Redman drops new album

Tue Dec 7, 2010 10:54pm EST
 
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By Jason Lipshutz

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Although his seventh studio album, "Reggie," hit stores Tuesday, Redman is already looking ahead to a busy 2011.

The veteran rapper told Billboard.com that he is using the often-delayed new album, which features cameos by Method Man, Bun B and Faith Evans, to explore different sounds before releasing a sequel to his classic 1996 disc "Muddy Waters" next year.

"I wanted to step out of the box musically, and show growth in my rhymes and my musical choices," said Redman, who turned 40 earlier this year.

He added that songs like "Mics, Lights, Camera, Action" offer more political commentary than he's used to, while the piano-driven "Lemme Get 2" has an inspirational message about life on the road.

"I think I have a job to do with my fans... to represent that 90s, soulful, substantial music that we're missing now," he said.

As for his other musical projects, Redman says that he has "five songs" ready for "Muddy Waters 2," and that the album will be "another classic" when it is released in 2011.

The rapper also plans to release "Blackout! 3," his third collaborative effort with Method Man, sometime next year.

Additionally, Redman is writing a screenplay for a new movie starring Method Man and himself, but he said that "How High 2," the rumored follow-up to the rappers' 2001 stoner comedy, will probably never get made due to "rights and paper work.   Continued...