In hip hop the worst thing you can do is betray who you are and make a mockery of yourself by doing what we call 'fronting'. thats where you act like something that isn't how you feel to promote an image that people will believe is you because thats whats popular. There were a lot of emcees that did that back in the day and still do it to this very day. my niece and had a discussion about stage persona vs stage presence. Redman is one of my favorite emcees because he's not like that, he's one-hundred percent presence. i had trouble defending him because on his first albums he rapped with a split personality (Reggie Noble; his real name and Redman; his performance name), but when i went back and listened... there wasn't much difference between the two of them besides the name. for today's vintage video i was able to scare up one of my favorite songs off of his first album that specifically features what happens when he tries to make a smooth song.
Redman - Tonight's Da Nite (1992)
he has always been this ridiculous and genuine. his skills are impressive and he fully deserves the position he has in the echelon of emcees. he's one of those names in hip hop that gets me excited. and to top it off, he's a pretty funny guy at a live show... unless your town sucks or doesn't have a college in it.
just to emphasize his lack of change and how ridiculous he really is (also because i love his work and his videos), im going to show a bunch of Redman today. and if you don't necessarily care to see rap videos so much, you will at least enjoy the comedy.
Note: Redman specifically loves fat women and makes fun of pretty women... and fat women... and old women.
Redman - Cant Wait (1994)
note: redman didnt like any of the work he did at this time. he says it was a very dark time in his life.
Redman - I'll Bee Dat (1998)
note: the first time i saw this i shot juice out of my nose at 2 min 30 seconds into the video.
De La Soul (Feat. Redman) - Oooh (2000)
note: i still have no idea how they got de la soul to dress up like wizard of oz.
Redman - Put it down (2007)
note: i hadnt seen this video until very recently. i just dont watch too many videos really.
i could go on forever about this guy, Redman. in all honesty, he's one of my actual favorite emcees. theres no tricks to his style, he is just a good emcee, his lyrics are solid, and his voice is very recognizable... and he's mad funny. i like comedy.
sorry about the extra long post today... but its Redman.