Reggie “Redman” Noble is renown in Hip-Hop folklore not only for his marijuana expertise but for his ability to fully convey what “the hood” was all about.
This couldn’t have been exemplified any better when it came to his infamous appearance on the early 00s hit, MTV Cribs. Where as the show’s premise was for celebrities to take you into their lavish lives of luxury via their exquisite (and often doctored up for the episode) mansions. Funk Doctor Spock literally flipped the script when he took viewers into his Brick City, Jersey apartment which resembled the pad of a neighborhood weedman than a platinum-selling rapper on the hottest record label at the time (which was Def Jam Records, for your information).
Thrillist recently caught up with not only Reg but Nina L. Diaz, vice president of MTV News and Documentaries; Cribs creator and executive producer and series producer Erika Clarke to revisit the pop culture watershed moment. And yes, it has been confirmed that the episode was 100 percent authentic.
“While everybody was trying to show a lavish house, the lavish life of living, that’s not always the case. Not every entertainer’s living lavish,” Redman recalled. “They may have a more lavish set on the street, but it’s still real for a lot of cats out here in the entertainment game. We’re okay, but we’re not rich, and that’s what I wanted to display to my fans… I always try and think about what the ‘hood would say when I do things.”
Redman broke onto the scene in 1992 with full-fledged arrival with the timeless Whut? Thee Album and followed through with three consecutive gold albums before earning two platinum plaques by the new millennium. Despite the success, he never ditched his rugged, pothead persona and which is why the Redman MTV Cribs episode resonated with all viewers across the board.
“When they were in there filming, I did have a moment of thinking, “I don’t want to show that my city can’t live the good and lavish life too,” he continued. “But then I was like, “Fuck it, this isn’t about nobody else but me. I invited these guys to my house and now I got to go with it.” This is just something that we do. Everything you see was real. It’s just everyday life for us.”
MTV Jams recently unearthed the Redman MTV Cribs episode for your nostalgic enjoyment. Peep it down below.