Methodman Redman - Blackout 2

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The Killa Bees are back on the swarm! So far this year we have played host to Ghostface, and will do the same for Gza in September. But to tie you over until then, we have a new album from Redman and Method Man, Blackout! 2. Its no wonder 2009 has been dubbed “The year of the Wu” here in Australia.

I would have liked to have reported that there were some groundbreaking surprises on this record… However, I wouldn’t feel right in lying to you. If you were expecting the usual Red and Meth formula of bitches, bling and blazin’ up… Prepare to be unsurprised. If you’re not quite in the mood to grab your strap and start gettin’ all up in peoples grills, this album is going to sound like one long song. However, although it’s more of the “same ole same” these guys are two of the best in the business when it comes to the three Bs , so if that’s what your wanting, here are 17 solid tracks of it.

As is the case with most albums released by the Wu-Tang family, you can expect to find a few other members of the clan showing up on the record. Raekwon and Ghostface guest on the track 4 Minutes to Lock Down. Rae and Ghost drop very strong verses in this one, making it one of the better cuts from the album. The record also features guest spots from the likes of Saukrates, Keith Murray and Bun B. Also Hip Hop royalty Erick Sermon and Poo Bear appear respectively on the tracks Mrs International and I Know Sumptin’.

With an album that sounds very similar from start to finish it’s not easy to pick standout tracks, but I would have to say, the aforementioned Mrs International Ft Erick Sermon stands up as one of the better ones on the album. A slow your roll type jam that offers smooth spitting over laid-back beats and a mellow hook. It conjures up feelings of cruising the Caribbean, which after listening more closely to the lyrics is exactly the feeling they were trying to capture..

Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers jumps out of the headphones mainly due to the hook, which is basically a crowd of people chanting… surprisingly enough… “Dis iz 4 all my smokers!” it’s a very effective attention getter when a whole bunch of people suddenly start chanting in the middle of an album.

Sadly have to say I am a little disappointed with this effort. Not for what it is, but for what it could have been. Meth has one of the best flows in the game when it’s working, just look at Tical. But unfortunately this record falls short of what we know both these guys are capable of. I suppose it has been 10 years since the last Blackout album, so maybe they’re just a bit rusty.

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TheDon said on the 21st Jul, 2009

I'm with you C_E Blackout was sick, this was like listening to a whole album of uninspiring b-sides/ Still quality but not really worth the effort.


Megs said on the 23rd Jul, 2009

excellent review CE