Chronic Def Jam Recordings rap supreme and all-American TV and film regular Redman, is back where he belongs – at the top!
After a six year break that has won him success and worldwide recognition in major feature films, network and cable television in the US and UK, video games, cartoons and of course mix tapes – chronic Def Jam Recordings core artist Redman got right back the game where he belongs.
Red Gone Wild – Thee Album launched with its first single pick Put It Down produced by Timbaland, and was the long-awaited follow-up to Redman’s previous album, the RIAA Gold-selling Malpractice, and features the singles Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get in Da Club), Smash Sumthin’ and Diggy Doc. That same year, Redman joined Method Man for one of the all-time great stoner comedy movies How High (which led to his co-hosting the High Times Stony Awards last year), and writer-director Lawrence Page’s Statistic: The Movie. In 2002, Christina Aguilera enlisted Redman to join her on one of his biggest career moves, the worldwide #1 single Dirty, subsequently nominated for a Grammy and three MTV VMAs.
Over the next few years, Redman kept busy on a number of high-profile projects, starting on TV with Stung, which he co-hosted with Method Man, and eventually evolved into their FOX sitcom together, Method & Red. Last year, Redman jumped into the mix tape ring with Volume 2 of the Ill At Will series, entitled BC4: Straight Outta Lo_Cash, presented by his Gilla House crew and featuring Redman’s collaborators Govmattic, Saukrates, Icarus, and Melanie. One track, Da Banger featured Jay-Z and R Kelly in the mix.
The pride of Newark, Redman (real name Reggie Noble) broke into the pro ranks when EPMD’s Erick Sermon discovered him in a New York club, and premiered Redman’s witty freestyle and hard, P-funk-influenced beats on EPMD’s third Def Jam album, 1990’s Business As Usual. Redman was quickly signed to the label and his debut was released in 1992. The album made #1 on the R&B chart and was certified Gold after a string of hit single tracks such as Blow Your Mind, How To Roll A Blunt, Time 4 Sum Aksion, Tonight’s Da Night, Rated R and I’m A Bad. This early success led the hip-hop magazine The Source to name Redman the Rap Artist of the Year.
1994 brought Dare Iz a Darkside, the first of four more Def Jam albums over the next seven years. It was another Gold #1 R&B seller (#13 on the pop side) whose singles included Rockafella, Can’t Wait and A Million & 1 Buddah Spots. Muddy Waters followed in 1996, again breaking the Gold #1 R&B seller (and moving to #12 pop) with It’s Like That (My Big Brother), Whateva Man, Smoke Buddah, Pick It Up and Yesh Yesh Y’all released as singles.
The enigmatically-titled Doc’s Da Name 2000 was released and became Redman’s first Platinum album (#1 R&B, #11 pop), spinning off the singles Da Goodness and Well All Rite Cha. He went public with Def Squad on RIAA Gold El Niño (#1 R&B, #2 pop), and then collaborated with Method Man on RIAA Platinum Blackout! (#1 R&B, #4 pop).
Over the past decade and a half, in addition to all the above mentioned artists, Redman has also worked across the spectrum with such names as 2pac, Canibus, Cypress Hill, De La Soul, D’Angelo, Gorillaz, Dru Hill, Jodeci, Beverley Knight, KRS-One, LL Cool J, Me’shell Ndegeocello, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Offspring, Scarface, A Tribe Called Quest, Conway Twitty, and Wyclef Jean. To name a few!