are funny, but still dope.

Meth - "I knock the stuffin off that English muffin"
Red - "On they tampons, I get em drippin like leaky faucets"


5 out of 5


W: Another banger produced by Mr. Sermon, I know this was one of the album's hits, but listening to it today, it *almost" sounds like they're freestyling. Either way, it's dope as hell and the "tag team vibes" are the icing on the cake!
5 out of 5

5. 4 Seasons (featuring LL Cool J and Ja Rule)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

CD: Don't get it twisted, LL was still beastin' around this time leading up to the "G.O.A.T." album and this was Ja Rule before he starting singin' in his songs. It's a solid joint, nothing incredible in my opinion. Def Jam was pushing the "Def Jam 2000" thing at the time so I'm pretty sure that's the reason for the collabo.
3.5 out of 5

W: The bangers continue, and for this one, I like the creative title, "4 Seasons". Everyone does their thing here (yes, Mr. Sermon's beat KNOCKS), and Ja Rule doesn't sound out of place at all on a track with 3 vets. Speaking of vets, man, did LL come hard on this one or what, and with all due respect to Red, Meth, and Ja, LL stole the show on this one.
5 out of 5

 
6. Cereal Killer (featuring Blue Raspberry)
Produced By: The RZA

W: I have a friend named Kentyl who used to LOVE this joint, even though he wasn't a big fan of Red and Meth then and even now. Much like Sermon's production, Red and Meth are lyrically at home over this track from RZA.
5 out of 5

 
CD: The blunt brothers are ready to kill on this one. It''s dope.
3.5 out of 5

7. Da Rockwilder
Produced By: Rockwilder

CD: Classic track and in my view, there's no reason you shouldn't know this whole song. I recommend checking out the video too if you haven't done so already or if you haven't seen it in a long time.
5 out of 5



W: Although this TIGHT song clocks in at 2:16, it's a classic, no doubt about it, and Rockwilder's beat is simply awesome, almost ahead of its time in 1999. You can just listen to Red and Meth and hear how energetic they are over this production. Great stuff.
5 out of 5


8. Tear It Off
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: To say that Red and Meth ripped this joint right here would be an understatement. Punchlines galore, plus that awesome chemistry with a rugged/smooth style. Another straight classic.
5 out of 5


CD: This was also from the "In Too Deep" soundtrack, which was dope by the way. Erick Sermon's beat is more hard hitting on here.
5 out of 5


9. Where We At (Skit) 

W: A dope skit to take us into the second half of the album.

CD: Red puts on a spin on MC Shan's classic lyric from "The Bridge" (the Bricks!!!) while Meth shouts out Shaolin. 


10. 1, 2, 1, 2
Produced By: DJ Scratch 
 
W: DJ Scratch, mostly known for his creative turntable wizardry and production with EPMD, blesses Meth and Red with this joint, and say it with me, another banger! 
4 out of 5

CD: Another dope one.
4 out of 5

W: I agree. 

11. Maad Crew
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: This is a good song, however, it seems to be a "cool down" moment after the continuous bangers from the first half of the album, leading into the second.
4 out of 5


12. Run 4 Cover (featuring Ghostface Killah & Streetlife)
Produced By: The RZA

W: My God, I LOVE this joint, so much so that during the creation of this project, I had to play it twice. Meth, Streetlife, Red, and Ghostface absolutely BLESS this DOPE beat from RZA. Love it!!!!!
5 out of 5
 
CD: The lyrics are dope but I hate this beat. I would've thought RZA had something better.
4 out of 5

W: Lol, as you can see, Chris and I have different views on this beat, which is fine. Maybe if he revisits this one down the line he'll change his mind, lol! 
 
13. The ?
Produced By: Reggie Noble

W: Well, we certainly needed another "cool down" moment after "Run 4 Cover" I guess, lol. This is still good though.
3.5 out of 5

CD: This has a Ja Rule sample from Jay-Z's "Can I Get A". I wasn't too big on this one, kinda boring. 
3.5 out of 5

 
14. Dat's Dat Shit (featuring Mally G and Young Zee)
Produced By: Mathematics

W: Mally G, formerly known as Jamal, and Young Zee (on the hook), bring their contributions to this one here. Good overall.
4 out of 5 

CD: Everyone came through with sick lines
4 out of 5

W: Cosign on that one. 

