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Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by the stage name Redman, is an American rapper. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he became popular as an artist on the Def Jam label in the early 1990s.
CareerAfter Erick Sermon (of the seminal rap group EPMD) spotted Redman freestyling in a New York nightclub, Sermon added him to the Hit Squad crew of aspiring MCs (along with K-Solo and Das EFX). Redman made his rapping debut on the EPMD songs "Hardcore" and "Brothers On My Jock" off their third album Business As Usual (Def Jam 1990). Redman's 1992 Def Jam debut Whut? Thee Album broke into the US Top 50, achieved gold status in the United States. Prominent hip hop magazine The Source subsequently named Redman the Rap Artist of the Year for 1993 and Live Performer of the Year for 2000. 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 Redman's unique braggadocious wit and hard, P-funk-influenced beats. 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) with whom he released the 1999 album Blackout!. Redman has collaborated extensively, both with hip hop artists and with artists from other genres. The list of artists and groups he has worked with includes Lil' Kim, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, Limp Bizkit, Scarface, The Offspring, Eminem, Beanie Sigel, Kottonmouth Kings, Saukrates, Obie Trice, Canibus, Gorillaz, Method Man, Wu-Tang Clan, Ruff Ryders, D'Angelo, Me'shell Ndegeocello, 2Pac, Notorious BIG, Jodeci, Cypress Hill, The Oak Ridge Boys, De La Soul, Dru Hill, Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, KRS-One, Damian Marley, Styles, Dr. Dre, Chico DeBarge, Beverley Knight, IAM and Christina Aguilera. Redman had his best-known international mainstream hit with Aguilera, when he featured on her 2002-2003 club hit single "Dirrty". Since the release of Redman's last studio album he has kept his fans happy by independently releasing the Ill At Will mix tapes 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, Runt Dog, 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. Redman released his most recent album in March 2007 titled Red Gone Wild and is releasing Muddy Waters 2 in November 2007. Redman's personal mySpace page http://www.myspace.com/funkdocgilla features new music.
Other mediaIn 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 Harvard. Method Man and Redman also appear in Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam: Fight for NY video games, often as Tag Team partners, and briefly had their own television sitcom, Method & Red, on Fox during the 2003–2004 season. Redman also features on the 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 UK, 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 several rap songs.
- Funk Doc / Funk Doctor / Funk Doctor Spot (often confused with "Spock")
- Reggie / Reggie Noble (his real name)
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- Uncle Quilly