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4:21...the Day After Explicit Lyrics
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Ever since the sultan of shaolin grabbed the spotlight on Wu Tang Clans' 1993 epic enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers), meth has been in yo face and in yo ears. Whether holding it down with the Wu on the group's 3 subsequent CD's (97's Wu Tang forever, 2000's the W and 2002's Iron Flag), his solo joints - 94's Tical, 98's Tical 2000: Judgement day, blackout 1999's collaboration with partner in crime and rhyme Redman, 2004's Tical 2000: The prequel, guest spots on other folks' hits, "Love at 1st Sight" with longtime collaborator Mary J. Blige, "Still On it" with Ashanti & Paul Wall, and big screen spots on "CSI," "The Wire," and "How High." Method Man has made damn sure that folks not only know who he is but appreciate what he is capable of. Nice on the mike, easy on the eyes, hot on stage, cool on screen, Method Man has become more than Just a rapper but still remained the ultimate rapper in the game. With a lyrical style that is unpredictable, yet instantly recognizable and a persona That runs the gamut from low-key menace to hyped up stoner, meth has brought the pain, and staked his claim, waiting to make his next move. That move is the eagerly anticipated 4:21... The day after. This album takes meth back to 1993 When hip hop was unsaturated and Method Man & RZA were in the studio making magical music.
Top Customer Reviews
The album is very balaced and I wouldnt hesitate to liken it to Jay-Z's blueprint. "Say" is one of the best hip hop songs to be released in 2-3 years. Any fan of Wu-tang, or Method Man himself in either his Tical or Red & Meth incarnations will be elated with this album. A must buy for any fan of Hip-Hop music.
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When looked at from that perspective, this is an excellent album. For the most part, I dont think it sounds anything like Tical, though I will admit that it has a gritty style that is slightly reminicent. Rest assured, it is much better than Tical 0.
Most of the tracks are real tight, with excellent production from a variety of people. I especially like the intro, Is It Me, Problem, Fall Out, Dirty Mef, 4:20, The Glide, Say, Konichiwa B****s, Everything, and Presidential MC. To be honest, the other tracks are good too. Cop this album cause it's dope, and it's just another example of how Wu-Tang is having a reawakening. With Masta Killa, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man dropping hot albums so far this year, and the highly-anticipated Raekwon album coming real soon, it's a good year for hip hop.... if you know where to look.
INTRO (WHERE MEF KILLS IT)
THE GLIDE FT U-GOD,RAEKWON & LA THE DARKMAN
PRESIDENTAIL MC FT RAEKWON AND RZA
EVERYTHING FT INSPECTAH DECK & STREETLIFE
DIRT MEF FT ODB
WALK ON FT REDMAN
For what it's worth, "4:21...The Day After" is a good album as a whole -ESPECIALLY when put next to today's radio-friendly Pop-Rap and Hip-Pop-, enlisting help from the likes of Erick Sermon, RZA, Raekwon, Kwame, Megan Rochell & O.D.B. amongst others, but if you compared it to Ghostface's latest effort "Fishscale", it'd most likely be crushed.
Method Man's intentions are displayed early on in the intro. Stoners furiously protest about legalizing marijuana and other drugs, and it's not long before Method Man starts spitting some fire before finishing it off by angrily stating, "How could you ever say that I'm washed up/When I'm the dirtiest thing in sight?" It's not long before Method Man's relentless, celebratory hate-fest kicks into full gear, blasting critics and modern rappers with his grimy flow and uncompromising lyrics to varying degrees of success.
Scott Storch's tired-out piano loops (which sound re-used from Paris Hilton's "Fighting Over Me") don't do much damage to Method Man's lyrical assault on the music industry on "Is It Me". The heavy Hip-Hop beat of the hateful anti-critic/music industry tracks "Somebody Done F***ed Up", the guitar-loop-driven/bass-heavy "Problem", the wicked-as-hell "The Glide" and "Dirty Mef" -a catchy collaboration with O.D.B. where Method Man wisely says, "If you don't stand for nothing/You'll fall for anything") are also worthy of repeated listens.
Thankfully, there are still some other highlights that break further away from the album's critic-bashing firestorm. Method Man seeks for love from a faithful woman on the piano-driven "4 Ever", featuring rising R&B songstress Megan Rochell. There's a nostalgic feeling to Method Man's wordplay on the awesome "Everything" and "Presidential MC", while the dark, eerie vibe of "4:20" -an obvious ode to getting stoned for those of you aware of what the 20th April represents in America- makes it one of the album's best tracks.
Unfortunately, Method Man has your typical amount of album filler. The skits are, in every sense of the word, irrelevant to any of the album's subject matter, but lack any form of relieving humour to be of any real value. Then there's summery grooves put to waste on Method Man's stale, lyrical odes to materialism and such on "Got To Have It" and the bland "Lets Ride", where Ginuwine's smooth vocals do little to uplift the latter track's cheesy come-ons and predictable clichés. "Konichiwa B****es", another hateful ode to today's commercial modern rappers, lacks the fire Method Man presented in his other tracks, leaving this bland slice of filler to rot somewhere in the dust.
While many of these tracks -including rock-inflected, Redman-assisted "Walk On" & the Fat Joe-assisted hate-fest "Ya'Meen"- are consistent in terms of production and lyrical quality, "4:21...The Day After" doesn't seem to have the clarity its title may suggest. Sure, Method Man's finally coming back hard with lots of hard rhymes, but this album's subject matter rarely goes beyond his hatred for critics and haters. Worse, he admits to focusing more on sales with some of his previous records, yet he chooses to hate on individuals who chose to belittle him for the lack of effort he deliberately failed to apply in the first place. In other words, his hatred may stand unjustified, but at the very least we're seeing one of the Wu Tang Clan's biggest stars rise back to his prime form. Lets hope he delivers more high-quality Hip-Hop with any future releases. 3.5 stars!
5 Best Tracks:
"The Glide" (feat. Raekwon, U-God & La the Darkman)
"Presidential MC" (feat. RZA and Raekwon)
"4 Ever" (feat. Megan Rochell)
"4:20" (feat. Streetlife & Carlton Fisk)
"Lets Ride" (feat. Ginuwine)"
"Got To Have It"