Blackout!

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Blackout!
Studio album by Method Man & Redman
Released September 28, 1999
Recorded 1998-99
Genre East coast hip hop
Length 70:53
Label Def Jam
Producer Erick Sermon, The RZA, Rockwilder, Mathematics, DJ Scratch, Gov Mattic
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)
Singles from Blackout!
  1. "How High"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Da Rockwilder"
    Released: 1999
  3. "Tear It Off"
    Released: 1999
  4. "Y.O.U."
    Released: 2000

Blackout! is the debut album by hip hop artists Method Man & Redman.[1] It is the first full-length release by Method Man and Redman after many collaborations. The album continued a string of highly successful Def Jam releases in the late 1990s. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 254,000 copies[2] and served as a bit of a precursor to the 2001 major studio film How High. Both rappers enjoyed perhaps the height of their popularity as a tandem after the success of the album and its three charted singles. The singles were also popular videos which were mainstays on MTV and BET. The sequel to the album, Blackout! 2, was released on May 19, 2009.

Background[edit]

Originally the name of the album was to be "Amerikaz Most Blunted" and was advertised as that for months before the release, but they changed it to the more commercially acceptable Blackout!. The CD version of the album features three previously released bonus tracks; "Well All Rite Cha" also appeared on Redman's solo album, Doc's Da Name 2000, "Big Dogz" from Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgement Day and 1995's critically acclaimed single "How High".

The most popular of these previous collaborations 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 the highly hyped release to go platinum on January 6, 2000,[3] more than three months after the album's release. The album has also been certified platinum in Canada (100,000 copies).[4] The album has sold 1,575,000 copies to date. [2]. Blackout is also considered a landmark for both rappers and for East Coast Hip Hop.

Reception[edit]

Rolling Stone (11/11/99, p. 132) - 4 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[edit]

# 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
2:18
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" Erick Sermon 4:40

Album singles[edit]

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[edit]

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

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
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

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