Tical 0: The Prequel

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Tical 0: The Prequel
Tical Prequel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 2004
Recorded2002-2004
GenreHip hop
Length55:11
LabelDef Jam Recordings
ProducerSean "Puffy" Combs, DJ Scratch, Mr. Porter, RZA, No I.D., Rick Rock, Rockwilder, Yogi, Rich Mae, Tony Dofat, Lee Stone, Nashiem Myrick, Boogz, DJ Fafu, Jelly Roll, E3, Self, Scott Storch, Q
Method Man chronology
Blackout!
(1999)
Tical 0: The Prequel
(2004)
4:21... The Day After
(2006)
Singles from Tical 0: The Prequel
  1. "What's Happenin"
    Released: 2004
  2. "The Show"
    Released: 2004

Tical 0: The Prequel is the third studio album by American rapper Method Man. The album was released on May 18, 2004, by Def Jam Recordings. The album features production from Sean "Puffy" Combs and Rockwilder, among others, as well as guest appearances from Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and Ludacris. Method Man would later voice his displeasure with the album, stating "On the third LP, it was suggested to bring in Harve Pierre and P Diddy. Who am I to argue? Puff knows how to sell some records. But that wasn't the direction to go in, and I know that now."[1]

Upon its release, Tical 0: The Prequel debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album received mostly mixed reviews from critics who criticized its lack of cohesiveness, production, and overall sound.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic51/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[3]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
Mojo3/5 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[5]
SpinB[6]
Stylus MagazineF[7]
Vibe2.5/5 stars[8]

Tical 0: The Prequel garnered mixed reviews from music critics who felt it lacked cohesiveness in its production and Meth's lyricism. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 51, based on 13 reviews.[2]

Vibe writer Damien Lemon found Meth's usual brand of lyrical bars to be of diminished quality and that the only things keeping the record together are the quality beats from Rick Rock, P. Diddy and Dofat and the collaborations with Ghostface Killah ("Afterparty") and Busta Rhymes ("What's Hapennin'").[8] AllMusic's Andy Kellman saw the album as having even lower interest to attract listeners than the similar but more ambitious Tical 2000, criticizing the overabundance of guest artists and producers for making the listening experience feel "unfocused and disjointed, not diverse and well-rounded" despite commending Meth for retaining his charismatic personality and strong lyricism, concluding that "[A]s an MC, he's had nothing to prove for quite some time. Give or take a couple hot tracks, this release is not likely to play a significant role in his legacy."[3] Rolling Stone's Peter Relic felt the record lacked the "astro-black ambition" that encapsulated previous Tical installments and found Meth's stoner persona devolved into a "leering grotesque of his former menacing self", saying "Tical 0 finds the thirty-four-year-old still stuck spinning doughnuts in a cul-de-sac of blunts."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Intro" (featuring RZA)Yogi, Will Amaze1:01
2."The Prequel" (featuring Streetlife)Rick Rock2:07
3."Say What" (featuring Missy Elliott)Puff Daddy, Tony Dofat4:11
4."What's Happenin'" (featuring Busta Rhymes)DJ Scratch3:52
5."The Motto"Lee Stone, Nashiem Myrick3:24
6."We Some Dogs" (featuring Mr. Porter, Redman & Snoop Dogg)Mr. Porter4:30
7."The Turn" (featuring Raekwon)RZA3:01
8."Tease" (featuring Chinky)No I.D.4:50
9."Rodeo" (featuring Ludacris)Boogz2:57
10."Baby Come On" (featuring Kardinal Offishall)DJ Fafu4:01
11."Who Ya Rollin Wit" (featuring Streetlife)Jelly Roll4:26
12."Never Hold Back" (featuring E3 & Saukrates)E33:05
13."The Show"Self Service2:30
14."Act Right"Rockwilder3:17
15."Afterparty" (featuring Ghostface Killah)Q3:12
16."Crooked Letter I" (featuring Streetlife & Mr. Porter)Mr. Porter3:48
17."Ridin' for Outro" (performed by Black Ice)Yogi, Will Amaze1:01

Personnel[edit]

  • Method Man – executive producer
  • Kevin Liles – executive producer
  • Harve Pierre – A&R direction
  • Tina M. Davis – A&R
  • Mark Brown – A&R
  • Folayan Knight – A&R
  • Tyson Davis – A&R coordinator
  • Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds – A&R administrator
  • Tony Vanias – recording administrator
  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Shante Bacon – marketing
  • James Ellis – management
  • Dawud S. West – art direction, design and graffiti
  • James Porto – cover illustration
  • Vurv Inc. – phoenix logo
  • Matt Doyle – photography
  • Walik Goshorn – bus photo
  • Jennifer L. Justice – legal counsel
  • Randy "Mac" McMillan – business affairs
  • Antoinette Trotman – business affairs
  • Ian Allen – business affairs
  • Chris Kellam – engineer
  • Deborah Mannis-Gardner – sample clearance agent

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (January 6, 2006). "Method Man Drops Diddy, Seeks Clarity On New LP, 4:21 … The Day After". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Reviews for Tical 0: The Prequel by Method Man". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Tical 0: The Prequel - Method Man". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Tical O: prequel CD - Rakuten.com". Buy.com. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Relic, Peter (May 27, 2004). "Method Man: Tical 0: The Prequel". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on May 6, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Ryan, Chris (June 2004). "Method Man 'Tical 0: The Prequel'". Spin. Spin Media LLC. 20 (6): 104-105. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  7. ^ McKeating, Scott (May 19, 2004). "Method Man - Tical 0: The Prequel - Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on July 19, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Lemon, Damien (June 2004). "Method Man 'Tical 0: The Prequel'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 12 (6): 152. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "Method Man Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Method Man – Tical 0: The Prequel". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  13. ^ "2004 Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "2004 Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 19, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2018.