In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli," Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor.
Here's what we got into with the Funk Doctor Spock:
• The lives of his parents and getting kicked out of the house for selling drugs.
• Working under the mentorship of Biz Markie and how it impacted Red's persona.
• How Stretch and Bobbito helped solidify his name in the rap game.
• The stage prowess of Biz Markie and KRS One's competitive energy when performing.
• Red always demanding his audience's full and undivided attention.
• Pulling inspiration from the stage theatrics of groups like De La Soul.
• An early connection with EPMD's slow flow and heavy sampling of funk music
• Support from fellow Hit Squad member and birthday brother K-Solo.
• Animosity amongst the Hit Squad eventually coming to a boiling point.
• Always defending the legacies of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
• The song 'How To Roll A Blunt' being his early dedication to weed culture.
• Becoming the co-founder of the National Cannabis Party and it's mission.
• Exploring the making of Red's 1992 debut record 'Whut The Album'.
• Pushing the boundaries with bringing real guns to music video shoots.
• How rapper Hurricane G came into the fold and what she brought to the team.
• Why Red insists on being transparent with his fans about his flaws.
• Redman's cousin Sugar Bear aka Mr. Cream being there since the beginning.
• Being high on acid during the studio sessions of 'Dare Iz a Darkside' .
• The words that MC Hammer had for Red after hearing the 'Funky Uncles' skit.
• Redman hitting his stride in the mainstream with the 'Muddy Waters' album.
• Getting Busta Rhymes to collab with him on the song 'Da Goodness'.
• Red and Method Man's first meeting being similar to the film 'How High'.
• The Redman mascot suit and how they utilized to market and bring on tour.
• Red & Meth's 'Blackout' album and producer Rockwilder getting his chance to shine.
• Showing love for DJ Kay Slay and his legacy in the industry as one of the realest.
• Getting the opportunity to play himself in 'The Seed Of Chucky' with Jennifer Tilly.
• How Red got in tight with the Wu-Tang Clan early and was dubbed the 11th member.
• Red taking his fitness seriously after 'Muddy Waters' and getting into calisthenics.
• How his song and video 'Slap Da Sh*t Outcha' found new life after the Oscars.
• Talib's take on Redman's growth and evolution as an artist and human being.
• Red's perspective of how to handle people that bring negative energy his way.
• How he became the executive producer of the 'The Dab Roast' show.