Born Reggie Noble in Newark, NJ, on April 17, 1970, Redman started as a professional rap artist in the early '90s, and has since rounded off his lime-lit career with numerous appearances in film and on television. He has often been found paired with fellow rapper Method Man, both musically and comically, and collaborated with major artists on the fronts of both film and rap for several years. Redman's long-lasting fame as a seldom rap star with an actual lengthy career (he made recordings for over a decade) helped establish his stage and screen personality as well.
As well as making many appearances as himself, for instance hosting the TV series Stung, Redman has also earned roles as an accredited actor. His first film appearance came in 1997 with Rhyme & Reason, and one year later he followed up with a small part in the road trip comedy Ride. In 1999, he played Trevor in the film Colorz of Rage, and also starred with multi-medial collaborator Method Man in P.I.G.S., a comedy in which they both portrayed pan-handling nuns.
Shifting from the comedic realm, Redman had a small role in the Val Lik drama about loyalties entitled Boricua's Band in 2000, and played Limpin' Lenny the made-for-TV action film Statistic: The Movie (2001). He realigned with both his comic side and Method Man in the absurd comedy about "preparing" for a college entrance exam, in How High (2001), also featuring Dean Cain. He came on as host for the television series Stung in 2002, and appeared in a rappers' documentary called Sweet Dreams -- also starring Sean Puffy Combs, Method Man, Kid Rock, and others -- that same year.
Not only has his acting ability and comedic style earned him film credits, but also his sounds have been accredited on several motion pictures as well. His lasting rap career landed him song spots on several major film soundtracks including Save the Last Dance, Rush Hour 2, How High, and All About the Benjamins.