Sunday, May 24, 2009

Single, Please Mingle: Redman & Method Man feat. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah "4 Minutes 2 Lockdown"

So Blackout 2 is nice but not as good as it should be. Personally, I would've settled for more of the same from the original Blackout production lineup i.e more of Erick Sermon's funk-fried beats for Meth & Red to get their groove on. This album's production has made concessions to our contemporary pop rap landscape, and so it's a bit of a hit or miss affair.

Anyways, this track lives upto the hype that its lineup generates. The horn-helmed beat is to the point and all of these dudes come correct on this. It's got this nice structure with Red and Ghost pumping the opening and closing credits with adrenaline and Rae and Meth holding the fort down in the middle with grit.

It's hard to rank them, but I think Meth's verse is my favourite (See: "G'd up, married to the game without a prenup" and "pack a little heater/game get colder in the freezer/ hit your little corner with the sweeper, dance with the reaper"). But that's subjective since there's nothing to scoff at here. Red is predictably animated ("Cold, my heart built with a snowball/ And I fuck old women like Zohan"). Raekwon delivers typically great innercity threats ("Before all the cussing and the gunfights, don't wanna rum nights /Yeah, scramble when the sun lights"). Ghost continues to bring the urgency of an escaped convict on the run. Seriously. The dude just opens his verse with a cliff hanger "Ayo, I woke up in handcuffs/ Heard the police wanted me dead." Stay tuned and try to keep up, listener.

It's that symbol again.

P.S Out of curiousity guys, WTF is up with a track named 4 Minutes not being 4 minutes long?

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