Release Date: Aug 29, 2006
Record label: Def Jam
Ever since the release of the somewhat disappointing Tical 0: The Prequel, Method Man has been trying to prove that he really is the MC he was on his fantastic 1994 solo debut. So maybe the fact that he decided to name his fourth record 4:21...The Day After has less to do with marijuana (though of course that is never completely forgotten) and more to do with moving away from all the comparisons to his first album, Tical (and the subsequent Tical-themed titles that came after). And while 4:21 may be an improvement over his previous releases, Method Man's not quite the funny yet insightful rapper he was on his debut.
Clifford Smith's career trajectory suggests incipient underachievement. The first member of the Wu-Tang Clan to go solo, Method Man was a stylish trailblazer, his warm, smoky voice as adept at singing hooks as at rapping elegantly constructed, humour-laced verses. He became a ubiquitous guest on records by everyone from Run DMC and Notorious BIG to Limp Bizkit, Roni Size and Texas.