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3 February, 2011@9:57 am

Redman has had a storied career in hip-hop, releasing some of the best albums the genre has ever produced, including the classics Whut?!? Thee Album and Muddy Waters. But the rapper that prided himself on being “raw like Reservoir Dogs” has found it challenging to transition from “The Headbanger” era to that of “I’ll Be Dat”. While Red has always maintained his position in the game, it seems an overall lack of direction has effected the latter years of his career.

The biggest change this time around is the absence of Erick Sermon, who has been missing in action the last few years. That being said, it’s almost impossible for the Funk Doctor Spot to maintain his core sound without the Green-Eyed Bandit, lending a completely different sound to Reggie. The album’s lead single, “Def Jammable” finds Red in his usual off-kilter style, with a slightly insane beat by DJ Khalil to match. This, unfortunately, is the album’s lone moment of greatness.

Instead, we find Red completely outside of his element, with the phat basslines of his past traded for soulless synth. Songs like “That’s Where I B” and “When The Lights Go Off” find him pandering to the pop/club audience with little success, while the syrupy “All I Do” is a thoughtful, yet poorly executed tribute to Michael Jackson. Meanwhile, “Full Nelson” finds Red sharing an autotuned hook with Saukrates and guest verses from Ready Roc Runt Dawg, while the strange “Tiger Crane Style” finds him as secret service agent with a mission to protect the president. Still listening?

Earlier Redman albums have had a cinematic quality, a clear direction, and a unified sound. Here, Red seems more eager to please the machine at the expense of his longtime followers. While talk of Muddy Waters 2 has been mentioned, we’d only want to hear it with Erick Sermon on the boards and the corporate influence nowhere in sight. There’s still hope….

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7 Responses to "Redman – “Reggie” – @@1/2 (Review)"
  • d-bo says:

    Have to agree with this review. I like Red’s shit, but this album was wack. And stay away from that autotune Shit was wack when it came out and is still wack as fuck.

  • Meach says:

    So disappointed in this album. Red is/was maybe my favorite MC. 1998 was a long time ago though.

  • WuBrotha#1 says:

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Muddy Waters 2 at least…

  • yeah reggie noble got WAAAAYYYYY too comfortable with that auto tuner…i personally thought he TOOL’d himself with the auto-tuner to try to ride the wave of success it had 2 YEARS AGO!!!! hahaha whats wrong with these older heads not transitioning well to the modern day musical landscape….SMH

  • Skins says:

    I just hope there are truth to the rumors this was just a half-assed ‘last album of the now hated Def Jam contract’ turn-in and that he has some heat saved up for his debut on a new label (I’ve heard the Shady rumors too). Because other than the intro and Def Jammable, this is barely listenable material from one of my favorite lyricists….

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