Although his seventh studio album, "Reggie," hit stores today (Dec. 7), Redman is already looking ahead to a busy 2011.
The veteran rapper tells Billboard.com that he is using the often-delayed new album, which features cameos by Method Man, Bun B and Faith Evans, to explore different sounds before releasing a sequel to his classic 1996 disc "Muddy Waters" next year.
"I wanted to step out of the box musically, and show growth in my rhymes and my musical choices," says Redman, who turned 40 earlier this year. He adds that songs like "Mics, Lights, Camera, Action" offer more political commentary than he's used to, while the piano-driven "Lemme Get 2" has an inspirational message about life on the road. "I think I have a job to do with my fans... to represent that 90s, soulful, substantial music that we're missing now," he says.