Friday, May 30, 2014

Revisiting Method Man's "4:21: The Day After"

After the somewhat long awaited "Tical 0: The Prequel," Mr. Meth had to go back to the drawing board for his 4th album, "4:21: The Day After." When it came to that "Tical 0" album, heads were NOT pleased, and that includes Meth himself. The direction he took impressed no one, and it was essentially the worst album of his career. Although he still made the normal guest appearances between 2004 and 2006, the question was how would he bounce back from SUCH a disappointing album? We'll take a look at that with this revisit.

Release date: August 29, 2006

1. Intro

"How can you say I'm washed up when I'm the dirtiest thing in sight?!"

After some clips courtesy of "Educational Archives: Sex & Drugs," Meth wastes no time dropping a brief, but dope lyrical intro to kick things off, besting the entire "Tical 0" album in one fell swoop.

2. Is It Me
Produced By: Scott Storch

"My flow's no holds barred, holy jihad/It's the head nigga in charge, Meth back on the job"

That one line sums up this Scott Storch produced, piano laced banger. Meth was really feeling it on this one, with inspiration in his delivery and lyrics.
*4 out of 5*

3. Problem
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Another banger right here, which was begging for a DMX guest appearance in my view. Again, Meth was feeling it here and it comes across in the delivery and lyrics. A problem indeed.
*4 out of 5*

4. Somebody Done F**ked Up
Produced By: Havoc

"Tell the label gimme somethin' to spend/And every light got a price, you want a slice but we ain't cuttin' you in!" 

Fast paced and a banger of course. You could tell the response to his last album clearly lit a fire under Meth and rightfully so.
*4 out of 5*

5. Shaolin Soldier Skit

6. Fall Out
Produced By: Kwame "K1Mil"

This joint was clearly for the radio and clubs, but it's so dope that it doesn't even matter. It simply has that vibe that just makes you bob your head AND get up and bounce. Very good song.
*4 out of 5*

7. Dirty Mef
Featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard
Produced By: Erick Sermon and Allah Mathematics

My guess is that this was recorded prior to ODB's passing. Either way, I like this one; makes you miss ODB that much more.
*4 out of 5*

8. 4:20
Featuring StreetLife and Carlton Fisk
Produced By: The RZA and Kinetic 

"Got terrorists shook cause I'm so bomb" -Meth

This is another one for the smokers right here. 
*4 out of 5*

9. Let's Ride
Featuring Ginuwine
Produced By: Mr. Porter

Yes, this was a joint for the ladies, but it's smoothly dope. Mr. Porter provides a nice beat, perfect for the ride with the windows down, and Ginuwine was not out of place on the hook. He actually showed more chemistry with Meth than he did with Nas I think.
*4 out of 5*

10. The Glide
Featuring Raekwon, U-God and La The Darkman
Produced By: The RZA

For some reason, U-God's verse wasn't credited in the album's insert. Be that as it may, this is a good, fast paced song. The underrated La The Darkman provides the hook.
*3.5 out of 5*

11. Kids Skit
Cute and funny at the same time.

12. Got To Have It
Produced By: Erick Sermon

Gotta have certain things, no doubt about it, even though Meth gives more than a few. It's all good though.
*4 out of 5*

13. Say
Produced By: Erick Sermon

I honestly can't recall a time prior to this where Meth was as introspective as he was on this song. He has words mostly for the fans and critics, especially those who weren't feeling the "Tical 0" album. Excellent song, complete with its well timed Lauryn Hill sample.
*5 out of 5*

14. Ya'Meen
Featuring Styles P and Fat Joe
Produced By: The Chairman and Josh

Wu-Tang, D-Block, and Terror Squad are all represented nicely on this banger, featuring three dope verses, one in which Styles almost steals the show.
*4 out of 5*

15. Konichiwas Bitches
Produced By: The RZA

Another good song here, nothing more or less.
*4 out of 5*

16. Everything
Featuring Inspectah Deck and StreetLife
Produced By: Allah Mathematics

ANOTHER banger featuring that vintage Wu sound.
*4 out of 5*

17. Walk On
Featuring Redman
Produced By: Versatile

Whenever Red and Meth guest star on each other's albums, you can be guaranteed a highlight, and that's what this is. I REALLY liked how Versatile worked Issac Hayes' classic "Walk On By," complete with a throwback vibe dating back to Public Enemy's "By The Time I Get To Arizona." TIGHT.
*5 out of 5*

18. Pimpin Skit

19. Presidential MC
Featuring The RZA and Raekwon
Produced By: The RZA

What I said about song 16 is this one verbatim. Dope stuff here.
*4 out of 5*

20. 4Ever
Featuring Megan Rochell
Produced By: Kwame "K1Mil"

The closing of this album is a little tricky. Closing the album with song 19 would've left most fans wanting more, which by definition is a good thing; then on the flipside, a song like "4Ever" (lasting love with the woman of Meth's desires) would've been my last choice as a closer.
*4 out of 5*

This is an excellent, fast paced, 4 star album from top to bottom, WAY better than "Tical 0" and clearly his best work since 1998's "Tical 2000: Judgement Day." This was a hell of a step up from "Tical 0," as Meth was lyrically inspired throughout, backed by some dope production and guest appearances. With hip hop rapidly changing at the time of this album's release, it fell so far under the proverbial radar it's not even funny. You can make a case that almost no one was checking for this album, unfortunately, as it wasn't promoted like it should've been, plus none of the songs graced radio and TV, another unfortunate happening. Either way, this is Meth's most underrated album and it receives a strong recommendation from me if you haven't checked it out already. Much props and respect Meth!

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