Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Throwback Series #3: Redman - Muddy Waters (1996)



Hit Play to Preview Some Dope Tracks
1. Intro
2. Iz He 4 Real
3. Rock Da Spot
4. Welcome (Interlude)
5. Case Closed
6. Pick It Up
7. Skit
8. Smoke Buddah
9. Whateva Man
10. Chicken Head Convention (Skit)
11. On Fire
12. Do What Ya Feel
13. The Stick Up (Skit)
14. Creepin'
15. It's Like That (My Big Brother)
16. Da Bump
17. Skit
18. Yesh Yesh Ya'll
19. What U Lookin' 4
20. Soopaman Luva 3 Interview (Skit)
21. Soopaman Luva 3
22. Rollin'
23. Da Ill Out


Let's bring it back to 1995/96 when I was first getting into rap. Little did I know that this was one of the great heights of rap music, an era of creativity and classic albums that hasn't been seen since. This is what Redman was talking about when he said in an interview recently that Muddy Waters was his personal favorite out of all of his albums. Now this is no small deal for this Newark, NJ native to say, after all Redman has been one of the most consistent and dopest MC's in the game since 1992. When it comes to writing original lyrical content, Red is always on point with an unmistakable delivery that has never quite been able to be duplicated. His reason for choosing Muddy Waters as his best album - because it captures the feel and the essence of the time period around '95/'96 when rap was pure and before it became too mainstream and commercial. Check the songs below for yourself:

Muddy Waters is such a solid album that only gets better with more plays (although all the skits are nothing but filler). The tracks have a very gritty feel with their hard/dark beats and choruses made of ill samples instead of catchy hooks. Redman has said in a few interviews that he will be releasing Muddy Waters 2 for the true fans at some point in the future, but hasn't given any time frame for the project. And the movie How High 2 is supposedly in the works, so as a big fan of the first movie (that's right I own How High on dvd) - I can't wait!

If you are new to Redman or a long-time fan, you will most definitely need to check the hilarious music video below (even though the song is not on this album). I had to include it because it'll be the best 4 minutes of your day.

I'll Be Dat (Music Video) (Off the album Doc's Da Name 2000)

Personally, Redman is downright one of the coolest people I have ever seen in person/concert. Everything about his attitude and style is so awesome that it makes me wish I could be him. Please if you ever get a chance to go to a Redman concert (especially with Method Man), do it! He definitely goes on my top 10 best things about NJ. See for yourself why in MTV's most epic cribs episode EVER.



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