Meth and Red back again for another blazing collabo. These two are inseparable, already with one LP and a movie under their belt the duo are a sure thing. This album is a fresh change from many of the un lyrical things popping up on the hip hop scene at the moment. Meth and Red really manage to hold it down on here. Although boths obsession with recreational drug use seemed to shine through on every project did together they have quite an equal balance on this recording. They do still have the hardcore smoker tracks such as the funky hit 'A-Yo' Which features an amazing beat as well as a catchy chorus which never gets old. Also another smoker tune that shines through is 'Dis is 4 all my smokers' Which is a straight dedication to those pot heads listening and it is an awesome track, great sampled beat as well as some deep word play and hard lyrics. But they manage to balance it with a selection of other non weed related smashes such as the Wu collab with Ghostface and Raekwon which is the classic 'Four Minutes to Lock Down' Which stands as an instant classic. Great Album
Ten years after their first collaborative album, Method Man & Redman released "Blackout! 2" as the sequel to their 1999 album in 2009. It finds the pair taking listeners back to a time when the Hip Hop world was at a balance with no real region sticking out too prominently, so that undergrounders such as themselves could drive through their sound which other East Coasters had brought into the Hip Hop game in the early nineties.
1. "BO2" (Intro)
2. "I'm Dope N***a"
Wasting no time whatsoever they get right down to for for this one as here they seek to show the listeners why they have been in anticipation for such a release for such a length of time as here they join forces to show how their skills remain unchanged and still have the power to create big things when brought up to modern times. The two of them are on beats form Mobb Deep's Havoc, and he provides something fitting for the act.
3. "A Yo"
You have them getting into the single track which had listeners going crazy as this was the first track to be leaked off the album, and was subsequently released as the lead single to the record as you see tha they go for one which brings back the memories of past material without having them enter this throwback style too obviously.
4. "Dangerous MCs"
Whilst backed by some grungy production from Erick Sermon, you get that with this one the two of them are attempting to re-establish what we knew them for early on as this one has them getting down to some rough, underground raps which have them displaying (which directly pointing out) how their work contrasts from the general sound which is found elsewhere in the Hip Hop game.
5. "Errbody Scream"
When I heard this one kick in I simply couldn't take it, it is a killer track, and it comes out of nowhere as you see some classic teamwork as you find a link up between the pair and Def Squad's Keith Murray two for a track which brings back the kind of music which you heard in the late nineties when underground artist do club tracks and just tore it up. In this case, the most prominent feature is how the producer, Swiff D alters the tempo by slowing it dramatically for the hook before they can blast through with more high-energy rap.
6. "Hey Zulu"
Moving the album on, you have another track on the album which appears to get into the club kind of rap, and I felt that they performed it successfully. Here you have them getting into a track which clearly has them taking in much more modern trends in how to construct such a recording, but doing things in the way that we know the artists by most, and so you can't complain about the results of it.
7. "City Lights"
This is a track on the album which really stands out as it finds them doing something complexly original, and very much in a twist to what you expect to get from this album as the Norway-based producer Nasty Kutt gives them production which takes them towards the Texas style of rap, and in order to reinforce this they work with one of the best acts who has lasted through the time as Bun B works with them and has them pull out a killer tune to show their diversity.
8. "Father's Day"
I wasn't really all that sure of what could possibly come out of this one but it appeared that in this one they managed to keep the quality levels just as high as they have been up to this point as they continue through with some of the same sorts of things by displaying their strength when it comes to teamwork and lyricism.
9. "Mrs. International" (Lude)
10. "Mrs. International"
This dropped as the second single from the album, and was also an early leak form the album, so it gave me time to really get into it. At first, I wasn't quite feeling the commercial feel of the music, but as you listen to it more, it seems to uncover how much of their bas elements are still highly prominent within this track as they work with Erick Sermon (of EPMD and Def Squad fame) in one which has theme take the time to talk about the girls they like to see.
11. "How Bout Dat"
Off some Vinny Idol production you see that with this one you have a track which appears to play up to the strength more of Redman than it does Meth'. It has them doing one which sound to take on a much more up-to-date form as Ready Roc and Streetlife come to join them, and with this you see they pull out something quite unexpectedly strong. Meth is the final artist to lay a rhyme down, and I felt that once he did, it brought out much bigger things in the record.
12. "Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers"
The low pace of this one means that you are compelled to engage with it as it just forces you in with its hypnotic nature as it finds that the two of them get into a track which the fans know them mostly for. The track is done extremely well, and has them rip through another smoking anthem to show that this kind of stuff form the nineties is just as relevant to rap today and can be done just as well.
13. "Lock Down" (Lude)
14. "Four Minutes To Lock Down"
Off an engaging skit, you have them getting into one which works directly off the things you find within the interlude as it has them in a prison situation. You see that they mix things up a little with another collaboration as this one finds them working with Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah and Raekwon who add just a little something extra to help them when trying to show how well they can pull this off.
15. "Neva Herd Dis B 4"
This is a pretty straight-forward one form them and I felt that it took a little longer to really get a full feel for what they had to offer on this one as they chose to get into one which seems to take on various things which have been heard elsewhere in the album, but to try and have in done in an up-tempo manner in order to get ore life from it.
16. "I Know Sumptn'"
The style of this one is quite obviously made to sound like something a lot more in tune with what is going down in current times, and I felt that with it, it had to be done this way as they take it to the clubs with them on beats by King David who chooses to do things in a style which follows on form many successful joints from fellow East coasters who have made a point of making this a prominent feature of their material to attract listeners.
17. "A Lil Bit"
Bringing the album to a close, you have one which has them keeping the energy levels of the record high as they keep people interested in what thy have to offer all the way up to the final seconds of it, and for a change you see that it is Meth' who kicks it off, and it seems to get it off to a raw start so you can't really go wrong from that point.
I saw this as a great album and it really brought back the feel of the time in which they released the first "Blackout!" album as you see that they do things in a manner which seems unchanged and so keeps all the fans interested as it expands upon all the things which you got then and brought in just a few things to show that time has passed.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 BO2 (Intro) - Method Man, Redman
2 I'm Dope Ni**a - Method Man, Redman
3 A-Yo - Method Man, Redman, Saukrates
4 Dangerous MCees - Method Man, Redman
5 Errbody Scream - Method Man, Keith Murray, Redman
6 Hey Zulu - Method Man, Redman
7 City Lights - Bun B, Method Man, Redman
8 Father's Day - Method Man, Redman
9 Mrs. International (Skit) - Tanisha Green, Method Man, Michelle Pinckney, Redman, Saukrates
10 Mrs. International - Method Man, Redman, Erick Sermon
11 How Bout Dat - Method Man, Ready Roc, Redman,
12 Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers - Method Man, Redman
13 Lock Down (Skit) - Method Man, Reggie Noble, Ready Roc, Redman
14 Four Minutes to Lock Down - Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman
15 Neva Herd Dis B 4 - Method Man, Redman
16 I Know Sumptn - Method Man, Poo Bear, Redman
17 Lil Bit - Method Man, Redman, Melanie Rutherford