Redman is on my top 5 favorite rapper list. Right up there with Hov, Nas, Biggie, and Andre 3000. Redman is one of the few artists from the early 90s that knew how to transition into the mid 90s and 2000s without losing steam. His 3rd album, Muddy Waters is one of my all time FAVORITE albums of all time. He and producer/emcee Erick Sermon have created incredible moments together on wax which is why all of favorite Red tracks are helmed the “Green Eyed Bandit (Erick’s alias just in case you didn’t know).
“Pick It Up” Muddy Waters (1996)
Muddy Waters has so many dope cuts that this album can be played without a skip. “Pick It Up” was the third and final single from this project and it’s probably my favorite on the album but really, as eccentric as I am, it depends on the position on the moon in the sky because “On Fire” is also a very, very cold jam.
I loved the black and white video and the Aaron Hall sample. Erick Sermon’s brand of 90’s beats were classic and none of them ever sounded alike to the point of redundancy.
“Time 4 Sum Aksion” Whut? Thee Album (1992)
Mike Tyson intro music! Whenever I hear “Time 4 Sum Aksion” I think about Tyson walking down to the ring preparing for battle. For some, Red’s debut album “Whut? Thee Album” is the favorite and I could see their point but I feel that he matured lyrically by the time he reached Muddy Waters which made that album as stellar as it is.
“On Fire” Muddy Waters (1996)
Pure ride around the city at night music. You lower the windows in the summertime and see what you can see while catching the vibe.
“Tonight’s Da Night” Whut? Thee Album (1992)
I loved how he started off cool but realized that he needed to thug it out and took the cut in a different direction. Another ride along jam.
Bonus: “Can’t Wait” Dare Iz A Darkside (1994)
“Switchin up speeds, like Bruce Lee, ridin a Fuji, in a movie.”
Bonus: “Keep on ’99” Doc’s Da Name (1999)
Took me a while to realize that this was a Ray J sample. That’s right, ladies and gents… the legendary Willie Norwood Jr! RAY J!