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Reginald "Reggie" Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam label. He is also well known for his collaborations with Method Man, including their starring roles in films and sitcoms. He was also a member of the Def Squad in the early 1990s. Redman is one-half of the rap duo Method Man & Redman.

Biography

Music career

Reginald "Reggie" Noble was born and raised in Newarkmarker, New Jersey. In 1990, Reggie made his world debut on the EPMD album Business as Usual appearing on tracks "Hardcore" and "Brothers On My Jock". In 1992 Redman released his debut album, Whut? Thee Album, which Allmusic noted for blending "reggae and funk influences" with a "terse, though fluid rap style". The album peaked at number forty-nine on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold. He was named "Rap Artist of the Year" by The Source. Redman followed up with his 1994 album, Dare Iz a Darkside. The first single, "Rockafella," samples Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" and George Clinton's "Flashlight," two of the most sampled songs in hip hop.

Redman's solo career continued throughout the remainder of the decade, with each of his albums selling at least half a million copies. His musical style has remained very consistent, rarely deviating from a combination of unique braggadocious wit and hard hitting beats. Redman is also the originator of the pop-culture gesture, "Raise the Roof", due to the gesture being performed in the video, "Pick It Up" from his 1996 album, "Muddy Waters". In addition to releasing albums under his own name, he is part of the group Def Squad (along with Keith Murray and Erick Sermon) with whom he released the 1998 album El Niño, and also has formed a close partnership with labelmate Method Man (of the Wu-Tang Clan) who, with him, made a featured appearance with the Dogg Pound in Tupac Shakur's 1996 album All Eyez on Me in the rap song Got My Mind made up where both rapped with Kurupt in verse two and Meth also did the chorus, and with whom he released the 1999 album Blackout!.

Redman had his best-known international hit with Christina Aguilera, when he was featured on her 2002 single "Dirrty". Around this time he was also featured on a popular remix of Pink's track Get This Party Started. Since the release of Malpractice, he has kept his fans happy by independently releasing the Ill At Will mixtapes, which feature various members of his Gilla House crew, including Saukrates and Icarus. Other members under Redman's Gilla House imprint include Ready Roc, E3, Young Heat, and Melanie. Under his birthname, Reggie Noble, Redman has done production for himself, many of his crew members, and even Shaquille O'Neal on his 'Shaq-Fu: Da Return' album.

In March 2007, Redman released Red Gone Wild. He says that the reason for the long wait to drop the album is because of the fast-changing pace of Hip Hop on his MySpace interview.

On March 27, 2007 Redman confirmed on BET's Rap City: Tha Bassment that the sequel to How High, How High 2, is currently being written.

In an April 10, 2007, Onion AV Club interview , Redman hinted that there would be a second collaborative album with Method Man, with work beginning in midsummer or early September.

In early 2008, a remake of the Smoothe da Hustler and Trigger tha Gambler classic Broken Language was released to the internet by the duo entitled Broken Language 2008, fueling rumors of a Blackout! sequel coming soon. This rumor was further fueled by the duo while performing in Gainesville, FLmarker at the University of Floridamarker. A Blackout! 2 LP was scheduled for a December 9, 2008 release but was recently pushed back to the first quarter of '09. With a new release date on May 19, also a sequel to the very popular How High is in the process of being written and is to begin being filmed in the summer of '09. Bun B has confirmed that he will guest star on Blackout! 2 – in April 2009, a single has been released named City Lights, produced by Nasty Kutt Also producers such as Erick Sermon, Rockwilder and Pete Rock have announced their presence on the album.

The duo is also currently on their Still High tour with Termanalogy, the Alchemist, & Evidence of Dilated Peoples.

In May 2009, Redman confirmed his next solo album would come out September, 2009. The current title for the project is "Reggie Noble 09 1/2".

Other media

In 2001, Redman co-starred with Method Man in the stoner comedy film How High, which featured the pair playing two marijuana-addled students attempting to survive at Harvardmarker. Redman also stated at a recent concert (at the Showbox in Seattle) that he and Method Man are working on How High 2, a sequel to the first movie. Redman also played a major role in the horror film Seed of Chucky. He has been very selective of what movie roles he takes and wants to play starring roles with other notable actors. Method Man and Redman also appear in Def Jam Vendetta, Def Jam: Fight for NY and Def Jam: Icon video games, often as tag team partners, and briefly had their own television sitcom, Method & Red, on Fox during the 2003–2004 season.In the music video for The Offspring's single Original Prankster, Redman plays the part of the "Original Prankster."

Redman is featured in the 2006 video game True Crime: New York City. He provides the voice of himself in a mini-game where he tries to escape New York during a riot. This character also has a cameo in the main storyline.

In the U.K., Redman was featured in an MTV Cribs special on MTV and TMF. The special was titled Crap Cribs.

In 2004, Redman again co-starred with Method Man in the Nickelodeon cartoon, The Fairly OddParents in School's Out! The Musical, rapping the Pixes's song or Pixes Rap as its called.

In August 2007, Redman played a show at the Showbox in Seattle, WA on very short notice after MF Doom canceled his concert. Redman flew from San Francisco, CA after the concert promoters contacted him. In November 2007, Redman performed at the 20th annual High Times Cannabis Cup.

Redman boarded his dog "Daddy" with Cesar Millan, and Daddy is now featured regularly on The Dog Whisperer as one of Cesar's "Pack", helping to rehabilitate other dogs. Redman officially gave Daddy to Millan after determining it would be too complicated to take Daddy back, considering the dog's age and bond with Millan.

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Filmography



Awards/Nominations

Redman has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards



    • 2003, Best Pop Collaboration w/ Vocals "Dirrty" w/ Christina Aguilera (nominated)
    • 2001, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group "Ooh" w/ De La Soul (nominated)


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