"Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, Reggie Noble's stankin a$$ will not be performin with us"- Redman (It's Like That)
Redman is a true embodiment of hiphop! He has never veered from the path of giving fans that raw edge that is the very essence of hiphop.
Thoughtfully-witty lyrics propel his listeners over grimy beats, until our necks feel like their going to snap off our bodies. Muddy Waters is a classic album from Redman that hosted several raw cuts, but "It's Like That" is a song that any true hiphop fan will know and love for it's unfiltered rawness. Unhinged Reviews opens up a classic track from
Mr. Reggie Noble.
This classic starts off with one of the most catchy public service announcements known to hip hop(above). It is embedded in the minds of many and will be ingrained in more as Redman's music is discovered by new fans. The production of the track is grime all the way, bone-jarring drums and a dirty snare keep this track grounded in the sewer. When you listen to Redman's music, you understand that he could care less about radio spins, he gives it to hardcore fans all day long. Just look at the album cover for the album, does it look like Redman gives a "What"?
The lyrics on this track blow a good 70% of some of these wack, wanna-be, unoriginal, imitating rappers out of the water. I'm not making this a personal attack, but people need to understand that rap and hiphop are two different animals. The pretty boy floyd garble you hear on the radio is rap, it's just music with a nice beat and a few rhyming words. Real hip-hop rarely comes on the radio, but I will say on occasion it does because there are a few artists who have been able to balance the two forms of music. Redman on the other hand, is all the way hardcore Hip-hop!
Red teamed up with K-Solo on this track and they crushed the nerves out of the track's spine on this one. They go back and forth trading lyrics like they have dropped in from another planet. Not even slacking up to let the track breath for a moment, they are on a mission to slay the head of Medusa. K-Solo's thick gruff voice holds a bass line of it's own as Red's "higher" octave rides over top the snares and Solo's lyrics to create a classic.
"The Bizarre, the rap non-superstar, when I step up I pump volume like raw"- Redman
When's the last time you heard something this raw on the radio? I bet you a hundred dollars it's been a while, more like a good minute since anything of this caliber was on the air. This track comes from the 90s era of hiphop when folks were being creative and weren't just saying things to sound cool. You didn't hear all the "I got money" and "My hair is longer than your girls", what kind of sense does that even make? It doesn't make any over here, for one thing. Secondly, when Unhinged Reviews listens to music we want quality, originality not something anyone with a microphone can microwave and serve.
Okay, so things got a little heated in the text, but this is Unhinged Reviews, we take our media seriously. Go back and listen to some of the older cuts from the 90s and early 2000s from artists like Eminem, Redman, Busta Rhymes and Method Man, if you want real hip-hop. Redman, our hats are off to you for staying true to the form, your efforts keep Hip-Hop alive.
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