Tical 0: The Prequel [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Method Man's third solo work, following 1998's uneven Tical 2000 and released a month after Ghostface's Pretty Toney Album, arrived with many conflicting rumors and circumstances attached to it. On the M2 program Spoke 'n' Heard, Meth informed journalist/host Touré that Tical 0 is his best record, and alluded to being boxed in when working with one producer and one sound. Around the same time, the official Wu-Tang website reported that the MC was not pleased with the version Def Jam opted to put out, due to its scant number of RZA productions -- one single cut, when an entire record's worth was allegedly put together throughout the past couple years. Whatever the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Method Man's third solo work, following 1998's uneven Tical 2000 and released a month after Ghostface's Pretty Toney Album, arrived with many conflicting rumors and circumstances attached to it. On the M2 program Spoke 'n' Heard, Meth informed journalist/host Touré that Tical 0 is his best record, and alluded to being boxed in when working with one producer and one sound. Around the same time, the official Wu-Tang website reported that the MC was not pleased with the version Def Jam opted to put out, due to its scant number of RZA productions -- one single cut, when an entire record's worth was allegedly put together throughout the past couple years. Whatever the circumstances might be, there's no doubt that Tical 0 is less penetrating than Tical 2000, a record that had its ambitions to retain interest during the lulls. This one offers brief bursts of okay-to-decent tracks. The most energizing moments typically come when Meth's supported by the likes of Busta Rhymes "What's Happenin'" and Ludacris "Rodeo", but the productive conveyor belt of guest spots -- which chucks out well over a dozen of them, including Missy Elliott, Raekwon, Kardinal Offishall, Chinky not Chingy, and soon-to-be fellow sitcom star Redman -- also weighs down the whole process. Likewise, the list of producers comes pretty close to being lengthier than the list of guest MCs; this makes the record seem unfocused and disjointed, not diverse and well-rounded. Meth seems more clear-headed than ever, possibly a result from his cleaned-up, family-oriented lifestyle. The lyrical matter, however, does nothing to reflect this change. His throaty rasp isn't nearly as doped out as it was a decade prior, but his personality remains an attraction. As an MC, he's had nothing to prove for quite some time. Give or take a couple hot tracks, this release is not likely to play a significant role in his legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731454840521
  • Catalog Number: 548405
  • Sales rank: 54,670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:00)
  2. 2 The Prequel - Streetlife (2:07)
  3. 3 Say What - Missy Elliott (4:11)
  4. 4 What's Happenin' (3:52)
  5. 5 The Motto (3:24)
  6. 6 We Some Dogs (4:30)
  7. 7 The Turn - Raekwon (3:01)
  8. 8 Tease - Chinky (4:50)
  9. 9 Rodeo - Ludacris (2:57)
  10. 10 Baby Come on - Kardinal Offishall (4:01)
  11. 11 Who Ya Rollin Wit (4:26)
  12. 12 Never Hold Back - E3 (3:05)
  13. 13 The Show (2:30)
  14. 14 Act Right (3:17)
  15. 15 Afterparty - Ghostface Killah (3:12)
  16. 16 Crooked Letter I - Streetlife (3:48)
  17. 17 Ridin' for Outro (1:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Method Man Primary Artist
Shawnna Vocals
Mike "Dat Nigga Chav" Chavarria Guitar
Technical Credits
Shelly Manne Composer
Tony Dofat Producer
RZA Producer
Trevor Smith Composer
Method Man Executive Producer
Mike Hogan Engineer
Cornell Wiley Engineer
D. Drew Composer
Nasheim Myrick Producer
J. Graham Composer
R. Noble Composer
Rick St. Hillaire Engineer
C.D. Hawkins Composer
Diddy Producer
No I.D. Producer
Robert Diggs Composer
Chris Athens Mastering
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Rick Rock Producer
D. Stinson Composer
Rockwilder Producer
Kevin Liles Executive Producer
Wassim Zreik Engineer
Mike Koch Engineer
Lee Stone Producer
Roger Che Engineer
C. Woods Composer
Darren Rapp Engineer
Jose "Choco" Reynoso Engineer
Denaun Porter Producer
C.F. Martin Composer
Dawud West Contributor, Art Direction
R.D. Burman Composer
Fafu Producer, Engineer
Mark Vinten Engineer
DJ Scratchator Producer
Boogz Producer
Samuel Branch Engineer
Mike "Dat Nigga Chav" Chavarria Engineer
Marcos Javier Castellon Engineer
Chris Kellam Engineer
Rich Mae Producer
Clifford Smith Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Want my money back! Where is my refund?

    The first cd he had was hot. The second was great. Now this one, I can't find the right words to say or I really can't type what I really wanna say in here. So all I can tell you, the real truth. The truth is that I bought this cd and I only listen to it like two times then never again. I mean Ima Mef fan, but I gotta tell it, how it is & not gonna lie about it. It's not hot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    There's not a song on the CD I don't enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tical 0: The Prequel. Don't Listen to the Haters

    This album has done nothing but grow on me since I first heard it. Don't listen to all those out there who dis it. This album is burning. It's going to do the same to the charts, just watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doesn't quite live up to the hype...

    Method Man's newest solo album isn't quite as great as all the associated media hype (a la the TV Guide channel) purports it to be. I've been listening Mr. Meth (a.k.a. Hot Nikels, Johnny Blaze, Iron Lung, Clifford Smith, etc...) since "Enter the Wu Tang Clan" hit the streets around '93 and he's always been at the top of my list. "36 Chambers", "Judgement Night", and "Blackout!" are, in my opinion, among best hip-hop albums ever made, bottom line. Method Man's newest joint, however, falls a bit below the bar I've set for him. The album is too short and only about 1/3 of the tracks are even remotely impressive. Sure, it's got some nice guest appearances (Ludacris, Missy, Redman, Busta, and P. Diddy) and a couple neck-snapping tracks, but, as a whole, I don't think Method Man is giving us his best work here.

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