Wu-Tang is great, but i have never been ipressed by Redman as a solo. His rhymes seemed cheesy and the songs, although catchy, always seemed to wear on me quickly. Method Man has shined in the past in both solo (Tical) and group efforts, and Blackout is no different.
The chemistry between red and meth is undeniable, which is the strength of the album. Whether or not they are taking turns or alternating rhymes, it always seems to fit together.
There are some real bangers on this album, especially the singles 'da rockwilder' and 'tear da roof off.' however the more subtle beats and flows seen in '4 seasons' and 'cereal killer' seems to cater more toward meth's style (cereal killer is produced by RZA), and are two of my favorite tracks. a song more geared toward red's flow is 'fire in tha hole,' an uptempo track where red shines. ghostface comes on the track on 'run for cover,' a welcome cameo.
method man is one of my favorite emcees, and i was worried when he collaborated with red, especially rhyming over erick sermon tracks. but the truth is it worked. this isn't an introspective album by any means. it does not make you think and does not change who you are. but it doesnt say anywhere that those qualities are a prerequisite for a good album. Blackout is pure....fun for lack of a better word. you can't help but nod your head and follow along as meth and red tear through the tracks. i was doing this despite low expectations