This how it sound when them boys is transmitted: Redman in conversation with Fab Five Freddy
One of the first music videos I directed in the late ‘80s was for EPMD’s “Strictly Business”. I was early into hosting YO! MTV Raps at that time, the show that helped take hip-hop culture mainstream into homes coast to coast and around the world, if you paid that cable bill.
It was on a couple guest verses on EPMD’s album Business as Usual that I first heard Redman, and I knew right away he was sure to blow up. Indeed he did, and today he’s one of hip-hop’s most respected rappers, with over two decades of albums, movies and TV shows under his belt, plus new music out and more projects in the works.
It had been a while since I’d seen Reggie Noble—aka Redman—so when director Diane Martel reached out and asked me to interview him I agreed, thus beginning a cross-country cat-and-mouse game to track him down. Luckily I had to travel to LA for some strictly business of the FAB kind—I finally found Redman at the home of his good friend, the music producer Tony DeNiro, and got the interview just in time.