Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Redman Project Part 5: Blackout

Almost one year after the excellent "Doc's Da Name" album, Redman returned, but this time it was with the long awaited joint debut album with partner in rhyme Method Man (both of whom are in my top 10 by the way). This was GREAT news to hip hop fans at the time, including myself, as this album was asked for almost immediately after the classic "How High" hit radio and TV, as well as the songs they did together afterwards. Their chemistry was and is still perhaps the best overall in hip hop, and that's clear on just about everything they did together, and we'll see that in full force with this album!

Also before we start this project, loyal readers, this will be the first time ever that I'm doing a joint post/review with a fellow blogger. He's fairly new to the blogging world, so I want to introduce Chris D to you all, as he'll be contributing his thoughts and ratings on this album as well!!!!!


Release date- September 28, 1999


1. A Special Joint (Intro)
Wayne: Although a bit standard, we start things off with your usual humor filled intro, also showing that Meth had a sense of humor as well, much like Red. Either way, this was a fitting welcome to the album.

2. Blackout
Produced By: Erick Sermon

"I'm too hot for TV, rap draw water" -Redman

Chris D: Here we go, a good way to start off things. Dope joint. 
4 out of 5  

W: I can tell you now, most of the songs on this album will fall under the "dope beats and rhymes" category, and this opener fits that perfectly. Red and Meth come out of the gate with this Erick Sermon produced banger, including a nod to the Fat Boys during the hook (Stick Em!)
5 out of 5

3. Mi Casa
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: This fast paced song is dope, and as you can see, the chemistry is certainly there and they sound completely at home over Erick Sermon production.
5 out of 5

CD: This track is short, under 3 mins. Not much to say other than that. Meth and Red did their thing! 
3.5 out of 5

 
4. Y.O.U.
Produced By: Erick Sermon

CD: Classic joint and the video was funny as hell. They didn't give a damn and the lyrics are funny, but still dope.

Meth - "I knock the stuffin off that English muffin"
Red - "On they tampons, I get em drippin like leaky faucets"


5 out of 5


W: Another banger produced by Mr. Sermon, I know this was one of the album's hits, but listening to it today, it *almost" sounds like they're freestyling. Either way, it's dope as hell and the "tag team vibes" are the icing on the cake!
5 out of 5

5. 4 Seasons (featuring LL Cool J and Ja Rule)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

CD: Don't get it twisted, LL was still beastin' around this time leading up to the "G.O.A.T." album and this was Ja Rule before he starting singin' in his songs. It's a solid joint, nothing incredible in my opinion. Def Jam was pushing the "Def Jam 2000" thing at the time so I'm pretty sure that's the reason for the collabo.
3.5 out of 5

W: The bangers continue, and for this one, I like the creative title, "4 Seasons". Everyone does their thing here (yes, Mr. Sermon's beat KNOCKS), and Ja Rule doesn't sound out of place at all on a track with 3 vets. Speaking of vets, man, did LL come hard on this one or what, and with all due respect to Red, Meth, and Ja, LL stole the show on this one.
5 out of 5

 
6. Cereal Killer (featuring Blue Raspberry)
Produced By: The RZA

W: I have a friend named Kentyl who used to LOVE this joint, even though he wasn't a big fan of Red and Meth then and even now. Much like Sermon's production, Red and Meth are lyrically at home over this track from RZA.
5 out of 5

 
CD: The blunt brothers are ready to kill on this one. It''s dope.
3.5 out of 5

7. Da Rockwilder
Produced By: Rockwilder

CD: Classic track and in my view, there's no reason you shouldn't know this whole song. I recommend checking out the video too if you haven't done so already or if you haven't seen it in a long time.
5 out of 5



W: Although this TIGHT song clocks in at 2:16, it's a classic, no doubt about it, and Rockwilder's beat is simply awesome, almost ahead of its time in 1999. You can just listen to Red and Meth and hear how energetic they are over this production. Great stuff.
5 out of 5

8. Tear It Off
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: To say that Red and Meth ripped this joint right here would be an understatement. Punchlines galore, plus that awesome chemistry with a rugged/smooth style. Another straight classic.
5 out of 5

CD: This was also from the "In Too Deep" soundtrack, which was dope by the way. Erick Sermon's beat is more hard hitting on here.
5 out of 5


9. Where We At (Skit) 

W: A dope skit to take us into the second half of the album.

