Redman – Funkorama

Redman released his single “Funkorama” on March 5, 1996.  The song was produced by Reggie Noble and co-produced by Erick Sermon.  The song appeared on “Insomnia” a compilation album by Erick Sermon and was released on Interscope Records.

Between “Dare Iz A Darkside” and “Muddy Waters” we had 2 years to wait for some crazy ill shit from the one and only Funk Doctor Spock!  Enter “Funkorama“. The first time I heard this song, the bass captivated me and the Q-Tip vocal sample but the ribbon on this track.  The meat comes with Redman’s dope delivery and play on words.    I remember buying the maxi-single and listening to that instrumental for hours on end.

Although the record says that Redman produced it, Erick Sermon said in an interview, “The beat was done by me and Rockwilder. Rock had the bass of it, but I fixed up the snare, and the Rhodes in the melody to give it that A Tribe Called Quest feel, because we used that, ‘Comin’ down the block’ Q-Tip sample. It started from that.”

The bass is low and menacing to be able to hear every syllable coming out of Redman’s mouth!  We then get the Q-Tip sample of “Coming down the block, man, loud as fuck/
You would swear Redman was inside the trunk
” from “Midnight” by A Tribe Called Quest.  It is one of, if not one of the best produced tracks in the Erick Sermon library. On top of that, you have Redman’s play on words that will have you rewinding it over and over again just to get every simile and metaphor Redman spits out!

I’m swifter than roller blades on Ice Capades
I’m Fearless like Four plus I’m Kool like Aid
My grammar, slam from here to York, Alabama
I never pull my pants up, I’m nutty like Planters
My style gets Death like Row or Def like Jef
Def like Jam or Squad, or Def like Lep

Really bro?  This man is lyrically unbelievable!  The song was a part of the “Insomnia” compilation album and is easily the dopest track on the album hands down! The other dope track of this LP is Keith Murray’sIt’s That Shit” but beyond that it’s aiight with some dope tracks by newcomers such as The Wixtons and L.O.D.

[Intro]
We, hah!
This is Funk Doctor Spock!
As we look, at our clocks
We gonna take you, on a ship to another journey
To the Darkside
Hah, we’ve conquered, new evidence, that there is life

[Verse 1]
My funk prognosis make my brains comatose
One hundred percent funk runs bloodstreams through your nose
I don’t have to be Madonna, to make your eyes freeze
Visine’s for eyes when you smoke the Thai weed
For this, you need a journalist scientist
Keep your eye in this, funk cosmical, far from logical
I blow the spot up in any hood and boondox
Make the bully of the block move and get new locks
Now who kicks that phenomical, astronomical? Uhh
That’s my nine in you; feelin’ nauseous? That’s my rhyme in you
I swing funk like nunchucks, my game’s death
That’s cool when I blind fools like Kareem Abdul
Hot like Worchestire, sometimes I get more higher than Cheech
My funk speech make words wear sun visors

I’m gettin’ down with the funk in your trunk
Def Squad’s in the house for *95* for all you punks

[Hook 4X: Q-Tip]
Coming down the block, man, loud as fuck
You would swear Redman was inside the trunk

[Verse 2]
Ahhh, I’m just as high as three pilled up motherfuckers
Def Squad’s in the house for *95* you suckers
Punks, y’all chumps, I blew the frame once, twice
I’m dumb nice, I bring my worst lyrics to a gunfight
The top notch, nah fuck that, that notch’s topped
I’m off the meter, I make computer’s catch amnesia
I’m swifter than roller blades on Ice Capades
I’m Fearless like Four plus I’m Kool like Aid
My grammar, slam from here to York, Alabama
I never pull my pants up, I’m nutty like Planters
My style gets Death like Row or Def like Jef
Def like Jam or Squad, or Def like Lep
One, two! Big up to my niggas on one-deuce
That cocks snaps and busts back at the boys in *blue*
Rrrrrah! With weed for you!
Who says I can’t burn shit up just like Lisa Lopes?
I cause the ruckus, my area is fucked up
You better off calling them Power Ranger motherfuckers
‘Cause Redman will bomb just like Saddam
When I’m loose I’m worldwide like Triple F.A.T. Goose
Heavily armed

[Hook 8X: Q-Tip]
Coming down the block, man, loud as fuck
You would swear Redman was inside the trunk

-Al E.

 

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