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Method Man and Redman release the long overdue "Blackout! 2",
This review is from: Blackout 2 [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
When Method Man and Redman first collaborated on the classic weed anthem "How High" in 1995, there was an unmistakable chemistry between the two. After a couple of appearances on each other's albums in the late 90's, people were demanding a full record from them. The end result was their debut album as a duo- 1999's "Blackout!". The album was rather successful and cemented them as the heir apparent to another marijuana centered duo Cheech & Chong. Two years later, they filmed the stoner comedy "How High", which was directed by Bob Dylan's son Jesse Dylan ("American Wedding", "Kicking And Screaming"). After that film, they returned to their day jobs as both solo artists as well as members of groups- Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan and Redman from Def Squad. A decade would pass before anyone heard anything from the duo until 2009, when Method Man and Redman would release the long awaited follow up sophomore album "Blackout! 2".
On this new album, there are the returns of producers from the first album. Erick Sermon produces the songs "Dangerus MCees" and "Neva Herd Dis B4", while Rockwilder handles "Hey Zulu" and "A Lil' Bit". Pete Rock produces the first single "A Yo", while Havoc of the group Mobb Deep gets behind the boards on "I'm Dope"- a track in which the duo compares their music to a drug addiction. They duet with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah on "Four Minutes To Lock Down", Keith Murray on "Errbody Scream" and Bun B on "City Lights". They get surprisingly romantic on the melodic "Mrs. International", in which they seduce a non-American woman. Lastly, a Method Man and Redman album wouldn't be complete without a weed anthem, and in this case it's the track "Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers". While Method Man and Redman show that they haven't lost their sense of humor, this album is good but suffers from weak production on a few songs. Much of that having to do with them trying to keep up with the times- something they really didn't need to do. For the most part, "Blackout! 2" is listenable, but seems to cater to the pop crowd as opposed to the hip hop crowd on a few occasions. Still in all, it's nice to have them back after a long hiatus.