Classic Album Review – Method Man & Redman – Blackout

Method Man & Redman, also referred to as Red & Meth, Meth & Red, Doc & Meth or Mr. Mef and Funk Doc, are an American hip hop duo, consisting of rap superstars Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and Redman (of Def Squad).

The duo are signed to Def Jam both as solo artists and as a group. While they had been collaborating since 1994, it was not until 1999 that they released a studio album, Blackout!. The follow-up album, Blackout! 2 was released in 2009 and will be followed by Blackout! 3.

Red & Meth starred in a Fox sitcom titled Method & Red, but they later disowned the series due to lack of creative control. In 2001, they starred together in the movie How High. On March 27, 2007 Redman confirmed on BET’s Rap City: Tha Bassment that the sequel to How High, How High 2, is being written.

Originally the name of the album was to be “Amerikaz Most Blunted” and was advertised as that for months before the release, but they changed it to the more commercially acceptable Blackout!. The CD version of the album features three previously released bonus tracks; “Well All Rite Cha” also appeared on Redman’s solo album, Doc’s Da Name 2000, “Big Dogz” from Method Man’s Tical 2000: Judgement Day and 1995’s critically acclaimed single “How High”.

The most popular of these previous collaborations was on the song “How High” from the soundtrack to The Show. “How High” is remixed on this album, but the album’s three singles, “Y.O.U.”, “Da Rockwilder” and “Tear It Off”, spearheaded the highly hyped release to go platinum on January 6, 2000,[2] more than three months after the album’s release. The album has also been certified platinum in Canada (100,000 copies).[3] The album has sold 1,575,000 copies to date. [2]. This album is also seen as a hip-hop classic to many fans. Blackout is also considered a landmark for both rappers and for East Coast Hip Hop.

Reception

Rolling Stone (11/11/99, p. 132) – 4 stars out of 5 – “…a tight-as-drum album in an era of half-assed efforts.”

Entertainment Weekly (10/10/99, p. 73) – “…when hip-hop’s most playfully creative rhyme stylers throw down like two superballs in a rubber room, they’re unstoppable – and make rap’s most joyous ride.” – Rating: A-

The Wire (1/00, p. 100) – “…skulk-funk…Redman moans a melody of dank basement isolation, while on ‘Cereal Killer’ he sabotages over vamping guitar….Meth executes some taut syncopation…on which his syllables alternate cadences with producer Eric Sermon’s thumpingest track of the LP.”

The Source (2/00, p. 95) – Included in The Source’s “Top 10 Albums of the Year [1999].”

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