Method Man and Redman Drop ‘Blackout!’ Album: Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Sept. 28, in hip-hop history...
1999: Method Man and Redman established themselves as hip-hop's comedic duo to beat with their joint debut album Blackout!, released on Sept. 28, 1999.
Redman handled much of the production on the album with Wu-Tang beat smith RZA, Erick Sermon and DJ Scratch adding to the mix. The album spawned singles "Tear It Off" and "Da Rockwilder" and featured LL Cool J, Ja Rule and Ghostface Killah on guest vocals.
Meth and Red were no strangers to collaborating on tracks, so when fans of the funny pair found out they had dropped an entire project, they reacted accordingly. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, moving 254,000 copies in the first week and was praised by critics for their oddball comedy and rhythmic chemistry. The album came to be known as a landmark project for East Coast rap.
In some respects, the LP served as a prelude to Meth and Red's hilarious 2001 stoner film How High. Many of the tracks from the LP were featured in the Danny DeVito-produced, Jesse Dylan-directed film. The movie was a commercial success, grossing around $31 million and becoming a cinema classic for potheads and hip-hop fans alike. In 2009, the duo tried to recapture the magic with their sophomore album Blackout 2!
When XXL chopped it up with Redman in 2015, he reminisced on the heyday of their first album and film and announced that How High 2 would be coming in 2017 with the album Blackout 3 serving as the soundtrack.
"How High 2 is not going to drop until at least 2017," explained Red in the interview. "The writers are still writing the script."
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