Method Man recently discussed why his new collaboration album Blackout 2 with Redman is ten years overdue and why it was easier to craft than any Wu-Tang Clan or solo project he’s released.
Mr. M-e-t-h-o-d Man also said his chemistry with Red Man helped make the sequel to 1999’s Blackout!
“I had obligations,” Mef explained in an interview. “Doc had obligations. There were things going on [with] the label. Staff changes. That’s what happened…I never really got the chance to sit down and actully make an album. I mean really get in and make an album that was complete to the point that I was satisfied with it. Whereas my man’s track record, he’s made whole movies with an album. So with both those aspects brought on to this project, this is the most focused I’ve been really on any of the projects I’ve been on including Wu-Tang because there wasn’t any rush, we had time to really think out what we wanted to do and it was a comfortable environment man. First time in a long a** time, man.” (MTV)
Red previously addressed the motivation behind the duo’s project.
“The Blackout! album [is coming] plus we shootin’ How High Part 2, so you know, we we in the midst of sh*t, man,” Red promised in an interview. “We wanna represent all the smokers. We know ain’t nobody came out and represented the smokers in a long time besides us, so we comin’ out for y’all…We missed out a lot of jobs and a lot of people f*cking with us big time in Hollywood because we smoke too much…we promote smoke, I don’t give a f*ck…So I said ‘f*ck all that Hollywood money, I’m gonna smoke my ass off.’ So you know, all my smokers out there, we coming. We want y’all to support us ’cause we definitely, we definitely represent all the smokers.” (Out Tha Box TV)
Aside from music, Mef will co-star in the upcoming George Lucas movie Red Tails.
Lucasfilm said that the movie, about the all-black crew, would star Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker and Bryan Cranston. Other cast members include Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith (better known as Method Man) and Ne-Yo. The film is to be directed by Anthony Hemingway and written by John Ridley. (New York Times)
It will take place around the height of World War II.
Red Tails is set in 1944 during the heat of WWII when the famed pilots stepped up to their fated entry into the war. Relegated to second-class citizens due to the U.S. government’s racist policies at the time, their success under the most dangerous of circumstances earned the group legendary recognition. Hundreds of black airmen would follow them from the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama overseas before the war ended. (Press Release)
The Blackout 2 is due in stores Tuesday, May 19.
Check out Mef & Red speaking on their new album below: