Release Date: May 19, 2009
Record label: Def Jam
With each having individual obligations all over the place, it took ten years for Method Man and Redman to record a follow-up to 1999's beloved Blackout!, but one listen and you'd think it had only been ten days. Interplay during the intro proves that none of the chemistry is lost, then the slow-grinding "I'm Dope Ni**a" declares that happy and horribly high days are here again, with mentions of Club Nouveau plus Tango & Cash putting a date stamp on the duo. Their fine vintage is displayed two tracks later when "Dangerous MCees" spits "Even Herbie Hancock know where to Rockit" over a beat that's identifiably Erick Sermon.
Method Man & Redman :: Blackout! 2Def JamAuthor: Jesal 'Jay Soul' PadaniaA decade ago, Method Man and Redman were just two hot rappers that, after a few successful collaborations, decided to put out an album together, "Blackout!" – ten years later, the music industry is a very different place. You may notice that I called them "just" rappers, because following "Blackout!" (plus the very healthy success of selling around 1. 5m records in the US alone), they decided to spread their wings and fly into different areas of the entertainment industry, with varied levels of success.
It’s been ten years since Method Man and Redman put out their first full-length collaboration, Blackout!. For a while, they were on quite a roll together, having made a movie and accompanying soundtrack in 2001, then having moved onto their own short-lived sitcom. In the time elapsed, however, they never quite found the time to put together a proper follow-up to their first disc.
Time can fly when you’re in a haze, and somehow 10 years have elapsed since fun-loving stoners Method Man and Redman teamed up for their collaborative album Blackout! Not to worry. Hip-hop’s own Cheech and Chong boast chemistry that’s as powerful as ever on Blackout! 2, this belated follow-up. They trade pop culture jokes and sly bluster over sturdy boom-bap beats as if East Coast rap’s late-’90s renaissance never ended.
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