The Redman Interview
Def Jam Icon ships today to PS3 and Xbox 360. EA was in town and they arranged for me to interview Redman and play the game with him. It was really exciting to meet him.
MDS: Howâs it going?
Redman: Itâs just the bomb, man. The bomb. Smoked this (holds up mostly smoked blunt) We all ready for business.
Someone offers Redman a light. The lighter is green.
Redman: Thatâs a good color.
MDS: Greenâs a good color, eh?
Laughing, Redman lights blunt.
MDS: I gotta tell you, Redman. I am a huge fan of yours. Much of my time in the mid â90âs was spent playing video games and listening to your music.
Redman: And getting high.
MDS: OK, OK. I wasnât going to come right out and say it. And getting high.
MDS: The other thing is that I grew up in NJ
Redman: What part?
MDS: Millburn. So a lot of the places that you sing about, like Irvington
Redman: East Orange, Plainfield, Springfield
MDS: yeah, I always get a huge kick out of that
Redman: Nice. Nice.
MDS: So, how do you like the game?
Redman: I think the fucking game is fucking fabulous.
MDS: Thatâs your official quote?
Redman: Yes. Iâm still trying to learn the motherfucker.
MDS: Did you play games when you were a little kid?
Redman: I had Atari. I had Coleco. So, yeah. I even had a Jaguar when it was out for a minute. I played a lot as a kid, but when I was introduced to Doom it took it to another level.
MDS: Oh, yeah!
Redman: Iâm a first person shooter kind of gamer.
MDS: Totally. Doom2 totally changed my life. (High fives all around)
Redman: Yeah, man. I always wanted to meet the motherfuckers who did Doom.
MDS: I used to work at the NJ Medical School, on South Orange Ave in Newark. I was a network administrator and I built this whole setup so we could play Doom over the network after work.
MDS: We would play all night. It was awesome.
Redman: Wasnât that shit weird, man.
MDS: There was nothing like that.
Redman: Nothing like that in the fucking world.
MDS: And it just like totally sucked you in and gave you this feeling of power.
Redman: And it felt like what Hell was like. Oh shit, that was messed up. They made one for Xbox, didnât they?
MDS: Yeah, for Xbox 360, last year.
Redman: You know what else was a fucking good game? Powerstone. They ainât never made anything like that again. Powerstone was a dope ass fucking game.
Kudo explains the controls to Redman.
Kudo: The face buttons are attacks so you can start whaling on those. The right analog stick, you can do a grab and throw by pushing up and then down.
Redman: You showed me some of that shit before.
Kudo: If you rotate the right thumbstick around from say 3 oâclock to the left itâll knock the guy to the left. If you rotate it around to the right, itâll swing kick him to the right. Or if you go straight down and straight up thatâllâ¦
MDS: Would that by any chance be a blunt?
Redman: Yeah. Yeah, you can have it. Sure.
MDS: Dude, that is so fucking sweet. Thanks.
Redman: Thatâs the end of it but you can still smoke up on that one.
MDS: Thank you, sir.
Voice in the background says, âSomeone take a picture of thatâ
Redman (still playing game): Iâm trying to remember my grabs.
Kudo: Right, so if you push up on the right thumbstick then you can grab a guy and throw him into the hazards.
Redman: I know. The background has fucking got it.
Kudo: Why donât you two guys fight it out? Hands controller to Matt
Redman: Yeah, while weâre getting high.
MDS: So how did you get involved in actually making the games?
Redman: I really owe everything to Lauren. You know, sheâs been in my whole career, the whole time Iâve been banging out music. Iâm just glad she saw what she wanted to do and she included me in her plans. First of all, she know me and Meth is big gamers. And for her to have this kind of plan and give me this kind of opportunity I think itâs beautiful. I like this shit and I donât even like fighting games. I donât play Tekken
MDS: What makes this better?
Redman: I mean itâs fucking like reality, man.
MDS: Itâs not just button mashing
Redman: What it is, is that the characters are on here, the MCs and actors and stuff, but that is not the main issue. That is not whatâs keeping this game over. Oh, I got a better character so I killed you. Thatâs not what itâs about. The action, the details, whatâs going on with these things in the back. Itâs taking it to the next fucking level. Watch a lot of games want to be like this shit here.
Other: Who do enjoy whipping on the most?
MDS: He seems to be enjoying kicking my ass.
Kudo: You can see how heâs taking damage and his face is messed up and his clothes are torn.
Redman: yeah, man, the fucking background. Iâm fighting some guy and thereâs a car and other fucking shit coming out.
MDS: So do you play a lot of games now?
