Volume 92, Issue 65

Friday, January 22, 1999


The Concrete Beat

Articulating one's own space

Western grad robbing the spotlight

Rainy Day bound for glory

Sociopath star of new comedy

Dubbing new electronic barriers

Redman da man for Def Jam

Celebrity sightings


Redman da man for Def Jam

Doc's Da Name 2000
Def Jam

The hip-hop power structure has again taken a shift and Redman's new joint has helped grease the tracks. After a couple of softer years dominated by the pop sensibility of Puffy and others further south, the code of the streets has once again been redefined.

Redman's Doc's Da Name 2000 comes hot on the heels of Method's Tical 2 and propagates the same "keep your head up" mentality.

Representing Newark (Da Bricks), New Jersey, Redman is clearly becoming the hardest working rapper in the industry.

Doc's Da Name is a hard, tight and complete album. It sets a high standard for '99 by continuing the latest trend of thematically constructed albums. On Doc's Da Name, the main thread is Redman's calls to "let da monkey out" which is the title of the first song. The track has the pop personality which could get the place hoppin' but the sobering underbelly of a large scale riot – a symptom which spreads through the whole album.

"I'll Bee Dat" incorporates a hot sample from Beenie Man's "Who Am I Sim Simma" while "Close Ya Doors" bounces with a "rat-a-tat" Space Invaders sounding theme. Later on the album is "Boodah Break," which should appear earlier as it is an instructional track which acts as a guide to the Doc's treatments.

At no time does Doc's Da Name come off as formulaic or half-baked. The songs flow well together and are packed with energy and a hard-line attitude. Redman's lyrics are sharp as usual. He raps, "I've got a six pack of Heineken/Big cap on the wheels/And two lats/I'll give Stella her groove back."

Def Jam dominated '80s hip hop with Public Enemy and LL Cool J but the past few years have been dry. However, in Meth and Redman, Def Jam has a fearsome twosome which should keep producer Russell Simmons near the top of the hip-hop pile.


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