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20 Definitive Blerd Rap Albums

5. Whut? Thee Album by Redman (1992)

Whut Thee
I do the hustle like Russell, Rush the stage with Simmons
Deadly venom, makes me Poison like Michael Bivins
Or a cobra, pop more pop than Coca-Cola
Next to Yoda I'm a Star at War, plus roller coaster

On his funk heavy debut, Newark rapper Reggie Noble introduced the world to an energy never experienced before in rap. A party record at heart, the album is filled with aggression and absurd jokes and references that come out of nowhere. You never know what’s around the corner with his verses. On “Blow Your Mind,” he boasts that he “hits women from Madonna all the way down to Smurfette.” On the same song, he takes out the time to hilariously fail at rapping in Korean. He sings the famous “Popeye eating spinach jingle, mid-verse, on “Jam 4 U.”

Although younger people may remember his pairing with Method Man, as a solo artist, Redman created one of the greatest rap trilogies that fans still argue over which among them is the best. Decades before Odd Future, and years before Busta and DOOM made solo debuts, there was Redman, the irreverent punchline king. His outlandish humor and wit have influenced countless rappers, including Eminem who has cited him as his favorite. — Brendon Spencer

Curator of the BlerdUp Podcast // Blerds out about: Comic Book Movies, Video Games, Hip-Hop, and Politics

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