The Meth Lab

The Meth Lab

by Method ManMethod Man

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Overview

With his Wu-Tang colleague Ghostface off doing ambitious concept albums while team leader RZA offers million-dollar LPs as art pieces, Method Man's The Meth Lab is a ramshackle delight, coming nine years after his last solo joint and not giving a damn. Walking into the room with a shrug and then slaying the competition is what Meth does best, and as the title track drops the old and utterly brilliant reference "Like 'Confessions of a Video Vixen,' we by the book," it's obvious he's on point here, and remains so throughout the album. Halfway through, the vengeful "Water" paints the Wu-Tang's great anchorman as a pathos-filled soul doling out moral judgments ("They done killed the homie's brother, what you supposed to do with that?/Who gonna tell his baby mother that her dude ain't comin' back"), while "Rain All Day" is the kind of wicked Wu swaggering, humorous, enemy-kicking anthem ("You monkeys hangin' 'round like you gorillas") that got many fans addicted in the first place. With Hanz On as executive producer and Allah Mathematics frequently behind the beats, The Meth Lab comes off as vintage in sound and from the core of the Wu-Tang ethos, but the showcase album doubles as an intro to some of Meth's favorite slept-on rappers, most of them from Staten Island. Uncle Murda, Streetlife, and Hanz On appear often, making this LP close in structure to the crew-focused Theodore Unit releases from Ghostface, but that's not a complaint as much as a caution. Consider this a Meth-led posse LP aimed at returning fans, and a very good one at that.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2015
Label: Tommy Boy
UPC: 0661868181722
catalogNumber: 81817
Rank: 58870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Method Man   Primary Artist
Akie Bermiss   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Code Red   Producer
Reggie Noble   Composer
Pascal Zumaque   Composer,Producer
Charles Walker   Composer
Amy Bennick   Layout
Daez   Producer
Ron Browz   Producer
Ronald M. Bean   Composer
Rosie Lopez   Art Direction
Clifford Smith   Composer
Allah Mathematics   Producer
Tristan Wilds   Composer
Jason Hunter   Composer
Charles Brooks   Composer
Rondell Turner   Composer
Level 13   Producer
Corey Woods   Composer
4th Disciple   Composer,Producer
J57   Producer
Cardi   Composer
Elgin Turner   Composer
Patrick Charles   Composer
Cee Tha Architek   Producer
Juan Arredondo   Composer
Rich Lock   Graphic Design,Illustrations
Leonard Grant   Composer
Jeryl Grant   Composer
James V. Heinz   Composer
Frederick J. Gatto   Composer
Hugh Nielsen   Composer
Zarko Krstic   Composer,Producer
Terrance Graham   Composer
Frank P. Uciechowski   Composer
Tanelle Springs   Composer
Don't Panic Ent.   Producer
Clinton Hanna   Composer
Peter Pankey   Composer
Anthony Messado   Composer,Executive Producer
Tyquan Brooks   Composer
Aamir Lee Bermiss   Composer
Dontae L. Hawkins   Composer
Chian Coney   Composer
William Lafrancis   Composer
Don't Panic Entertainment   Producer

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