Album Review: Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2

21 05 2009

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One of the rare occurrences in Hip Hop today is collaboration albums. Numerous solo albums filled with guest appearances have been released over the decade, but rarely do you see collaborative albums. Breaking this rare trend is the dynamic duo Method Man and Redman with their sequel to their platinum album Blackout! During their ten year hiatus, the two made a cult classic comedy, released two albums separately, and even had a short sitcom on Fox. The duo’s solo albums were both received as average, excluding Method Man’s commercial attempt Tical 0 which received bad reviews. Now with Hip Hop’s Cheech & Chong reunited, will the album spark more than the solo efforts, or will the album be another “Method & Red”?

4/5 – Blazin’

Meth and Red kick off their album with concert footage of them welcoming their audience to the Meth and Red show and later mixing with the footage with a vocal sample track by Wu-Tang producer Allah Mathematics. Havoc of Mobb Deep offers a dope production on “I’m Dope Nigga”. The raw, gritty styled instrumental reinstates the East Coast vibe in Hip Hop that has been missing from the mainstream music scene. The albums first single, “A-Yo” features Redman affiliate, Saukrates; making it the duo’s most slept on single thus far, yet still an above average track.
The rap game has changed since Method Man and Redman released an album with the sound becoming more radio friendly and southern influenced. The direction hip hop is going in had an effect on the album being that it has more club bangers than the last. First there’s the Keith Murray assisted “Errbody Scream”, then “Hey Zulu” which are both decent songs. What didn’t work was the clichéd party track “I Know Sumptn”, which sounds forced. Bun-B blesses “City Lights” with a UGK vibe that is different from Meth and Red’s usual formula, but still works.
One of the standout tracks is the rumored second single “Mrs. International”. Producer Buckwild contributes a soulful, horn driven beat while Meth and Red voice their expectations from ladies; from blunt rolling to playing with feet. A Method Man or Redman album isn’t complete without an anthem for the weed heads. “Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers” serves as the ode to herbal relaxation where the duo trade verses over the string filled production of Dj Scratch. Another favorite is “Four Minutes to Lock Down”; the albums most lyrical track featuring Raekwon and Ghostface going in about the last minutes before a bid. Redman drops a superb, humorous verse with his B.I.G. reference “Look at me, nigga, I got it/in pocket, ask Houston how I ‘rock-it’/If I go hungry, you getting robbed/by me, Biggie Smalls and The Delfonics”.
Upon the first listen BO2 is instantly enjoyable. Method Man and Redman stick to their traditional sound with a couple of exceptional attempts modernize it. The album isn’t as lyrical as its predecessor yet the rhymes are still favorable. Overall Blackout 2 is a fun album filled with comical lyrics, ill production, and of course, weed references. Fans of either artist will definitely be impressed while new listeners will find it pleasant.

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