NEW YORK (Billboard) - Patience is a virtue — just ask 36-year-old rapper Redman. It has been six years since his last studio album, 2001’s “Malpractice.”
But with his latest effort, “Red Gone Wild,” released March 20 through Def Jam, Redman — born Reginald Noble — will be the first to tell you there’s no better time than now to make a comeback. “When white people are wondering, ‘What’s going on with hip-hop? It don’t sound the same,’ that’s when you know we need an adjustment,” he says.
YOU AREN’T A GANGSTER RAPPER, AND YOU AREN’T A PLAYBOY. SO WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT ON “RED GONE WILD?”
On the album, I talk about the do’s and don’ts, girls, blunts, loving your mama and asking God for what you want and you will receive. I tell people to watch out for the snakes, too, and about how to do your business while keeping it street.
Since I dropped my last album, the game done flipped and evolved. These days, you either get down or lay down, and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice all my years of banging out hard and providing that underground shit just to get into the new groove. Plus, my label was going through a shift, and there was no one behind the steering wheel that I was really comfortable with to let my project go. Now everybody’s screaming (that) they want some hardcore hip-hop, so I’m here to give it to them. I’m coming at the right time.
YOU FEATURE SOME ESTABLISHED RAPPERS ON YOUR ALBUM LIKE KEITH MURRAY AND BIZ MARKIE, BUT NO ONE FROM THE NEW WAVE OF ARTISTS. WAS THAT A CONSCIOUS DECISION?
Yeah. I mean, all the new cats I need on my album are the ones that are in my crew. Everyone that’s a Redman fan knows Redman isn’t going to go get no new cat just to try to make him blow up. I don’t need new cats just to sell records. I like to stick to my realm, my career group.
WHY DID YOU GO WITH THE TIMBALAND-PRODUCED “PUT IT DOWN” AS THE FIRST SINGLE?
It had nothing to do with Timbaland being hot right now. It was just the only song that was standing out for me at the time. It’s like a 2007 “Time for Some Action.” So, we had to run with it.
I want to start directing movies. My thing is women’s shoes, too. I’m probably the rapper with the biggest foot fetish. That’s why I plan on dedicating some time to women’s shoes. Plus I’m working on new projects with Method Man, “How High II” and “Black Out II,” a new album. We’re actually writing the movie now. The album is still in its infant stages, but those who are Redman and Method Man fans know we’re gonna keep it smoky.