The Bottom Line
- Red and Meth can still kick it with the best of 'em
- Great chemistry
- Stuck in the 90s
- Blackout! 2 is the sequel to 1999's Blackout!
- Features a Wu-Tang reunion on "Four Minutes to Lock Down"
- Production cast includes Pete Rock and Erick Sermon
Guide Review - Method Man/Redman - 'Blackout! 2' (Def Jam)
Redman and Method Man have managed to release a good quantity of solid albums since 1992 -- 12 albums between them (how much more consistent can you get?) They're both gifted lyricists who always complement each other well. Meth is warm yet flavorful, even when he's rhyming about the drollest subject. Red is sharp, witty, and charismatic. Together they're one of hip-hop's most formidable duos.
Blackout 2! finds these funny stoners reminiscing about fun times on every other song. The UGK-assisted hit "City Lights" is the most balanced crossover song you'll hear all year, yet pretty damn funny. "Mrs. International," on the other hand, is rife with rap cliches. Typically, however, none of the many other champs here scores big.
Blackout! 2 is a disappointing effort from two great MCs who are capable of so much more.Release Date: May 19, 2009