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Blackout!
Studio album by Method Man & Redman
Released September 28, 1999
Recorded 1997-1999
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 70:52
Label Def Jam
Producer Erick Sermon, The RZA, Rockwilder, Mathematics, DJ Scratch, Gov Mattic
Professional reviews
Method Man chronology
Tical 2000: Judgement Day
(1998)
Blackout!
(1999)
Tical 0: The Prequel
(2004)
Redman chronology
Doc's da Name 2000
(1998)
Blackout!
(1999)
Malpractice
(2001)
Method Man & Redman chronology
Blackout!
(1999)
Blackout! 2
(2009)

Blackout! is the debut album by hip hop artists Method Man & Redman.[1] It is a full-length release by Method Man and Redman after many collaborations. The sequel to this album, called Blackout! 2, was released on May 19, 2009.

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Background

Originally the name of the album was to be "Amerikaz Most Blunted" and was advertised as that for months before the release,but they were forced to rename the album[citation needed].

The most popular of these compilations was on the song "How High" from the soundtrack to The Show. "How High" is remixed on this album, but the album's three singles, "Y.O.U.", "Da Rockwilder" and "Tear It Off", spearheaded its success. The success for this highly hyped release allowed it to go platinum on January 6, 2000[2], less than three months after the album's release. The album has also been certified platinum in Canada. The album has sold 1,575,000 copies to date. [1]

Reception

Rolling Stone (11/11/99, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a tight-as-drum album in an era of half-assed efforts."

Entertainment Weekly (10/10/99, p.73) - "...when hip-hop's most playfully creative rhyme stylers throw down like two superballs in a rubber room, they're unstoppable - and make rap's most joyous ride." - Rating: A-

The Wire (1/00, p.100) - "...skulk-funk...Redman moans a melody of dank basement isolation, while on 'Cereal Killer' he sabotages over vamping guitar....Meth executes some taut syncopation...on which his syllables alternate cadences with producer Eric Sermon's thumpingest track of the LP."

The Source (2/00, p.95) - Included in The Source's "Top 10 Albums of the Year [1999]."

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Samples Time
1 "A Special Joint" (Intro) Reggie Noble 1:28
2 "Blackout" Erick Sermon 3:43
3 "Mi Casa" Erick Sermon 2:43
4 "Y.O.U." Erick Sermon 4:03
5 "4 Seasons" (feat. LL Cool J, Ja Rule) Erick Sermon 4:21
6 "Cereal Killer" (feat. Blue Raspberry) RZA 4:00
7 "Da Rockwilder" Rockwilder
  • Interpolates lyrics from "Hand on the Pump" by Cypress Hill
2:16
8 "Tear It Off" Erick Sermon 4:12
9 "Where We At" (Skit) Reggie Noble
  • Interpolates lyrics from "The Bridge" by MC Shan
1:51
10 "1, 2, 1, 2" DJ Scratch 4:33
11 "Maaad Crew" Erick Sermon 4:27
12 "Run 4 Cover" (feat. Ghostface Killah, Streetlife) RZA 4:25
13 "The ?" Reggie Noble 4:50
14 "Dat's Dat Shit" (feat. Mally G, Young Zee) Mathematics 4:19
15 "Cheka" Gov Mattic
  • Sample and Interpolation of "Microphone Checka" by Das EFX
3:02
16 "Fire Ina Hole" Mathematics 4:21
17 "Well All Rite Cha" Erick Sermon & Reggie Noble 4:14
18 "Big Dogs" Erick Sermon & Reggie Noble 3:25
19 "How High" (Remix) Erick Sermon 4:40

Album singles

Single information
"Tear It Off"
  • Released: January 1, 1999
  • B-side:
"Y.O.U."
  • Released: January 18, 2000
  • B-side: "4 Seasons", "Run 4 Cover"
"Da Rockwilder"
  • Released: January 25, 2000
  • B-side: "1, 2, 1, 2"

Album chart positions

Year Album Chart positions
Top Canadian Albums Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1999 Blackout! 3 3 1

Singles chart positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1999 Tear It Off - 52 16
2000 Y.O.U. - 69 18
Da Rockwilder - 51 14

References

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