Only a few hip-hop cats can be hardcore in one breath and mad funny the next. Rap super heroes Method Man and Redman are both, as proved by their past partnerships on tracks like “How High” and “Well All Rite Cha.”
Blackout, the dynamic duo’s first full-album alliance, matches Meth’s and Red’s mike gymnastics and star power with the sound vibrations of the RZA, DJ Scratch and Erick Sermon. The result: a tight-as-a-drum album in an era of half-assed efforts. “Da Rockwilder,” a traditional MC boast boosted by space-game effects and the rhyming duo’s lyrical lasers, explodes off Blackout. On the up-tempo, rst-pumping “Tear It Off,” Meth and Red appropriate an old X-Clan lyric and reconfigure it for the tical-ridden present.
“My lyric is a ball,” Meth flexes on the Seventies-funk-flavored “One Two, One Two.” “Batter up, play ball/f*ck y’all analog niggas/We be digital.” And with that, it’s lights out.