Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Revisiting Method Man's "Tical"

As of this posting, I revisited this about two weeks ago and I remember my exact feelings after listening to it for about 3 days straight, and taking into account how I recently named Meth as my 7th favorite MC of all time. Also, this would be the first Wu-Tang solo album after 1993's CLASSIC "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)", so a lot was riding on Meth's album and the anticipation was quite high. Let's begin!

This album was produced entirely by The RZA (with two tracks having Meth and 4th Disciple as co-producers, respectively).

The album's opening track starts things off right, as Meth asks on the hook, "what's that s*** that they be smokin", and he answers, "Tical!". RZA's beat is off the hook, while Meth delivers his normal flow to good results. 4 out of 5

Meth opens this song with the funny, memorable lines, "Yo mama don't wear no draws/I saw her when she took em off/Standin in the welfare line, eatin swine/Tryin to look fine, with her stank behind!" LOL. We have the usual rhymes from Meth (almost sounds like he's high on this track, lol), and again, RZA's beat KNOCKS. Play this joint in your ride (with the volume up) if you have a nice system. 4 out of 5

Bring The Pain
YES, true classic right here!!!!! Meth does bring the lyrical pain over one of RZA's best beats ever. This joint still holds up after all these years and it may be Meth's best song ever. 5 out of 5

All I Need
I've always said the Razor Sharp remix with the great Mary J. Blige should've been on this album, but it understandably was released in 1995, plus this version was just as good. Meth memorably details all he needs in a woman, and it's probably one of the best songs of that type in hip hop history. 4 out of 5

What The Blood Clot
Over ANOTHER slammin track by the RZA, Meth delivers more memorable lines with no hook, and check out how AWESOME he closes this song:

"Smoke a Dutchmaster, have 'em screamin for the dutchess Yeah, I gotta have it, so I strive to stack my papes If I don't do it for mydelf, I'ma do it for Case cuz that's my peoples, we givin you injections that be Lethal Weapons, when n***** start the half steppin Then I get evil but don't let that negative vibe right there mislead you I'm humble, a f***** Killa Bee, far from bumble I sting you *BZZZT* and I bring you Thirty-six Chambers of head banger, b**** Why I deal with? I think the mic's on the fritz F***** soundmen, they be sabotagin s*** Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane... Meth-Tical, let the whole world know my f***** name What the Blood Clot!!"

Man, it doesn't get any better than this. 5 out of 5  

Meth vs. Chef (featuring Raekwon)  In the spirit of true, friendly competition between two partners in rhyme, Meth and Rae do lyrical gymnastics over (say it with me) another slammin RZA track. Check the intro:

Let's get ready to gel team!
Live and direct from the one-six-ooh
We got Tical, pow!  Raekwon the Chef, Tical!
It's about to go on, Tical!
You make the call, I make the call!
It's all for all
Method Man, Raekwon the Chef
(count my shells)
And there's about to be one left
(count my shells, nigga)
I know you know it'son kid
(Raekwon: Bring that s*** I don't give a f***!)
*bell rings*  
Overall, even though both MCs bring their A game to this one, I feel Meth was 
the victor. 5 out of 5
Sub Crazy (Co-Produced By: 4th Disciple)
The straight bangers on this album continue, as Meth essentially rips this bass 
driven track, heading into "Release Yo Delf". 5 out of 5
Release Yo Delf (featuring Blue Raspberry)
Wow, MORE memorable joints (both the beat and lyrics). After a nice intro by
Blue Raspberry, Meth jumps right into it and kills it. This is not the classic
that "Bring The Pain" is, but it's STILL DAMN GOOD. 4.5 out of 5
P.L.O. Style (featuring Carlton Fisk)
Mr. Fisk was decent when paired up with Meth, and this good track was no
different. It was a bit slower than the preceding songs, but it doesn't 
interrupt the flow of the album; it actually adds to it. 4 out of 5
I Get My Thang In Action
Meth nicely picks up the pace on this track, and it's another good one. Listen
to him as he "gets his thang in action". 4 out of 5
Mr. Sandman (featuring The RZA, Inspectah Deck, Street Life, Carlton
Fisk, and Blue Raspberry)
Carlton Fisk closes this song on a decent note, but make no mistake about
it, Meth, RZA, Deck, and Street Life KILL this joint. Has to be heard
to be appreciated. 5 out of 5
This is possibly my 3rd or 4th favorite song on the album. Very good stuff 
here. 4 out of 5
Method Man (Remix)
Of course it doesn't hold a candle to the remix, but it's still a fine one.
4 out of 5
Overall, although I've always known this album was tight, listening
to it this time felt like I was rediscovering it (which is one of the
reasons why I played it 3 days straight). Time has definitely been
kind to this album, and it'll remain Meth's best album for sure.
Rating- Man, I'm still undecided. I upgraded it from a 4 to a 
respectable 4.5. I'm sure it'll be going to a 5 at some point.
Album highlight- Bring The Pain  

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