Redman came to fame in the early 1990’s as an artist on the Def Jam label. He is also well-known for his collaborations with Method Man, including their starring roles in films and sitcoms. He was also a member of the Def Squad in the late 1990’s.
In the Novmeber 14, 1992 issue of Billboard magazine, he told the story of how he got his name:
A snowball hit me on the cheek when I was 11 […] My face got real red. And everybody started calling me Redman.