Blackout!

Blackout!

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by Method Man & Redman
     
 

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Since debuting their hysterically funny doobie brethren exploits back in '95 on "How High," Method Man and Redman just might be the finest NYC superstar pairing since Clyde Frazier and Earl the Pearl ran the Knickerbocker backcourt. As expected, BLACKOUT!, Meth and Red's likable weed-worshipping first full-lengthSee more details below

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Since debuting their hysterically funny doobie brethren exploits back in '95 on "How High," Method Man and Redman just might be the finest NYC superstar pairing since Clyde Frazier and Earl the Pearl ran the Knickerbocker backcourt. As expected, BLACKOUT!, Meth and Red's likable weed-worshipping first full-length effort, is generally effortless in its displays of profanity-laced charisma, vocal chemistry, and vintage resuscitated old school hooks. Tunes like the bounce-ready "Da Rockwilder," "Run 4 Cover" (featuring Wu-Tangers Street and Ghostface Killah), and the driving title track are welcome additions to our heros' catalog of smile-cracking collaborations, and provide ample compensation for the occasional BLACKOUT! power outages like the misconceived Das EFX cover, "Cheka". Simply check out Meth's couplet from "4 Seasons" (also featuring LL Cool J and Ja Rule) for a concise summary of this zooted pair's out-to-lunch aesthetic: "My whole motto is fuck it/Hit the smoke shop and blow my whole budget." Cheech & Chong never sounded this fonkay. Chairman Mao

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Hip-hop fans have known for years that Method Man and Redman are two of the top MCs in the field, and their tour together not only proved the fact, but also showed they rap incredibly well together. Their deliveries are similar and the flow never falters, but the hint of gravel in Meth's voice makes them easily distinguishable. Now, with Blackout!, the duo's first album together (though both guested on each other's 1998 LPs), listeners have the proof on wax. Skating on top of spare, hard-hitting productions by Erick Sermon, Wu-Tang's RZA, Mathematics, and Redman himself -- under his Reggie Noble alias -- Meth and Redman trade off on hardcore rhymes and freestyle over each other. There's barely room for breath, but the rhymes are tight and inventive throughout. There are only two guest appearances (for Ja Rule & LL Cool J on "4 Seasons" and Ghostface and Street on the hilarious Blair Witch Project send-off "Run 4 Cover"), and the focus on just Meth and Redman makes for an even tighter, more combustible LP. Even with the high expectations that come along with a project of this magnitude, Blackout! rarely disappoints.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0731454660914
catalogNumber:
546609
Rank:
27605

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Tracks

  1. A Special Joint (Intro)  - Method Man
  2. Blackout  - Method Man
  3. Mi Casa  - Method Man
  4. Y.O.U.  - Method Man
  5. 4 Seasons  - Ja Rule
  6. Cereal Killer  - Method Man
  7. Da Rockwilder  - Method Man
  8. Tear It Off  - Method Man
  9. Where We At (Skit)  - Method Man
  10. 1, 2, 1, 2  - Method Man
  11. Maaad Crew  - Method Man
  12. Run 4 Cover  - Ghostface Killah
  13. The ?  - Method Man
  14. Dat's Dat S**T  - Mally G.
  15. Cheka  - Method Man
  16. Fire Ina Hole  - Method Man
  17. Well All Rite Cha  - Method Man
  18. Big Dogs  - Method Man
  19. How High  - Method Man

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Method Man & Redman   Primary Artist
Method Man   Indexed Contributor
Street   Track Performer
Redman   Track Performer
LL Cool J   Track Performer
Ja Rule   Vocals,Rap,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Walter "Junie" Morrison   Composer
Redman   Executive Producer
Juan Atkins   Composer
Jerome Brailey   Composer
G. Clinton   Composer
B. Collins   Composer
J. Davis   Composer
Silvester Levay   Composer
Reggie Noble   Composer,Producer
RZA   Producer,Executive Producer
Erick Sermon   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Garry Shider   Composer
Tom Soares   Engineer
Brian Stanley   Engineer
M. Taylor   Composer
Tommy Uzzo   Engineer
Method Man   Composer,Executive Producer
R. Foster   Composer
DJ Scratch   Producer,Engineer
J. Brown   Composer
R. Noble   Composer
Robert Diggs   Composer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Dave Greenberg   Engineer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Irv Gotti   Composer
Damon Wimbley   Composer
D. Stinson   Composer
Rockwilder   Producer
A. Weston   Composer
Kevin Liles   Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Berto   Engineer
Mathematics   Producer
J.K. Hunter   Composer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
A. Williams   Composer
James Todd Smith   Composer
Clifford Smith   Composer
Gov-Mattic   Producer

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