CD: Red puts on a spin on MC Shan's classic lyric from "The Bridge" (the Bricks!!!) while Meth shouts out Shaolin. 

10. 1, 2, 1, 2
Produced By: DJ Scratch 

W: DJ Scratch, mostly known for his creative turntable wizardry and production with EPMD, blesses Meth and Red with this joint, and say it with me, another banger! 
4 out of 5

CD: Another dope one.
4 out of 5

W: I agree. 


11. Maad Crew
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: This is a good song, however, it seems to be a "cool down" moment after the continuous bangers from the first half of the album, leading into the second.
4 out of 5


12. Run 4 Cover (featuring Ghostface Killah & Streetlife)
Produced By: The RZA

W: My God, I LOVE this joint, so much so that during the creation of this project, I had to play it twice. Meth, Streetlife, Red, and Ghostface absolutely BLESS this DOPE beat from RZA. Love it!!!!!
5 out of 5

CD: The lyrics are dope but I hate this beat. I would've thought RZA had something better.
4 out of 5

W: Lol, as you can see, Chris and I have different views on this beat, which is fine. Maybe if he revisits this one down the line he'll change his mind, lol! 

13. The ?
Produced By: Reggie Noble

W: Well, we certainly needed another "cool down" moment after "Run 4 Cover" I guess, lol. This is still good though.
3.5 out of 5

CD: This has a Ja Rule sample from Jay-Z's "Can I Get A". I wasn't too big on this one, kinda boring. 
3.5 out of 5

 
14. Dat's Dat Shit (featuring Mally G and Young Zee)
Produced By: Mathematics

W: Mally G, formerly known as Jamal, and Young Zee (on the hook), bring their contributions to this one here. Good overall.
4 out of 5 

CD: Everyone came through with sick lines
4 out of 5

W: Cosign on that one. 

 
15. Cheka
Produced By: Gov Mattic

W: For starters, MUCH props and respect to Das Efx and their 1992 hit "They Want Efx". I know they had to have been proud and impressed with Red and Meth's NICE remake of their classic.
5 out of 5

CD: This is another dope one.
4 out of 5

16. Fire Ina Hole
Produced By: Mathematics

W: I can honestly say I'm not sure what they were aiming for on this one, but the lyrics (of course) and the beat saves it from being titled "the worst song on the album".
4 out of 5

CD: Annoying hook I think. I feel you should just ignore the and listen to the lyrics.
3.5 out of 5

17. We All Rite Cha
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: This would basically be the first of three bonus tracks, as there's no way that "Fire Ina Hole" was going to close this album. It has also been covered before and it's also available on Redman's "Doc's Da Name 2000" album. Dopeness all around.
5 out of 5

CD: I echo the sentiments of Wayne for this one.
4 out of 5

18. Big Dogs
Produced By: Erick Sermon
W: This was also available on Meth's "Tical 2000: Judgement Day" album, and of course it's an Erick Sermon produced banger.
5 out of 5

CD: Yep.
4 out of 5

W: One of the highlights on the "Tical 2000" album, no question.

19. How High (Remix)
Produced By: Erick Sermon

W: Most are familiar with the original version, but this is the one that was included on "The Show" soundtrack, and it brings back SO many memories from 1995. This is where it all started, and it's kind of fitting that it closed this album. And I can't forget Redman's memorable closing verse, which was one of the the illest verses of 95.
5 out of 5

CD: Cosign with Wayne on this one, especially with the rating!
5 out of 5


Wayne's overall view: The first half is absolute fire, no doubt. The second half, while it does have some tight joints on its own, doesn't pack the same punch, but it's still unquestionably dope overall. The simple yet effective practice, if you will, of dope beats and rhymes were on FULL display on this album, as Red and Meth shined as bright as ever on the mic, and the production was largely great.  The numbers didn't lie either, as this album moved a respectable 1,575,000 copies to date. Outstanding job. Bottom line, I'll still give this one a solid 4.5 star rating.

Chris D's overall view: Overall I give the album my own 4 out of 5. It starts off strong but slacks off towards the end.

W: And don't worry, "Blackout 2" will be covered too of course! Well, as this part of the Redman project comes to an end, I also want to say it was a pleasure to work with Chris D for this one! I'm sure there will be more joint posts in the future, and in the meantime, you can also check him out via Dathiphoplife.blogspot.com. Stay tuned for part 6 of the Redman Project, as I'll be covering 2001's "Malpractice". Take care!!!



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