 
15. Cheka
Produced By: Gov Mattic

W: For starters, MUCH props and respect to Das Efx and their 1992 hit "They Want Efx". I know they had to have been proud and impressed with Red and Meth's NICE remake of their classic.
5 out of 5

CD: This is another dope one.
4 out of 5


16. Fire Ina Hole
Produced By: Mathematics

W: I can honestly say I'm not sure what they were aiming for on this one, but the lyrics (of course) and the beat saves it from being titled "the worst song on the album".
4 out of 5

CD: Annoying hook I think. I feel you should just ignore the and listen to the lyrics.
3.5 out of 5


17. We All Rite Cha
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: This would basically be the first of three bonus tracks, as there's no way that "Fire Ina Hole" was going to close this album. It has also been covered before and it's also available on Redman's "Doc's Da Name 2000" album. Dopeness all around.
5 out of 5

CD: I echo the sentiments of Wayne for this one.
4 out of 5


18. Big Dogs
Produced By: Erick Sermon 

W: This was also available on Meth's "Tical 2000: Judgement Day" album, and of course it's an Erick Sermon produced banger.
5 out of 5

CD: Yep.
4 out of 5

W: One of the highlights on the "Tical 2000" album, no question.


19. How High (Remix)
Produced By: Erick Sermon 

W: Most are familiar with the original version, but this is the one that was included on "The Show" soundtrack, and it brings back SO many memories from 1995. This is where it all started, and it's kind of fitting that it closed this album. And I can't forget Redman's memorable closing verse, which was one of the the illest verses of 95.
5 out of 5

CD: Cosign with Wayne on this one, especially with the rating!
5 out of 5


Wayne's overall view: The first half is absolute fire, no doubt. The second half, while it does have some tight joints on its own, doesn't pack the same punch, but it's still unquestionably dope overall. The simple yet effective practice, if you will, of dope beats and rhymes were on FULL display on this album, as Red and Meth shined as bright as ever on the mic, and the production was largely great.  The numbers didn't lie either, as this album moved a respectable 1,575,000 copies to date. Outstanding job. Bottom line, I'll still give this one a solid 4.5 star rating.

Chris D's overall view: Overall I give the album my own 4 out of 5. It starts off strong but slacks off towards the end.


W: And don't worry, "Blackout 2" will be covered too of course! Well, as this part of the Redman project comes to an end, I also want to say it was a pleasure to work with Chris D for this one! I'm sure there will be more joint posts in the future, and in the meantime, you can also check him out via Dathiphoplife.blogspot.com.





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.




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.




After blessing us in 1999 with the awesome "Blackout" album, fans and critics alike were anticipating part 2, because we all knew there would be one. Although it had took them 10 years for the sequel, Meth and Red were still active in hip hop. Aside from the "How High" movie and soundtrack, a short lived TV series, and guest appearances, Meth released "4:21: The Day After" in 2006 (a highly slept on, dope album) and Red dropped "Red Gone Wild: Thee Album" in 2007 (another dope, slept on album), so it was only a matter of time before we were blessed with the sequel to "Blackout". The hip hop world was a totally different place than it was 10 years prior, which I will touch on a bit during the closing of this. Let's get ready for "Blackout 2", yes indeed!!

(Interesting fact #1. I bought this album and Ghostface Killah's "GhostDeini: The Wizard of Poetry" on the same day, which I can't recall off the top of my head right now, lol.)



(Interesting fact #2. This was released on the same day as Eminem's "Relapse" and on a LESSER note, Busta Rhymes' "Back on my B.S.")


Release date- May 19, 2009



1. BO2 (Intro)
Produced By: Allah Mathematics

It's almost as if the late Phyllis Hyman was watching over Meth and Red, considering how GOOD "Magic Mona" is sampled for this hype intro. And it's SO dope that I'm going to do something I rarely do for an "intro", and that's give it a score. Meth and Red, back in the BUILDING!!!!!!
4.5 out of 5

2. I'm Dope N****
Produced By: Havoc

"Hip hop is lame, the whole game is lackin!" -Redman


True words by Red over this BANGIN piece of work. I LOVE Havoc's beat for this one (one of my favorites from him), and of course Red and Meth work lyrical magic, showing they hadn't lost one step at all.
5 out of 5

3. A-Yo (featuring Saukrates)
Produced By: Pete Rock



Let's see. A dope Pete Rock track, a nice hook provided by Saukrates, Meth more mellow than usual (but still dope with it), and Red coming correct with the punchlines, what more can you ask for?! I LIKE this one right here! Oh yeah, that same Phyliis Hyman song from the intro is used briefly during the opening in a nice touch.
5 out of 5


