REVIEW: Redman – Malpractice

Malpractice

Artist: Redman

Album: Malpractice

Label: Def Jam

Rating: 5 / 10

Reviewer: Sir

The intro to this Redman LP warns the listener to “be prepared as there is no escaping the Rollercoaster Malpractice.” But as for the new Redman album being much more than a kiddie ride is yet to be decided. The first track, ‘Diggy Doc’, kicks off with the same Redman flavor that all lovers of the Brick City rhymer are used to: a dope Erick Sermon produced beat with Redman’s usual bragging, gritty & grimy lyrics, for example him letting us all know “I smoke so much of that green I bleed guacamole.”

After hearing the first cut, I was excited to hear the rest of “Malpractice”, but then the beat for track two ‘Lick A Shot’ kicked in and my attention had already began to wander. Once again the lyrics were on point, but the beat did nothing for me. It sounded like a recycled beat from the Method Man & Redman album, “Blackout.” There is nothing wrong with that, but I was just looking for more.

The third track, ‘Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get In Da Club)’ featuring DJ Kool, which is also the first single, and was also disappointing. No doubt Rockwilder and Redman laid it down tight in the past, but for me this track just did not spark anything me. It is a decent cut, but I am not sure if it is single material and is definitely not the best track on the album. Chalk this track up as a decent concept that just didn’t meet it’s potential. Number five on the tracklist is ‘WKYA (drop)’ is a short two-minute song that is sub-par as well. After giving it a second and a third listen, it kinda grew on me, although the lyrics were barely impressive, with nothing special sparking my interest. Next, came the first skit, which seemed like an entire waste of effort. ‘2-Way Madness’ is about a guy getting threatening messages on his 2-Way Pager and ends up getting smoked by his driver. Skip it.

The seventh cut on the album showed some promise. Another typical Sermon beat, featuring Scarface, Treach, Mally G, and Icarus, but had the good old Redman feel to it. Decent rhymes dropped from the featured artists and Redman himself, but with nothing spectacular, but true Redman fans shouldn’t mind, as well as ‘Uh-Huh’ which is more basic Redman for all the Doc lovers out there. Track 11 (‘Enjoy Da Ride’) was the only song that Redman’s partner-in-smoke, Method Man, appeared on and once again Reggie Noble let me down. As far as rating this track, it is average. A different pace than the rest of the other cuts, but generally the same result, although Meth came prepared to spit and left me wanting more.

Then comes more and more skits. Generally, Redman delivers skits that leave even a listener, who didn’t just inhale a blunt or two, laughing. But with “Malpractice” all they do is disrupt the flow of the cd and force you to hit the “skip” button. Number 13, ‘J.U.M.P’ features George Clinton, who I think is a perfect partner for Redman. Craziness and originality should stay in the same room and this track had me nodding and Redman’s delivery had my head spinning as he told all his peoples in the house to “jump and get up” and ,of course, George said his piece.

Number 14 and 15 were equally unworthy to be labelled as Redman cuts. ‘Bricks Two’ showed promise, but there wasn’t a single verse on it from Redman other than the chorus. Keith Murray and Missy Elliot show up on the next two songs and although ‘Wrong 4 Dat’ is a decent song, I had the same problem with it that I did a lot of the other tracks I didn’t like: it lacked that Redman flair. As for the Missy song, I gave it about half-a-listen… I advise you to do the same. I thought the Missy song was horrible and one of the worst cuts on the album, until I heard Redman’s verses and DMX saying “where my doggs at?” over a beat that I thought that only Ginuwine should be on. The next three tracks are some more old school-type Redman sounds with the return of Soopaman Luva searching for his “mojo.” I had given up on this album of meeting any of my expectations until the final track (bonus track) kicked in and found myself willing to listen to the whole cd over again just to get to it. It was unlike any of the other tracks on “Malpractice”, which is probably why I liked it. This album needed more “in your face” shit like this.

In all, Redman let me down. Obviously Erick Sermon did a lot to bring his career to the forefront, but Da Funk Doc needs to open his mouth and let him know that he wasn’t feeling those beats. Although, the artwork in the cd cover is well worth the price of the cd, including pictures of Redman smoking with no end in sight with Bill Clinton, engaging in a kinky three-some with two very willing women, and the Redman doll beating the shit out of a teletubbie and you can never go wrong with lyrics and stories from Redman. But, I guess I can see why Redman included the midget nurse on the cover because this definitely fell “short” of my expectations. The cover of the cd itself asks the listeners “Where Is Reggie Noble?” After hearing “Malpractice,” he obviously wasn’t in the studio editing his latest project.

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