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Blackout! (Method Man & Redman album)

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Blackout!
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1999
GenreHip hop
Length58:36
LabelDef Jam Recordings
Producer
Method Man & Redman chronology
Blackout!
(1999)
Blackout! 2
(2009)
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)
Singles from Blackout!
  1. "Tear It Off"
    Released: August 17, 1999[1]
  2. "Da Rockwilder"
    Released: October 26, 1999[2]
  3. "Y.O.U."
    Released: January 18, 2000[3]

Blackout! is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Method Man & Redman. 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 number three on the US Billboard 200 with first week sales of 254,000 copies[4] 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

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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. 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,[5] more than three months after the album's release. The album has also been certified platinum in Canada (100,000 copies).[6] 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.

Critical reception

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Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]

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]."

Commercial performance

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Blackout debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 254,000 copies in its first week.[9] On January 6, 2000, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies.[10] As of October 2009, the album has 1,575,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Live performances

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Among the live performances of songs from this album was a live performance of "Da Rockwilder" by both rappers during boxer Roy Jones Jr.'s entrance for his undisputed light heavyweight championship fight against David Telesco at Radio City Music Hall on January 15, 2000, which was the first boxing match hosted at the venue.[12][13]

Track listing

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No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."A Special Joint" (Intro)Reggie Noble1:28
2."Blackout"
Erick Sermon3:39
3."Mi Casa"
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
  • Sermon
Erick Sermon2:57
4."Y.O.U."
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
  • Sermon
Erick Sermon3:55
5."4 Seasons" (featuring LL Cool J and Ja Rule)Erick Sermon4:04
6."Cereal Killer" (featuring Blue Raspberry)RZA3:57
7."Da Rockwilder"
Rockwilder2:19
8."Tear It Off"
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
  • Sermon
Erick Sermon4:10
9."Where We At" (Skit)
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
Reggie Noble1:53
10."1, 2, 1, 2"
DJ Scratch4:30
11."Maaad Crew"
  • Smith, Jr
  • Noble
  • Sermon
Erick Sermon4:17
12."Run 4 Cover" (featuring Ghostface Killah and Streetlife)RZA3:49
13."The ?"
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
Reggie Noble4:50
14."Dat's Dat Shit" (featuring Mally G and Young Zee)Mathematics4:02
15."Cheka"
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
  • Aubrey Williams
  • Gov Mattic
  • Reggie Noble
2:49
16."Fire Ina Hole"
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
  • Bean
Mathematics4:21
Total length:58:36
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Well All Rite Cha" (from the album Doc's Da Name 2000)
  • Noble
  • Sermon
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Erick Sermon
  • Reggie Noble
4:11
18."Big Dogs" (from the album Tical 2000: Judgement Day)
  • Smith, Jr.
  • Noble
  • Sermon
  • Erick Sermon
  • Reggie Noble
3:28
19."How High *" (* Although listed as "How High (Remix)" on all pressings, the actual version included is the original as featured on Russell Simmons Presents: The Show)
  • Noble
  • Sermon
  • Smith, Jr.
Erick Sermon4:33
Total length:1:09:14

Charts

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Singles

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Year Single Peak chart positions[27]
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Hot Rap Singles
1999 "Tear It Off" 52 16
1999 "Y.O.U." 69 18
1999 "Da Rockwilder" 51 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Certifications

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Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[28] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also

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References

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  2. ^ "Do Rockwilder - Method Man | User Reviews | AllMusic".
  3. ^ "Y.O.U. [US Vinyl Single] - Method Man & Redman | User Reviews | AllMusic".
  4. ^ Eminem's 'Relapse' Tops Billboard 200 | Billboard
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  7. ^ Bush, John. "Blackout! - Method Man/Redman". AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  8. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "Method Man". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 540. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  10. ^ "RIAA Certifications - Redman". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
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  12. ^ "Roy Jones Jr. with Method Man & Redman at Radio City Music Hall - Classic Performance!". YouTube. Home Box Office. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
  13. ^ Snoop Dogg; Redman (8 October 2013). "Redman and Snoop on Mt. Kushmore (GGN with Snoop Dogg)". YouTube. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 186.
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  16. ^ "R&B : Top 50". Jam!. November 8, 1999. Archived from the original on November 10, 1999. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
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  23. ^ "1999 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 111, no. 52. December 25, 1999. p. YE-46. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  24. ^ "1999 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 111, no. 52. December 25, 1999. p. YE-56. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  25. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  26. ^ "2000 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 112, no. 53. December 30, 2000. p. YE-54. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  27. ^ "allmusic ((( Dare Iz a Darkside > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
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