• 15May



    On July 13, 2013, Redman takes the stage as the headliner of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. With 22 years in the game, the artist born Reggie Noble has created a legacy based around his excellence in celebrating the ribald, the insane and lyrically incredible. From taking the torch passed onto him from fellow #BHF13 performers EPMD, to creating his own iconic space, then mainstreaming his legacy by working with Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man, he’s had a career blessed with incredible longevity. In merely selecting ten great hit singles, it negates the level of craftsmanship that Redman has placed into eight studio albums and a plethora of guest appearances throughout his career. This is by no means a definitive list, but certainly a great place to stir both memories and friendly debates about the headliner for theis year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Enjoy!

    7) “Da Goodness” (featuring Busta Rhymes) - Doc’s da Name 2000, Def Jam, 1998

    Just one year prior in 1997, fellow ribald East coast party starter Busta Rhymes continued his chart-topping success with “Dangerous,” a Rashad Smith production filled with frenetic energy and buoyed by elastic yet insistent bass line. Arguably looking to replicate that success, in 1998, Redman’s Doc’s da Name 2000 album features Erick Sermon’s “Dangerous” sound alike ”Da Goodness,” of course featuring Busta Rhymes. Both equally as club combustible, Redman’s style fits in well with the futuristic boom bap on the cut, again showing Redman’s incredible flexibility in being able to allow his flow to perpetuate and lengthen his career.

    6) “Whateva Man” (featuring Method Man) - Muddy Waters, Def Jam, 1997

    Easily one of the most charismatic rappers of any era in hip-hop culture, Redman’s ability to be shot on film and convey the energy of his track in music video form is impressive. One of the finest moments in this realm is for the best selling single from his third album Muddy Waters, “Whateva Man.” Casting Redman and his lyrical partner-in-crime Method Man as the Blues Brothers is a stroke of genius. There’s a buddy film synergy that exists between the duo, and when extrapolated to the level of one of the finest buddy films of all time (that also benefits from a strong musical tie-in), it works. From Redman’s winsome smile, the weed references, acting scene and finally the party-time finale – all combined with a loping, yet brilliant Erick Sermon production – it’s a four-plus minute treatise on what makes the Funkdocta Spock a legend.

    5) The entire “Sooperman Luva” series

    With six parts over seven albums – for Redman’s biggest fans – the “Soopaman Luva” series were easily the most beloved parts of any Redman albums. Though producers like Prince Paul and artists like De La Soul may have raised the art of the interlude to high art, Erick Sermon and Redman (and the sounds of Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s superfly pimp anthem) brought the art of the interlude back to the masses. Yes, some of the “Sooperman Luva” series are not interludes, but are full singles. That being said, by comparison to the rest of the album’s material, the “Sooperman” series establishes a Redman character that, while generically delved into on many songs – gets a full explanation on these songs. It’s like watching a superstar become a childhood superhero, an awesome, yet vulnerable moment that gives you a glimpse deep inside the artist. In blending a great song with inimitable style, Redman met, then exceeded an existing rap standard.

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