Friday, July 6, 2012

Method Man

I've always been a fan of Mr. Meth since the early days of the Wu. There's no doubt, for a while, especially in the mid 90s, he was the most popular (and successful) member of the Wu, coming with tight wordplay, outstanding charisma on the mic, and one of the BEST flows/voices EVER. Over the years, the one criticism that Meth always received was he always delivered on other projects, but when it came to his own, something was missing. To this day, I'm not quite what was "missing", but in my opinion his discography is fairly solid, and you know we're going to take a look at it right, lol???!!!

Released in the memorable year that was 1994, I really anticipated Meth's debut and couldn't wait till I got it. To this day, I still listen to it and enjoy it as much as I did way back when, such a strong nostalgic vibe on this one. Great album, and my ONLY complaint is that the classic "razor sharp remix" to "All I Need" with Mary J. Blige was NOT on this release. I know it came out 95, but still, lol!!!!

Rating- 4.5 stars

5 favorite songs- Bring The Pain, Meth vs. Chef, Stimulation, Mr. Sandman, and What The Blood Clot

I always thought this was an excellent album, and to this day it still receives mixed feedback (too long, a step down from "Tical", etc). I feel it still holds up today. Not a classic, but definitely worthwhile.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Perfect World, Dangerous Grounds, Killin Fields, Spazzola, and Party Crasher

Next PLEASE. With all due respect to Meth, I have NO words for this album.

Now, back to the excellence with this album. Top to bottom, this is Meth's most underrated album, one of the best albums released in 2006 and it was definitely slept on unfortunately. He sounded inspired and hungry on this album, which was a COMPLETE step up from the 3rd album.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Is It Me, Presidential MC, The Glide, Somebody Done F***** Up, and Walk On

And now for the albums with Redman....

Since 1995's "How High" classic single, I had been waiting for an album from these two and I was happy when I heard it was coming out. Red and Meth have such GREAT chemistry together and it's still present today. This album essentially had IT, which would be TIGHT beats and rhymes. Still holds up today? Yes indeed!!!!!

Rating- 4.5 stars (this MAY change)

5 favorite songs- Da Rockwilder, Blackout, Y.O.U., Run 4 Cover, and We All Rite Cha

This was a direct quote from Meth in a recent interview when discussing this album:

"A lot of people slept on that Blackout 2. Blackout 2 was dope. I don't give a f***. I did my thing on that album...Honestly, I would put that album up against any album that came out that year (2009)." 

I agree 100 percent with that statement. Meth (and Red) were still lyrically on point with Blackout 2 and I feel it's an excellent album. It definitely was slept on when it came out in 2009 and it's underrated as hell. It still get spins from me though!
Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- I'm Dope N****, A-Yo, Mrs. International, Four Minutes to Lock Down, and City Lights

In that same interview, he mentioned that he's working on his 5th album "Crystal Meth" and he plans to link back up with RZA again, plus he and Red will be working on "Blackout 3" (Red is also working on "Muddy Waters 2"), and as a fan, ALL of this is GOOD news most definitely and I'm anticipating it all. Meth will do down as one of the greats, and if he doesn't make anyone's list for one of the greatest of all time, he HAS to make the top 5 for best flow!

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