Redman
Whut? Thee Album


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Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
December 12th, 2009 | 33 replies | 12,310 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Erick Sermon's P-Funk is the backdrop for Redman's fun and crazy debut.

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Redman first appeared on EPMD's album "Business as Usual" specifically the tracks "Hardcore" and "Brothers On My Jock". The following year with the help of EPMD's Erick Sermon he released his insane debut. The album starts with a skit where Redman is apparently in an insane asylum because he strangled someone at a rap concert, a doctor tells him he needs to "bring out some of that unnecessary anger out your system". That rage is on full display for the track "Time 4 Sum Aksion", over a thumping drum beat and Cypress Hill sample, Redman comes out swinging and gives an incredibly energetic performance, so much so that after the final chorus he reappears ready for more until someone says "Yo chill it's over man. You ain't gotta say no more, it's over." Over Parliament's "P-Funk" Redman claims "Ever since three, I cut throats of emcees mediocre lyricist who burnt with degrees" on "Da Funk". "So Ruff" is a cautionary tale about unprotected sex "You can either get with this or you can catch the claps" but it's done so hilariously you hardly catch the message of the song.

Redman's larger than life personality carries the album flipping lines like "Snapped the neck on Michael Myers then I freaked it; cause it was August and he was talkin this trick or treat sh*t" are pulled off with great dexterity and a sense of humor at the same time. Erick Sermon was at the height of his powers in EPMD and along with Redman produces the entire album with the exception of the stoner instructional "How to Roll a Blunt" which was done by Pete Rock, so with a cast like that the outcome is predictably outstanding. Erick Sermon is also the only guest on the album, making an appearance on "Watch Yo Nuggets" but Redman's clever rhymes and charisma don't need much help here.

In true Slick Rick style, "Redman Meets Reggie Noble" is clever track where Redman plays his two personalities just going back and forth with each other and tries to impress his alter ego with "Chuck D from Public Enemy? Yeah he's a friend of me". On "Tonight's Da Night" Redman changes it up a bit, over a loop from Mary Jane Girls "All Night Long" proves that he "Can get smooth to any groove". "Blow your Mind" and it's superior remix have Redman rapping in Korean!? But with his incredible swagger pulls it off smoothly. Towards the end of the album, Redman introduces his Soopaman Lover gimmick which would be a recurring series much like Jane was for EPMD.

With 21 tracks and bogged down with several skits the album loses steam towards the end but it's still an outstanding album with superb funk and soul flavored production and it's incredibly entertaining. Like Redman says "Press rewind if I haven't blown your mind", he will blow your mind but you'll want to hear it over and over, still his best, most consistent release.



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hydeyomoney
December 12th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Together we will bring the hip hop section alive!!! haha

nice review, always loved me some Redman, but Muddy Waters is a good deal better than this. Still great tho.

cirq
December 12th 2009



9263 Comments


good review. never been a fan of redman tho

fromtheinside
December 12th 2009



17714 Comments


look at that track listing. =/

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wutangpootang
December 12th 2009



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, Redman's early work is extremely underrated

somberlain
December 12th 2009



2121 Comments


right on hydeyomoney!

There's alot of great hip hop that needs reviews


wutangpootang
December 12th 2009



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I will jump on the hip-hop reviewing bandwagon as well asap

MUNGOLOID
December 14th 2009



4277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn it i was gonna do a review of this but i've been too lazy lately.

one of my all-time favorite hip hop albums and if the joker were to make a rap album, "whut? thee album" would be the answer.



Hawks
December 21st 2010



34628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never noticed So Ruff was the song that the dean dances to in How High. Makes sense obviously.

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Urinetrouble
December 21st 2010



5755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

excellent album mayne

Hawks
December 21st 2010



34628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yes it is.

Urinetrouble
December 21st 2010



5755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ever notce how Redman is usually very consistent on his albums. Only thing that can ruin him is a crappy beat

Hawks
December 21st 2010



34628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this is the only one of his albums I've heard so far. Gotta get Muddy Waters next.

BigPoppaDiesel
January 28th 2011



150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review's on point. Time 4 Sum Aksion! The adventures of the Sooper Man Luva begins!

ChildPlease
March 9th 2011



78 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome.

pissbore
January 14th 2013



9935 Comments


rules

Jeffrulesyou
April 21st 2013



209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Happens to be one of my favorite rap albums. So damn funky with them epmd beats!

demigod!
April 21st 2013



43891 Comments


gonna give this a listen

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Jeffrulesyou
April 21st 2013



209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do it up :D

demigod!
April 21st 2013



43891 Comments


listening now, this is fantastic

Jeffrulesyou
April 21st 2013



209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it's a really good album. Not sure if I like this or Muddy Waters more, but this is a lot more funkier.



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