Method Man & Redman, 'Blackout 2' (Def Jam)

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by Chris Ryan

Officially reuniting their musical partnership after a decade, Meth Red pick up where they stopped puffing. With few exceptions (the Houston-themed, "City Lights," featuring Bun B), Blackout 2 sounds ripped from a time capsule buried in 1999. The pair bring class-clown attitude ("Asshole Academy, I'm the spokesman," declares Red) and drop amusing (if past-their-due-date) references to Atari, Herbie Hancock, and the Funky Four Plus One, over vintage East Coast hard-knock beats from Erick Sermon and Rockwilder. As a sequel, Blackout 2 fails to move things forward; but as a revival, it's a welcome blast.

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