‘It’s Not Just A Freestyle, It’s A Statement’: Redman Defends Eminem’s BET Cypher

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'It's Not Just A Freestyle, It's A Statement': Redman Defends Eminem's BET Cypher
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Redman recently offered his thoughts on Eminem‘s surprise BET cypher‘, commending the Detroit rapper not only for the message but how it was done.

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“The delivery was great to me. It wasn’t bad,” Redman said. “When Eminem do [sic] something it’s not just a song, it’s not just a freestyle — it’s a statement. And, even the way he talks. He talks to state things. Not just to be talking s**t.”

As I watched that BET cypher, I was like, ‘Wow,” he continued. “You know, Eminem could’ve went up there and blacked out on rhymes with flows and kilt sh*t. But, he felt as a person of his color to represent us on BET with a rhyme addressing the president. Y’all gotta understand that, alright?”

“He’s not Black, he’s white,” the rapper added. “We all know that. But, he has power. And he used this power on that BET cypher to make a statement for us as well, for all of us as a people. And, anyone…everyone should respect that man for that.”

In another recent interview, Redman also talked about how he still lives in the same house that appeared on the 2001 episode of MTV Cribs. During an appearance on Ebro In The Morning the New Jersey rapper revealed that he still lives in the same Staten Island home the episode was shot at.

“That’s what the hell I live in,” he said. “I like staying in the hood. I tried moving to the more white area, but I found that every night I was getting harassed by police. I feel comfortable in my environment.”

“…I can’t even fit like four or five people in there without it being crowded,” he added. “It’s real small, two bedrooms, two bathrooms. It’s only one way in and one way out. No back door. That’s how I like it. I wouldn’t know what to do with a big house.”

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