Redman: I still play games. Iâm on Call of Duty 3 for 360. And the reason why thatâs out of control is because Iâm learning shit on there. Itâs not just fighting and shit but putting me in the action how these fucking soldiers were back then, the Germans and all that shit.
MDS: Yeah, itâs crazy.
Other: Tell me a little bit about the new album you have coming out.
Redman: The new album is called Red Gone Wild and itâs coming out on the 27th. I called it Red Gone Wild, not because itâs more wild and shit, Iâd be doing that anyway. I broke the mold with previous albums I did. I got the deuces. I got a team now, Iâm introducing Yellowhouse, MCâs Dick and Don, Ready Rock, Raquel, Marquee, Melanie, and E3. I havenât had an album out in a while and want everyone to think of this as an introduction. This is some good music and I want to hear more. You all can tell Iâve grown. Iâm 36 now so I canât be talking about crazy young shit
MDS: You know, man, I was reading your bio and I saw that youâre born in April 1970. I was born in March 1970.
MDS: Itâs funny.
Redman: Yeah, it is. You know, you right there. Meth was born in March 1971. Yeah.
Other: So are you happy with your character in the game?
Redman: Yeah. I love it. The thing is with all my characters in all the games they come up to me and say âYo, your character is hard as hell to whup.â
Other: What do you think is the illest thing you ever said? What makes you say, Thatâs my shit right there?
Redman: On the mixing? I donât know, Iâve got some pretty dope shit on there, like number 10, number 3.
Other: Thereâs something about Lil Wayne?
Redman: Yo, I blow ya minds, like Kurt Cobain. My block is hot like Lil' Wayne, I'll pop ya little chain. I'm ready, hip hop is not gon' be the same. Like the Roc and Dame, I'll dot the little change.
Redman: You know me. Iâll do the mixing. Number 10 is really where I showed some skills with that Eminem beat.
Redman: Iâm in the studio like 15-20 hours a day. Iâve got my own studio in midtown Manhattan so you know midtown, you better get on that bitch.
MDS: Yeah, youâd better use it.
Redman: Once I put my name on that lease, thatâs where my time goes. My studio ainât got no windows or nothing like that. Thatâs how I get my shit on.
Redman and I continue fighting each other.
MDS: You play a lot of 360?
Redman: Yeah, I got the 360. I also got the PS3 but I ainât really banged out on that yet. You know what Iâm really surprise at? The Wii system.
MDS: I love it. Itâs very inventive. There are so many different things you can do. The controller is pretty cool.
Redman: I think thatâs some new wave shit that theyâre doing.
Other: Whatâs your favorite game with you in it?
Redman: Right now, this Def Jam Icon shit. I was in this EA Sports basketball game.
Other: You were an unlockable character.
Redman: Yeah. I thought that was really cool.
MDS: What do you think of the convergence of urban culture and gaming? You know, like thereâs more hip hop games. Youâve got all the kids playing games. More and more games use popular music. Do you see the games and music becoming more tied together as time goes by?
Redman: Hell yeah. Why wouldnât they? Thatâs the new wave. Music, games. It sells. Thatâs what it is. I want to make some adult games. Like really wild. Thereâs plenty of kids games, but adults like to play games too. You could have a party and invite people over and show ass, titties, everything.
Redman: You can get hit by these graphics, too. You can get hit by the camera or the lights.
MDS: Yeah, you can throw the guy into them.
MDS: Thatâs awesome that you played Doom 2 like that.
MDS: So you live in Jersey and you come into the city every day? Do you want to come by my place and play some Wii?
Redman: What about Doom?
MDS: Iâll set it up.
MDS: So youâre really in the city every day?
Redman: Yeah, I commute in every day. Iâm always working. Iâm mixing and shit. Iâm very hands on. Iâm not just sitting there. I engineer my own stuff. I use all the equipment and I work on everything.
MDS: Do you want to be involved in more games?
Redman: Hell, yes. All day. Iâm glad that I got the opportunity to fucking do this. Itâs like Iâm part of the game world now. Iâve been in a bunch of games. I was in that True Crime NYC. That was Activision. That was real cool.
MDS: Do you live in the suburbs now?
Redman: Nah, Iâm in Brick City, man.
MDS: Oh, youâre still in Newark.
Other: On that MTV Cribs, was that really your crib?
Redman: That was the apartment that I was staying in at the time. I fix stuff up. Thereâs always the before and after stuff. I like to buy things and fix them up so I can sell them.
MDS: What do you think about the revitalization in Newark?
Redman: I like it because itâs giving motherfuckers the opportunity to have cars and shit.
MDS: It was great meeting you, man. Take care.
Redman: You too.