Redman recently spoke on the new wave of rappers within hip-hop and his admiration for today’s popular emcees including Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy.
While promoting his upcoming album Blackout 2, Red shared his thoughts on today’s rap game.
“At one time, I thought hip-hop was gonna be like jazz,” he explained in an interview. “Like I thought it was gonna be down the line like ‘Y’all remember hip-hop?’ but the current state of hip-hop is saturated. I can’t complain about it because you know what, when we was coming up or when anybody was coming up, even in the ’90’s n*ggas before us were probably like ‘Who these motherf*ckers coming in here with the saggy pants and nappy head afros smokin’, you had to respect us ’cause we were coming in. Just like the new cats, like from the Weezy’s to the Jeezy’s to everybody, I respect these cats because they doing what they think hip-hop is. And they doing what they think hip-hop is doing right now. That’s what it is.” (This Is 50)
Wayne’s recent accomplishments have also caught the attention of Dipset‘s Cam’ron who recently praised the Cash Money star.
“Wayne’s my man,” Cam said in an interview. “I’m proud of him, he worked hard. You know with a lot of people, Wayne’s been doing this for years. Wayne had a record deal before I had a record deal, you know what I’m saying? Even though Cash Money been out for 12, 13 years so you know, for him to come up for where he came up, it was all them, B.G., Juvie, Turk, everybody. To see him excel from all that and become one of the hottest people in the game, 10, 12 years later, I’m really proud of him. That’s my lil’ man.” (Street Heat)
Eminem also spoke on the impact both Weezy and T.I. bring to today’s rap game.
“I stayed up on the music,” Em said in an interview. “And without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill…But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear sh*t and you’re like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the craft is getting cared about more.” (XXL Magazine)
Red recently described his intent to provide fans with old-school ’90’s records for his upcoming album with Method Man.
“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)
Check out Redman’s interview below: