The Meth Lab

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The Meth Lab
Method Man The Meth Lab.jpg
Studio album by Method Man
Released August 21, 2015
Recorded 2013-2015
Genre Hip hop
Length 55:36
Label Hanz On Music, Tommy Boy Entertainment
Producer Hanz On (exec.), Ettore Mazzei (exec.), 4th Disciple, Cee the Architek, Code Red, Daez, Don't Panic Ent., J57, Level 13, Mathematics, Pascal Zumaque, Ron Browz, Zarko Krstic
Method Man chronology
4:21... The Day After
(2006)4:21... The Day After2006
The Meth Lab
(2015)

The Meth Lab is the fifth studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man. The album was released on August 21, 2015, under Hanz On Music and Tommy Boy Entertainment.[1][2] His first album since 2006's 4:21... The Day After, the album features guest appearances from Redman, Hanz On, Streetlife, and Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa. It was recorded in Staten Island at Track Stars Studios on VanDuzer Street under the supervision of executive producer Hanz On and producer/engineer Pascal Zumaque.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Billboard2.5/5 stars[5]
Consequence of SoundB[6]
Exclaim!6/10[7]
HipHopDX3/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media4.0/10[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]

The Meth Lab received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59 based on 11 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[3] David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Uncle Murda, Streetlife, and Hanz On appear often, making this LP close in structure to the crew-focused Theodore Unit releases from Ghostface, but that's not a complaint as much as a caution. Consider this a Meth-led posse LP aimed at returning fans, and a very good one at that."[4] Paul Cantor of Billboard said, "Method's skill and charisma are by far the highlight of The Meth Lab, but there's not enough of him to make this unremarkable compilation pop."[5] Del F. Cowie of Exclaim! stated, "Too often, the album is weighed down by pedantic, average beats and too many run of the mill guest verses, indicating Meth's generosity is a bit of a weakness. Ultimately, it dilutes The Meth Lab's potency."[7] Andrew Gretchko of HipHopDX said, "The Meth Lab may be Method Man’s return to solo work, but without a true connection between the tracks the album feels more like a mixtape than an album, a string of songs that range from uninspiring to a reminder that Method Man was once one of Hip Hop’s elite."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Intro" 0:18
2."The Meth Lab" (featuring Hanz On & Streetlife)Cee the Architek2:54
3."Straight Gutta" (featuring Redman, Hanz On & Streetlife)Ron Browz3:59
4."Bang Zoom" (featuring Hanz On, Streetlife & Eazy Get Rite)Level 133:47
5."50 Shots" (featuring Mack Wilds, Streetlife & Cory Gunz)Pascal Zumaque, Don't Panic Ent.3:58
6."The Pledge" (featuring Hanz On & Streetlife)Mathematics1:10
7."2 Minutes of Your Time"Mathematics2:06
8."Worldwide" (featuring Hanz On, Uncle Murda & Chedda Bang)Pascal Zumaque, Don't Panic Ent.3:27
9."Soundcheck" (featuring Hanz On & Carlton Fisk)Pascal Zumaque, Code Red2:27
10."Water" (featuring Chedda Bang)Pascal Zumaque, Code Red3:25
11."Lifestyles" (featuring Cardi, Eazy Get Rite, Freaky Marciano)Pascal Zumaque4:10
12."The Purple Tape" (featuring Raekwon & Inspectah Deck)J573:24
13."Intelligent Meth" (featuring Masta Killa, Streetlife & iNTeLL)4th Disciple4:01
14."Symphony" (featuring Hanz On, Streetlife, Kash Verrazano, Carlton Fisk & Killa Sin)Daez3:20
15."What You Getting Into" (featuring Streetlife & Donny Cacsh)Pascal Zumaque3:38
16."Another Winter" (featuring Hanz On, Streetlife & Carlton Fisk)4th Disciple3:32
17."Rain All Day" (featuring Hanz On & Dro Pesci)Daez2:42
18."So Staten" (featuring Hanz On & Hue Hef)Zarko Krstic, Pascal Zumaque3:43
19."Outro" 0:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 80
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 77
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 183
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 133
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 12
US Billboard 200[17] 57
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 6
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[20] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Method Man Announces New Album The Meth Lab". Pitchfork. 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  2. ^ Hudson, Alex (2015-06-01). "Method Man Cooks Up New Album 'The Meth Lab'". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for The Meth Lab by Method Man". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David (2015-08-21). "The Meth Lab - Method Man". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Method Man Gets Lost in the Mix of Too Many Guest Stars on 'The Meth Lab': Album Review". Billboard. 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  6. ^ Kaye, Ben (2015-08-17). "Method Man – The Meth Lab". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  7. ^ a b Cowie, Del F. (2015-09-02). "Method Man The Meth Lab". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  8. ^ a b Gretchko, Andrew (2015-08-31). "Method Man – The Meth Lab". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  9. ^ "Method Man: The Meth Lab". Pitchfork. 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  10. ^ Dolan, Jon (2015-08-21). "Method Man's New Album: The Meth Lab". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (August 29, 2015). "ARIA Albums: Disturbed Debuts At No 1 In Australia". Noise11. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
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  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Method Man – The Meth Lab". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
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  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Method Man – The Meth Lab". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  17. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  18. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  19. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  20. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2015.