20 of the Best Redman Songs
There are so many rappers that are comparable to other MCs, whether it’s vocal cadence, flow or style. However, Redman is not one of them. Since he first funked up the game with his iconic anthem “Time 4 Sum Aksion,” the Newark, N.J. native has been a staple in hip-hop. With iron lungs that could out smoke the most hardened weed head and a catalog that spans roughly 26 years, he put Brick City on the map and has solidified himself as the East Coast’s poster child for marijuana culture.
A one-time DJ for the Jersey-based crew Lords of the Underground, Redman was discovered by Erick Sermon at the age of 19 after a concert. He bum-rushed the game with the success of his gold-selling debut album, Whut? Thee Album, in 1992, cementing himself as one to watch. He’s since released seven more solo albums, dropped classic collabos, won a Grammy and given us enough quotes to last a lifetime. Although, it’s his work with his brother from another mother, Method Man, that catapulted him into a whole other galaxy and locked down his cult-like fan base that follows him to this day. From the onset of their record “How High,” the duo’s chemistry quickly made them a hot ticket and helped to bolster their solo success. It wasn’t until 1999 that they finally dropped their collaborative effort The Blackout. The culture’s answer to Cheech and Chong, Red and Meth have headlined too many tours to list (and they’re still going), made a movie and even a short-lived sitcom.
Today, Redman is still killing it on the mic. His latest release, Mudface, proves he hasn’t hung up the mic and rumors are swirling about a Muddy Waters 2 release and fabled sequel to the How High film. As Red celebrates his 46th birthday, XXL takes the liberty of digging through his crates and pulling out his best solo records. So sit back, relax and rock with Funk Docta Spock. Here are 20 Best Redman Songs.