Redman recently spoke about his upcoming collaborative album Blackout 2 and how he was able to convince Methd Man and Bun B to hop on the same record.
Red described his intent to provide fans with their old-school sound and his resistance to trying new fads in music.
“I look at it like it’s on that 90’s feel,” Red explained about his album with Mef. “You want that ol’ thing back with a little bit of twists to it. It’s like it’s Red and Meth all the way, nothing different, we ain’t trying to step out the box. We try to please y’all with the hot sh*t…I know Bun B, [“City Lights”] was made by my boy overseas who I put on, Nasty Cut. I always had the track ’cause I was gonna use it for Muddy Waters 2…I ain’t think Mef was gonna f*ck with it ’cause it was more of a South beat, but Meth liked it, called Bun B up, said ‘Yo man, listen to it, the song already got Pimp C in it and since me and Mef doing an album and y’all a duo, what be better than put UGK on there?”…Also, May 19th, after that, September, I got an album coming out called Reggie Noble 09 1/2.” (iHipHop)
Serving as a ten-year follow-up to Blackout, Mef previously discussed the reasons behind their long-awaited album delay.
“I had obligations,” Mef explained in an interview. “Doc had obligations. There were things going on [with] the label. Staff changes. That’s what happened…I never really got the chance to sit down and actully make an album. I mean really get in and make an album that was complete to the point that I was satisfied with it. Whereas my man’s track record, he’s made whole movies with an album. So with both those aspects brought on to this project, this is the most focused I’ve been really on any of the projects I’ve been on including Wu-Tang because there wasn’t any rush, we had time to really think out what we wanted to do and it was a comfortable environment man. First time in a long a** time, man.” (MTV)
Red also described his motivation to put the album out for his “smoking” audience in a past interview.
“The Blackout! album [is coming] plus we shootin’ How High Part 2, so you know, we we in the midst of sh*t, man,” Red promised in an interview. “We wanna represent all the smokers. We know ain’t nobody came out and represented the smokers in a long time besides us, so we comin’ out for y’all…We missed out a lot of jobs and a lot of people f*cking with us big time in Hollywood because we smoke too much…we promote smoke, I don’t give a f*ck…So I said ‘f*ck all that Hollywood money, I’m gonna smoke my ass off.’ So you know, all my smokers out there, we coming. We want y’all to support us ’cause we definitely, we definitely represent all the smokers.” (Out Tha Box TV)
Aside from music, SOHH recently reached out to Red about the delay with his How High movie sequel.
“As far as Universal, bad move,” he said. “Everybody that we promoted the [movie] to all our fans we thank you for listening and rooting for us and wondering when the new movie coming out but it’s not our fault. It’s a business move. Universal are not pushing. They’re not opening that money door for us to shoot it. We promoted the sh*t out of that movie. We got the whole world waiting for a How High 2. [They’d] be stupid not to just throw money and say let’s just do it because it’s already promoted. That’s the real deal. It’s business, paperwork, not us.” (SOHH)
Check out Redman speaking on Blackout 2 below: