Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2: #575 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Method Man & Redman - Blackout! 2

So why is Method Man & Redman’s Blackout! 2 on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

The first edition of Blackout! is very good, but the sequel, simply titled 2 (or Vol. 2), proves that the pairing of Redman and Wu-Tang alum Method Man is an all-timer (see more on the fellas below).

Speaking of all-timers, from the first time I listened to “Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers,” I knew we had a hip hop pot anthem on our hands. Pardon the phrase, but the DJ Scratch track on this one is absolutely smoking, a loop built on a wild flourish of strings that culminates with the eminently chant along-able song title*.

* Yes, this is a song where you know precisely what it’s about from the song title alone.

Saukrates joins the boys on “A-YO,” where a subtle funk guitar riff and nicely layered in horn samples help get the party popping.

And speaking of anthems, a slow and low bass keyboard hook sets off “City Lights,” a track where Bun B joins in on the fun.

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Pop culture stuff that has something to do with Method Man & Redman’s Blackout! 2

Via Wikipedia, the dynamic hip hop duo known as Method Man and Redman is also known as:

  • Meth & Red
  • Red & Meth
  • John Blaze and Funk Doc
  • Funk Doctor Spock and Johnny Blaze

Funk Doctor Spock!

The fellas are also known for co-starring in the 2001 stoner comedy (because of course), How High.

And Method Man, a prolific actor in addition to his music career, was incredible in a small but important role on The Wire (which is… pretty high up there, one might say, on my best 100 TV shows ever list), playing Melvin “Cheese” Wagstaff.

Some stats & info about Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rap, Hip Hop, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Blackout! 2 released? 2009
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #575 out of 1,000

Method Man & Redman’s Blackout! 2 on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Method Man & Redman’s Blackout! 2 that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

I challenge any opponent who want to smoke – we can pull ‘till our voice get lower than Tone Loc.

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.