After several delays, the official rollout for Redman’s long-awaited sequel to his 1996 solo album Muddy Waters finally kicked off on Thursday night (July 14) with a new single called “So Cool.” It serves as the lead track from the aptly titled Muddy Waters 2.
“I’m back on my grind, I’m cool, n-gga,” he raps. “Ask my crew what we gonna do n-gga?/Been gettin’ bread since ’92, n-gga/So don’t get mad when I ask, ‘Who you n-gga?’/I’m pumped up, my homie’s like, ‘Let’s go!’”
In April 2018, Redman told HipHopDX backstage at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado he was planning to drop Muddy Waters 2 that year, but it failed to come to fruition. In a follow-up interview the following year, Redman explained what was behind the delay.
“You have to understand that I’m a self-contained artist,” he said at the time. “That means I engineer everything right here in my house that I’m talking from. I engineer, I write the music and I mix in my house. What I learned from Def Jam — because I’m a Def Jam baby — I learned all my tutelage on how to put out music through Def Jam.
“The only thing now that’s missing is me having a date and me rushing when they want me to put it out. I’m able to move on my own time. Last time I talked to you, I thought I was ready, but I wasn’t. A couple of months ago, I knew I was ready to put the album out, but COVID hit. I’m like, ‘I want to be able to be out there to promote the album, not sit from a couch doing interviews.’”
Redman was actually grateful the COVID-19 pandemic allowed him to fine tune the album. As he explained, “When COVID came, I had to go back and hold the album up, but I got a chance to go back and listen to it. There’s a lot of things that I changed now. I’m glad I didn’t even put it out when I wanted to because I could make this album even 100 percent better.”
No release date has been announced. In the meantime, check out “So Cool” above.