Saturday, May 23
Method Man and Redman - Blackout! 2 Review
Method Man & Redman... Long lost brothers of Cheech and Chong, or better yet Cheech and Chong in blackface. Blackout! 2 is the sequel to the masterpiece, Blackout!, and this album is everything that Meth and Red fans have been waiting all of 10 years for. I wouldn't go as far as to say that the wait was worth it, because 10 years is just too long to wait for anything.
This album goes in from beginning to end, and although I'm a Meth and Red junky myself – I have no problems seeing the truth. If this album was coaster or paper weight material I'd be sure to let you all know, but this is one of those albums that you have two copies of – a burnt copy plus the original copy.
BO2 sets the mood by welcoming you to the Redman and Method Man show. The intro goes right in with Red and Meth setting the standard for the rest of the album, and the bar is pretty high. Honestly, the bar drops just a tad after the that. I'm Dope Ni**a doesn't go as hard as you'd expect after getting hyped up from the intro. Then right after that A Yo tips the scale with hardcore hip hop that we're used to from the duo. The lyrics aren't anything jaw dropping, but the production along with the rugged delivery and Nate Dogg esque hook... definitely a banger.
The next three tracks are typical good tracks with decent lyrics, but maybe overlooked because the track that follows featuring Bun B is sick, City Lights. It has a heavy baseline thumping, and almost reminds you of a southern track featuring Red and Meth. The album continues to flow through like indigestion with Father's Day and Ms. International... two nasty tracks that merit repeat status. Diz Iz 4 All My Smokers is probably what you would call the Weed Smokers Anthem of 2009 so far. Laid back beat with braggadocios bars of how "ain't nobody smoking" more than them. The song then fades into lockdown time in a prison, which leads you into Four Minutes to Lock Down Feat. Raekwon and Ghostface. I still can't decide which is my favorite... this track or A Yo. They both go in harder than sex with virgins. The album fades out with the final three tracks playing as cool down tracks. Overall... solid album. If you don't have it already, then you need to get off your keester and make the purchase.
I'm giving this album a solid A-
Chances of you hitting rewind... 9 out of 10.
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