4. Dangerous Mcees
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Meth and Red show why they're dangerous Mcees, over a good Erick Sermon production.
4 out of 5

5. Errbody Scream (featuring Keith Murray)
Produced By: Swift D

This is ANOTHER dope track, with it's party vibe and Rockwilder esque production. Thus far, Red is feeling it, lyrically, with Meth not too far behind. Keith Murray delivered a very good verse too. 
4.5 out of 5

6. Hey Zulu
Produced By: Rockwilder

The party vibe, again, is in full effect for "Hey Zulu". I like how Meth and Red brings it over a very good Rockwilder track. Oh yeah, I deduct points for Poo Bear's autotuned hook. Other than that, this is more dopeness.
4.5 out of 5


7. City Lights (featuring Bun-B)
Produced By: Nasty Kutt

I like the southern fried vibes for this Bun-B assisted joint, and there's no doubt that the late Pimp C would've been on this one too.
4 out of 5


8. Father's Day
Produced By: Ty Fyffe

Father figures in hip hop, that's the theme here and it works very well.
4 out of 5

9. Mrs. International (Skit)
You had to know this was coming, lol, and this skit is about as funny as you would expect.


10. Mrs. International (featuring Erick Sermon)
Produced By: Buckwild
Oh man, I like this one a lot, plus the video was hilarious as well. I don't know why I thought Erick Sermon produced this, but I had to look at my album insert again for clarification, lol. This is one of those songs that should've been bigger than it was in my opinion.
5 out of 5


11. How Bout Dat (featuring Ready Roc & Streetlife)
Produced By: Vinny Idol

Say it with me, the dopeness continues. All 4 MCs bring the lyrical goods over a throwback style track with a 2009 twist.
4 out of 5

12. Dis Is 4 All My Smokers
Produced By: DJ Scratch

Loyal reader, you should know by now what type of song this is, and it's appropriately/apply titled.
5 out of 5

13. Lock Down (Skit)
This leads us into.....


14. Four Minutes To Lock Down (featuring Raekwon & Ghostface Killah)
Produced By: Bink!

Oh man this is GREAT, as you have two of the best duos with perhaps the best chemistry of all time on the same track. 3:22 was all that was needed for Meth, Red, Rae, and Ghost to kill Bink's bangin track!
5 out of 5

15. Neva Herd Dis B4
Produced By: Erick Sermon

One of the notable lines here is that Red claimed he was the 11th member of the Wu-Tang Clan. While that could be viewed as an "unofficial claim", I have no problem with it. And did I mention that this was another dope song too, on an album FULL of them?!
4 out of 5

16. I Know Sumptn (featuring Poo Bear)
Produced By: King David

One song before the closer, this could very well be a "cool down" moment, but the song itself would suggest otherwise. I could've done without the autotuned hook, but it was good for the most part.
3.5 out of 5
 
 
17. A Lil Bit (featuring Melanie Rutherford)
Produced By: Rockwilder & Chris n Teeb

 
This was an interesting choice for a closer, and I definitely couldn't picture it near the beginning or in the middle of the album. By no means is this a bad song though.
3.5 out of 5


Before I get to my thoughts, check out with Meth had to say about this album on July 6, 2012:


"A lot of people slept on that Blackout 2. Blackout 2 was dope. I don't give a fuck. I did my thing on that album...Honestly, I would put that album up against any album that came out that year (2009)." 


I agree with Meth 100 percent here. This is one of those albums that I like more and more each time I listen to it. I actually do like this one slightly more than the first "Blackout" album. Don't get me wrong, the first album was (and still is) dope, but "Blackout 2" is more fast paced with a more refined/polished sound, making a more cohesive listen, and yes, my rating jumps from the respectable 4 stars to 4.5. The production is on point, the lyrics are outstanding, the guests did their thing, what more can you ask for? To date, this album has moved 178,608 copies, so this was VERY slept on back in 2009, and in a culture where autotune was hot at the time (the "ratcheted" era, if you will, hadn't yet reared its ugly head), among other things, this and other dope albums that year fell under the radar. Unfortunate indeed. Overall, this is an excellent album, and even with the lukewarm response and sales, Meth and Red have nothing to be ashamed of, and I hope we eventually get "Blackout 3".





