Redman
Muddy Waters


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
November 15th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Put your fingers up if you love hash and cash/ I been that way since Ike Turner was kickin Tina ass

As a listener in rap music, I dug deeper into the genre, I found pseudo-intellectual lyricism, down-tuned, lo fi production that at first applies because of a certain interesting novelty, but the only ones that can continue listening to it is the same indie kids that hold pitchfork as their totem. And around this time, it was completely uncool to listen to and enjoy mainstream rap music, so I felt a little bit lost other than my favorite artists. Then, I finally listened to the self-entitled ‘eleventh member of the Wu-Tang’ Reggie Noble, and felt like all that digging was uncessary, seeing as his third album Muddy Waters managed to sell five hundred thousand records, and yet sounds professional, consistent, and excellent without the extreme inconsistency that plagues most mainstream rap records.

Redman, in his effort to make his first classic record, uses his significantly superior ear for beats to pick a simple, similar atmosphere for most of the album to follow through. Other than the one exception (“It’s Like That (My Big Brother)”), the songs have a smooth, at times haunting aura. The bass laces the tracks with a big booming groove while the rest of the instruments, whether it’s the rhythmic vibes of “Creepin”, the minimalistic horns of “Rollin”, or the trippy flutes of “Smoke Buddah”, only add to the smooth atmosphere, and ultimately, the consistency of the album. Along with eccentric backing instrumentals, the beats are laced with soul/funk samples, and chorus’s are littered by samples from such familiar artists as Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, and (maybe not so much familiar) Jamal of Illegal, to give the listeners a sense of rap familiarity mixed in with a oddly unfamiliar rap atmosphere.

But these little nuances are only there to create a subtlety crafted backing for Redman’s perfected abrasive mannerisms behind the microphone and lyrical witticisms. Red’s flow fluently switches from aggressive to calm as he switches between two of raps more generic topics (weed, being incredibly proficient at being a lyricist), and nearly destroys every other rapper who have tried their hand at both topics. His lyrics can be summed up by his performance on “Whateva Man”, which is easily the best track Redman has ever released mixing flashy word play (“So chinky eyed I see people wavin on a map/I make it hotter than your thermostats (beep beep beep beep)/Bomb MC's with rough megahertz so call me/Funk Doctor verbal starburst, lyrical expert”), surreal humor (“Bigger they come, harder they fall/That goes for, knuckleheads, MC's, pussy walls and all/I lit my first L before I started to crawl/I got my ass whupped when I had my first brawl”), and pure bravado (well any quote will work). Occasionally Redman gets together his crew like any other notable rapper, like E of EPMD on “Whateva Man”, and the hyper-aggressive speedy flow Keith Murray and what seems like his little brother Mally G on “Da Ill Out”, and these artists only push Redman’s performance towards the heights of rap perfection.

However, Muddy Waters isn’t the perfect rap album, it’s much to repetitive, and the smooth, trippy atmosphere is only ruined by a single track that differentiates from what the rest of the album is trying to create. “It’s Like that (My Big Brother)” is not terrible, Redman certainly sounds fine, and the beat doesn’t lack, but it does differ in the way that instead of being more set as background music, is more aimed towards outshining Redman and K-Solo, though to be fair, K-Solo’s performance is terrible as usual. Despite these exceptions and the generic abundance of annoying skits that ran rampart on rap albums around this era, Redman has created what could be considered one of the best rap albums released in the mid 90s. Completely and direly underrated, Muddy Waters is completely worth of purchase, and may make you rethink mainstream rap, as it did go gold.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hydeyomoney
November 15th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only Ghostface Killah could beat this guy as one of my favorite rappers ever.

Bulldog
November 16th 2009


3796 Comments


Good review homie. I love "Smoke Buddha," good track...good track.

hydeyomoney
November 16th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

try the rest of the album, that song is good, but damn its not even the best song ("Whateva Man", the epitome of this man's career.)

random
April 3rd 2010


2270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Smash Sumthin by this dude gets me so pumped.

Mars Blackmon
April 3rd 2010


351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need moar Redman

Slicknificent
April 8th 2010


3 Comments


IF YOU SEE A PASSED OUT BITCH ON THE GROUND WATCHA GONNA DO?pick it up pick it up

Psilocyanide
April 15th 2010


1823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pick it up, Smoke Buddha, Whateva Man= Amazing

O.J. Simpson
April 16th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Redman is full of win

Tupik
July 3rd 2010


673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really digging this right now

Hawks
March 10th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is great. I like it even more than Whut? Thee Album.

Hawks
March 10th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh, and Redman is planning on releasing Muddy Waters 2 this year. Could be fucking awesome.

Psilocyanide
March 10th 2011


1823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So many rap album sequels.

Hawks
March 10th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah. Liquid Swords 2, Doe or Die 2, and Muddy Waters 2 all supposed to come out this year.

Psilocyanide
March 10th 2011


1823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice I didn't even know about Doe or Die 2.

BigHans
March 10th 2011


26454 Comments


hawks you like this better that Whut thee album?

Counterfeit
March 10th 2011


17819 Comments


is Doggystyle 2 still happening?

BigHans
March 10th 2011


26454 Comments


It should

Urinetrouble
April 16th 2011


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

his new music sucks complete ass except for the Blackout!2 which was awesome

Badylorzzlasu
April 21st 2012


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

literally every line of this album is a pun, you'll never get bored with this, i've heard like hundreds of times, I know every track by heart but I still find it fresh.

Hawks
May 16th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still love this so much.



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