Redman Biography

Reginald Noble, 17 April 1970, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Inventive and witty US rapper whose 1992 debut Whut? Thee Album broke into the US Top 50, although it failed to get a UK release until much later in the year. Enshrining the new ethos of cannabis as the drug of choice (‘How To Roll A Blunt’), there was also room for the traditional braggadocio (‘A Day Of Sooperman Lover’, ‘I’m A Bad’). As superb an album as it was, from the cover shot of the artist up to his elbows in blood onwards, many critics also noted it was a little close to the sound of EPMD. Not surprising considering that he was a member of their Hit Squad, alongside K-Solo and Das-EFX, and that Erick Sermon produced Whut? Thee Album. In fact, Redman had spent two years living with the latter when both his parents chucked him out of their respective homes. Redman was voted the top rap artist of 1993 by The Source magazine, while subsequent albums saw him developing into the complete article, earning a reputation as one of rap’s leading lyricists.

By the time of 1998’s stylish Doc’s Da Name 2000, Redman was emulating several of his contemporaries by becoming involved in all aspects of a project, from co-production duties to marketing and A&R. The same year he collaborated with Erick Sermon and Keith Murray as Def Squad, releasing the album El Niño. The following year he teamed up with Method Man on the light-hearted Blackout!. The two rappers had previously recorded 1995’s US Top 20 single ‘How High’ together, and their new collaboration proved equally successful. In 2001 Redman and Method Man starred in the comedy movie How High, which played up their stoner image to great effect. They also appeared in their own television sitcom Method & Red (2004) and, rather bizarrely, featured in the Def Jam Vendetta video game series. Other artists with whom Redman has collaborated include 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, D’Angelo, Wyclef Jean, Christina Aguilera, and the Offspring. His solo releases in the new millennium include the albums Malpractice (2001) and Red Gone Wild (2005).

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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