And here we are, the final portion of the Redman project, the "Reggie" album, probably the least talked about album in Red's discography. Not only did I pre-order this album in late 2010, but I've only listened to this album once, which was that same day it arrived in the mail, lol. So, this was actually be my second time listening to it, and with it being 2 1/2 years since it's release, we'll definitely see if time has been kind to it a bit or if there was a reason why I haven't revisited this album in such a long time. 

 
Release date- December 7, 2010



1. Reggie (Intro)
Produced By: Team Ready & The Futuristiks
 
This was a brief, but dope intro (of course), now let's see if the remainder of this album can carry this same (dope) momentum.


2. That's Where I B (featuring DJ Kool)
Produced By: Ty Fyffe & Efrain "F.A.M.E" Rodriguez

No matter where he is, Red is all over the place, and that's clear on this tight song and a damn good way to follow that intro. 
4 out of 5



3. Def Jammable
Produced By: DJ Khalil

This was good, nothing more.
3.5 out of 5


4. Full Nelson (featuring Ready Roc, Saukrates & Runt Dawg)
Produced By: Tone Mason

Auto tuned hook aside, this was dope, and anytime Red's Gilla House proteges, in this case Roc and Saukrates, are on a track with him, they seemed inspired and energetic.
4 out of 5


5. Lift It Up
Produced By: J. Rob

This more or less sounded like Red was aiming for something to hit the radio, and it didn't. It's not wack by any means, but rather than say this was nothing we haven't heard before, something was missing. I can't quite put my finger on what it was though.
2.5 out of 5


6. All I Do (featuring Faith Evans)
Produced By: Freak!!

I'm usually an admitted sucker for songs where the artist talks about his/her love for hip hop, and this is no different. Faith was nice on the hook also.
4 out of 5



7. Lemme Get 2 (featuring Saukrates)
Produced By: Rich Kidd

Man, was it me or did Saukrates have the better verse in this song? It sure sounded like it. The song is good for the most part.
3 out of 5


8. Mic, Lights, Camera, Action
Produced By: Rockwilder

Rockwilder's beat was almost a little too futuristic, if there is such a thing, even for 2010. This was ok, but nothing more.
3 out of 5



9. Cheerz (featuring Ready Roc and Melanie Rutherford)
Produced By: M-Phazes

"Cheers" to hip hop, that's the theme for this one. Two dedications to hip hop on one album is not a bad thing at all.
4 out of 5


10. Rockin Wit Da Best
Produced By: ThreeSixty

This was very good, especially with the Kool Moe Dee vocals on the hook. Red came with the punchlines too, hence the title "rockin wit da best".
4 out of 5


11. Lite 1 Witcha Boi (featuring Method Man & Bun B)
Produced By: Mr. Pyro & The Audibles

Loyal reader, at this point in the Redman project, look at that title. Do you REALLY have to ask what this song is about, lol? Like I always seem to type to end a song like this, the smokers should love this one. It's the best song on the album.
4 out of 5


12. When The Lites Go Off (featuring Pooh Bear)
Produced By: King David       
         
Again, this is another one of those songs where it's ok, but nothing more.
3 out of 5


13. Tiger Style Crane
Produced By: The Fyre DEPT.

The title of this closer would suggest a Wu-Tang styled track, and that's exactly what this is. Dopeness.
4 out of 5



Going into this album, Red stated that there would be more "poppish" type songs than his usual ruff and rugged offerings, and to a certain (small) extent, I agree with that. You'll also notice that there was no production from Erick Sermon, no humorous skits, or a 7th installment in the "Sooperman Luva" series. Does that affect this album in some form? It does, but not in a major way. I may have shortchanged the album just a little bit, because while it's not on the level of any of his previous albums, it's not as bad as people have said. It's very good, but not excellent, which results in a solid 3.5 star rating.


Well, we have come to the end of the Redman project, which was a pleasure to put together. As of this post, Red still plans to release "Muddy Waters 2: Even Muddier", which I'm really anticipating, and hopefully he and Meth will do a third "Blackout" album. I can't thank Red enough for a mostly stellar discography!!!! Salute!!!



FINAL RATINGS

Whut Thee Album (5 stars)


Dare Iz A Darkside (5 stars)


Muddy Waters (5 stars)


Doc's Da Name 2000 (4.5 stars)


Malpractice (4 stars)


Red Gone Wild: Thee Album (4 stars)

Reggie (3.5 stars)  

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