Redman, however, was on a completely different paying field than all of the other performers that night. He was, as he explained, a real MC: He hyped up the crowd, he interacted with the crowd, and erased the line between himself and the audience. I went into that performance not knowing a single Redman song besides “React,” which isn’t technically a Redman song. By the end of his performance, he made me want to download his whole discography and see him a dozen more times. At the beginning of every beat, the audience roared in acceptance of what he was about to perform. Between each song, he would play with the audience, such as when he told everyone to put their middle fingers in the air and shout, “F*ck you, Redman,” serving as an intro to one of his songs. For his final song, which was a Method Man and Redman joint, he asked security to help him over the short fence to he could stand amongst the crowd as he requested an audience member to hold his hand for him to keep balance. That is what a true MC does; a true MC proves that the stage it nothing more than a physical platform, proving himself to be an equal amongst the people who listen to him and follow his lead. Simply put, the MC cares about the fans.
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