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RELEASE
May 19, 2009
LABEL
Def Jam
GENRES
Rap, Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Album Review

With each having individual obligations all over the place, it took ten years for Method Man and Redman to record a follow-up to 1999's beloved Blackout!, but one listen and you'd think it had only been ten days. Interplay during the intro proves that none of the chemistry is lost, then the slow-grinding "I'm Dope Ni**a" declares that happy and horribly high days are here again, with mentions of Club Nouveau plus Tango & Cash putting a date stamp on the duo. Their fine vintage is displayed two tracks later when "Dangerous MCees" spits "Even Herbie Hancock know where to Rockit" over a beat that's identifiably Erick Sermon. It's topped by the Phyllis Hyman loop Pete Rock cuts for the preceding track, "A-Yo," a superior weekend anthem featuring Saukrates from Redman's Gilla House group. With the sound of the South having exploded since the first Blackout!, the hypnotic highlight "City Lights" with guest Bun B plus a UGK sample is identifiable as post-2000. Also of its time is the dreaded Auto-Tune device, which corrects some pitch here and there, although its polish is negated on "I Know Sumptn" by the very Redman lyric "Check my bowel baby/This is the mother load." Mentions of riding jet skis on land and all sorts of other absurdities sit next to innovative viewpoints on sleaze, then "Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers" does the weed song right as the blunt brothers roll over a DJ Scratch track that sounds heavily influenced by RZA. Speaking of Wu-Tang members, Raekwon and Ghostface appear on the key cut "Four Minutes to Lock Down," an intense barrage of Shaolin lyrics that helps anchor an album that's often just a party on wax. The original deserves the top spot, but think of this as the Godfather Part II of reckless boom-bap rap and you've got an idea of how well this Blackout! satisfies.
David Jeffries, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. BO2 (Intro)
  2. I'm Dope Ni**a
  3. A-Yo
  4. Dangerous MCees
  5. Errbody Scream
  6. Hey Zulu
  7. City Lights
  8. Father's Day
  9. Mrs. International (Skit)
  10. Mrs. International
  11. How Bout Dat
  12. Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers
  13. Lock Down (Skit)
  14. Four Minutes to Lock Down
  15. Neva Herd Dis B 4
  16. I Know Sumptn
  17. A Lil Bit