Redman (born Reggie Noble on April 17, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) made his rapping debut on the EPMD songs "Hardcore" and "Brothers on my Jock", after Erick Sermon of the seminal group spotted him freestyling in a New York club and added him to their crew of aspiring emcees (along with K-Solo among others). Redman's 1992 Def Jam debut Whut? Thee Album broke into the US Top 50, achieved gold status in the United States, and prominent hip-hop magazine The Source subsequently named Redman Rap Artist of the Year for 1993.
On December 10, 1996 Redman released his third album Muddy Waters, which was highly praised by critics. The album featured two Billboard Hot 100 singles, "Whateva Man" and "It's Like That (My Big Brother)". The song "Do What You Feel" also appeared on the soundtrack to the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on February 12, 1997. During this time, with new found friendships with Method Man and Tupac, They both appeared on Tupac's double album "All Eyez on Me" On the song "Got my Mind Made Up".
In 1998 Redman released his first collaboration album El Niņo with group Def Squad. His fourth studio album Doc's Da Name 2000. was a top seller, shipping platinum in sales and exceeding his previous record of gold. It peaked at #11 on The Billboard 200 and had three songs ("I'll Bee Dat", "Da Goodness", "Let Da Monkey Out") that charted. With his new formed close partnership with labelmate Method Man who, with him, made a featured appearance with him on the Doc's Da Name 2000 record on the song "Well All Rite Cha". In 1999 Method Man and Redman released a collaborative album called "Blackout!", Originally, the record was supposed to be advertised as "Amerika's Most Blunted", but changed to a more commercially friendly title called Blackout!.