On this day, December 10, in hip-hop history…
1996: While most artists’ debut albums are classified as their best, Redman showed that artists could continuously improve their craft with his third album Muddy Waters. Released after his 1992 album, Whut? Thee Album, and 1994’s Dare Iz A Dark Side, both critically acclaimed, Redman released the album that would be touted as a hip-hop classic.
Muddy Waters explored themes such as life on the streets, women, violence, and drugs. The album featured artists such as Rockwilder, Erick Sermon, and frequent collaborator Method Man. It included the hit singles “Its Like That (My Big Brother),” “Whateva Man,” and “Pick It Up.” Upon its release, Muddy Waters peaked at the top spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts and at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. It was certified gold two months after its release.
Redman followed Muddy Waters with four solo albums, the most recent being 2010’s Reggie. He also released Blackout and Blackout 2 with Method Man. Although he has had successful albums since Muddy Waters, he liked the classic sound of Muddy Waters and is returning to that sound with the Muddy Waters 2 mixtape, set to be released soon.—Ariana LaBarrie