Redman recently spoke on the possibility of leaving his current label and joining forces with Eminem‘s Shady Records and complimented their focus on “hip-hop.”
Em wanted to sign him, Red detailed his willingness to link with Shady if the situation presented itself.
“Even like Shady, even to have that idea, or Eminem to even have that idea like thinking Redman was gonna be off Def Jam and he coming through is a privilege,” Red explained. “Like, I will leave right now and go over there to Shady. I don’t care, ’cause they still doing hip-hop and I love it. Anybody supporting it, I’m there. Big up to Shady though, but I ain’t off Def Jam yet, f*ck. But I’m there though. I’m still rockin’. Come get me for a record though, let’s make it happen.” (Dog & Pony Show)
Despite a roster including 50 Cent and D12, the label previously released artists Stat Quo and Obie Trice last year.
“Shady Records has agreed to allow Obie Trice to pursue his craft in a different forum free from the constraints of the current major label model,” Em’s manager Paul Rosenberg said in a statement. “Eminem will continue to support and work with Obie on many levels of his career. He remains a close friend and member of the Shady family.” (Rap Basement)
Em recently weighed in on artists who have caught his attention while he was away from the hip-hop spotlight.
“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)
Aside from music, Redman recently spoke with SOHH about Universal’s unwillingness to help put out a How High 2.
“As far as Universal, bad move,” Red explained. “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)
Blackout 2 hits retail stores Tuesday, May 19th via Def Jam Records.
Check out Redman’s interview below: