All the way back in 1994, Method Man kicked off the first round of Wu-Tang Clan solo releases with the seminal Tical, which blended his sneering humor with one of the greatest voices to ever touch wax. More than two decades later, Meth is back with his fifth album, The Meth Lab, due out August 21 on Tommy Boy. An album-before-the-album of sorts (in advance of his long-anticipated Crystal Meth), the LP features contributions from Redman, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck, among others. Speaking with Nerdist, Meth acknowledged that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman slipped their way into his consciousness, and that he's committed to shining a spotlight on his hometown. "[T]here’s a lot more talent to be heard from Staten Island outside of Wu-Tang artists," Meth said. "I wanted to just give them a platform to be heard."

Meth's last solo album was 2006's 4:21...The Day After. Meth alleged that the album--released by Def Jam the same label that pressed up his three prior solo records and Blackout!, his collaboration with Redman--suffered from a botched release and promotional campaign. Nonetheless, his last two projects (Blackout! 2 and Wu-Massacre, a joint venture with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah) had the Def Jam stamp. This will be his first full-length release on another label. Tommy Boy dropped an animated trailer to go along with the announcement; the Breaking Bad-spoofing clip features a snippet of some new music, presumably from The Meth Lab. Check it out below:

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