*Note: This Interview was done in early 2007 Redman Interview
By: Justin Weleski
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Being placed as a legendary MC and still making hit records that all ages enjoy, is not an easy task in today's rap world. Especially being that it's been well over 5yrs. since Redman has blessed us with a full length solo album. But despite the odds some may give him, he's now back in the scene with the Timberland produced hit “Put It Down” . That's on his new album "Red Gone Wild", which hits stores tomorrow. I got a chance to sit down with the Funk Doc inside his tour bus at his Album Listening Party at Xandu on Spring Garden St. To discuss the youth of today, touring, movies, and of course the heavy anticipated Hit Squad and Meth & Red album.215:
It's been a minute since we heard a new Redman masterpiece. So I imagine you've been working on Gilla House Records, so are we seeing now a new business side of Redman, and who's on the label?Redman:
Yeah, we got Incarus, Runt Dawg, Ready Roc, Melanie, E3, and Saukrates. And also I got my Gilla House production team, Chris and Adam who we call the Nut House. It's a whole Gilla House team of artists. I wanted to put together some MC's that were versatile. Ya got to have a variety of MC's, everybody can't talk about the same thing. So I trained them to listen and want good music out there for the fans like I do. So definitely check them out on the new album215:
Anymore acting in movies?Redman:
Yeah me and Meth are working on the How High II
. We should be shooting that at the end of the year.215:
Within the past few years in rap, I've noticed a business move w/artists from being on a major label and getting an established fan base, then moving to an indie label. Is this a move that you plan to make with Gilla House?Redman:
Yeah, I'm gonna take them over to an indie, we all know the game changed to now indie yourself, and getting paper off yourself. So why not? I think it's a great thing and is something I'm doing with the Gilla label.215:
Philly this past summer caught a Redman solo performance at Penns Landing with Rakim, Boot Camp, and Wu-Tang. And many on our website message board wrote that you hands down stole the show, even with that incredible line up. So why are Redman solo shows so hard to come by?Redman:
That was just a show to get back in, I wasn't really doing shows till I finished my album. So I put shows off, but I'm back in the grind right now, so ya'll be seeing me a whole lot. 215:
With EPMD now doing shows across the globe, is there any chance fans may see a new Hit Squad or Def Squad album in the near future?Redman:
Yeah, you can look forward to an EPMD album first, then maybe Hit Squad album. Well we actually may do a tour first then work on a Hit Squad album.215:
As we both know hip hop in the beginning was a very heavy young generation type of culture. But hip hop also grown up and some of us are now in there 30's or 40's who still enjoy such artists as; KRS-One, De La , PE, and so on. And these same artists are now being ignored by media outlets as if there fan base never existed? So why do you think current rap music is so catered to the youth and not the fans who grew up on it?Redman:
Well ya gotta look at it like this, everything is going to be youthful, music is going to be youthful. The only music that can stretch over to old and still get young play is rock music. I don't think hip hop has developed to be like rock music yet. Well ya know what, the old school music has, but I don't think the new generation rap is going to last like old school rock music. Or like an old Big Daddy Kane, or an old Slick Rick record, that when it comes on in a club it's 20 years old but it still bangs. Ya got to think about the youth of the today, they think there doing hip hop. Just like when KRS One and Big Daddy Kane came into the game, they were doing hip hop and being youthful. Everybody loved the youth of rap, and that will always continue. And there will always be veterans and youth as long as the game runs, and that's just the evolution of hip hop.215:
Throughout your long career even with the situation between Keith Murray and Mobb Deep, you never got involved with any rap beef. Is this something that you've always kept behind close doors, or do people just know not to f*ck with you?Redman:
Well our beef was basically underground because we don't really sell the beef through records. Our crew is hands on and seeing you at the show, and doing the music for the people. So whatever went down or suppose to go down, it happened, or it didn't happen, and it was quite and shutdown and was peace after that. Ya know I'm an easy going guy. I don't look for no trouble. And muthaf*kas is like, don't f*ck with him, and I give the attitude like don't f*ck with me, and I won't f*ck with you. And a lot of ni**as portray so tough that it causes ni**as to test them, and I don't bring that type of vibe.215:
Back when "Dare iz a Darkside"
both dropped I remember seeing a Def Jam ad in The Source, promoting both your albums and said something like; "The Month Of The Man"
. And I remember saying to myself that would be an ill collabo, then a few yrs. later "How High" dropped. So I was always curious if this 'lil ad sparked the idea of you guys working together?Redman:
Yeah it did, but at the same time Me and Meth just clicked. We knew what we could do, and that we had skills, we thought alike, we act alike, we smoked alike. So we thought why not do a record and get this extra money.215:
I saw a Method Man interview recently and he said that the song "Da Rockwilder"
was so short, because you didn't like the beat? Is that true?Redman:
No it wasn't true. I liked the beat, but ya see what Mr. Methman and Rockwilder forgot, is that we did do a long version. We wrote 2 more verses for the track and it just didn't feel right. It was great being a short track, so I said lets just leave it where it was, cause it just felt too long to me. And that's all it was215:
Now Meth just dropped an album, the Wu album should be done soon. Your album is dropping this week. Seems like a perfect time to start working on a new Meth & Red album?Redman:
Yes of course, "Black Out II" coming soon215:
An old hip hop associate of mine always spoke very highly of you, and I haven't seen her in years. And wanted to know if you still kept in touch or know what she's been up to. Liza from the hip hop video show: The Avenue
that was based out of Philly in the late 90's?Redman:
Ohh my god! Where she at? All you gotta do is look her up on the thing (myspace).215:
I tried, I couldn't find her. Last I heard she was doing stuff with BET and I thought you may still be in contact with
Nah I haven't spoken to her in over five years! If you get a hold of her, tell her to holla at me somehow.