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Tical

Method Man

1994

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Tical

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5

Phenom of rap, with that signature Dark east coast sound. I might have a complaint or two, but the beats and flow are tops here, and that brings it all the way up baby.

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4

The signature Wu Tang sound permeates this album, and Method Man's attitude comes through in every track.

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Day 33 of Album You Must Hear... Today, a lot of the younger generation see Wu-Tang Clan as a brand and mostly recognize the big golden W more than they would the artists or music they created from 1993 on. When I first heard Protect Ya Neck when I was a kid, I was intrigued with the mysterious group of NY MC’s. They were so different from anything else at the time. How many members were there? Are they some kind of Kung-Fu masters? Without the internet, all of us kids would speculate endlessly about the Wu-Tang Clan. Some kids would claim that the clan consisted of thousands of members, some would even try to convince others that they were members of this secret society. With Mortal Kombat, the explicit, bloody martial arts arcade game exploding around the same time as Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, it was perfect timing for the group that took heavy influence from Kung-Fu B movies of the Seventies just as much as they did street life. With the direction of the The Scientist, RZA (Prince Rakeem), Wu-Tang went viral before there was viral. Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) would soon be in every hip-hop head’s collection. In an unorthodox deal at the time, the collective were signed to Loud Records, while individually, the members were allowed to pursue solo deals with other labels. While RZA was the first to follow up 36 Chambers with his project group, Gravediggaz, Method Man was the first to release a solo album, Tical, in 1994. While RZA was the producer and quarterback of the Wu, Method Man was the star of the group in the early years. As the youngest of the clan, he even had a self titled song on 36 Chambers that was a huge single. On Tical, Method Man would keep the momentum going with his slick bars and cooler than cool style. On the opening track, Tical, you’re instantly greeted with the familiar production of RZA, with Kung-Fu movie samples, the sounds of Shaolin swords and eerie underground strings. Bring the Pain is a faster paced bravado song where Method Man flexes for any other rapper that wants the ruckus. All I Need is the first song from any of the Wu-Tang Clan collective to approach the topic of love. It’s sentimental nature paid of ten-fold, especially when Mary J. Blige would feature on the remix with the sweet sample of Marvin Gaye’s You’re All I Need To Get By, and won the duo a Grammy Award. (Heads up, this version isn’t on the original LP). Meth Vs. Chef is a great show-and-tell of two great wordsmiths, Method Man and Raekwon. Release Yo Delf, my favorite song from Tical, is upbeat, has triumphant horns blaring that have me feeling like I’m about to go into battle, and has an interpolation of the 1978 song I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Method Man also channels his inner Ol’ Dirty Bastard towards the end of the song. Method Man (Remix) closes out Tical with great fashion, with his ability to harmonize and rap at the same time. In my opinion, there are a couple of filler tracks on Tical that don’t exactly match the quality of others, but it doesn’t keep this from being a definite Must Hear, especially for any Hip-Hop fan of any age. Method Man had a very unique style. In between bars, instead of just taking a breath, he would suck air through his teeth and cheeks in a audible way that was almost like an ad lib. In the music videos, he wears sharp fanged gold fronts, an all white contact in his left eye, wrapped philly blunts tucked into his visor, and his trademark black gloves. As dark as the themes usually were, Method Man was also known to dance a bit while performing. In closing, I recently complimented a young lady on her dope Wu-Tang Clan mask and matching shirt. When I jokingly asked if she could name any of the members, or even a song, she couldn’t. Not even one. So, this one is for all my 80’s and 90’s babies out there! Either way, WU-TANG IS FOREVER! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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The first Wu-Tang Clan solo album to follow the seismic impact of Enter the Wu-Tang, Method Man's Tical similarly delivers an otherworldly wallop, one that instantly sets the madcap MC apart from his clansmen as the collective's shining star. Not only is Meth madcap, both in terms of mentality and delivery, he's also incredibly witty and wordy. Here he inspires hilarity as well as astonishment, and the way that he fires off his rhymes with such seemingly spontaneous ease compounds this sense of wonder. Just as Meth is quite clearly leagues above practically every other rapper in 1994 sans a small handful, if that, so is his producer, Wu-Tang abbot RZA, who produces the entirety of Tical: from the antiquated flutes and kung fu flick samples that open the album, to the pulse-accelerating beats of "Bring the Pain" and the fist-pumping ones of "All I Need" (the b-boy version rather than the radio-geared one featuring Mary J. Blige), to the rallying, warlike horns of "Release Yo' Delf." Despite a few outside contributions, most notably from Raekwon on the rowdy spar-fest "Meth vs. Chef," Tical is strictly a two-man show, Meth bringing da ruckus and RZA the swarming soundscapes, and that's precisely what further makes this album such a treasure amid the many Wu-Tang gems. Where most of Meth's clansmen delivered guest-laden albums that sounded more like group efforts than solo ones, Tical strictly spotlights the group's two stars and does so with refreshingly straightforward flair. There's none of the epic overreaching that mars so many rap albums of the era; rather, there's just over a dozen tracks here, and they're filled to the brim with rhymes and beats and little else -- no pop-crossover concessions nor any heady experimentation for the sake of experimentation, just good ol'-fashioned hip-hop, albeit with a dark, dark deranged twist.

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My second favourite member of the Wu. On this, his debut album Method man wages lyrical warfare on any man that tries to test. The influence of Jamaican soundsystem clash culture and the Wu's inimitable Shaolin, Kung-Fu style production make this album a vicious assault on the senses. Dark, gritty and aggressive, Tical is a stand out album in mid 90s hip-hop. Best track: Bring the Pain & Release Yo Delf.

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I need to listen to a few more times as it's super layered. The flow is great of course, but there is so much going on in the background that deserves to be heard. There's a tinge of darkness and moodiness to this album that is really intriguing. An excellent addition to the mystique of the Wu Tang Clan

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5

Dope.

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5

Top album

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5

Wutang Clan aint nothing to fuck with

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5

great beats and his flow is top notch he has a way better switch of tempo compared to N.W.A. from earlier this week Probably one of the only 5 star albums where I won't add a song from it, but I can respect that this is a bomb album

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5

Fuck yeah. Keep it moving, ya punk.

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Love wu-tang, listening to Method Man extends that, and generates a banging song radio afterwards too

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4

1994: Bring The Pain, Meth Vs. Chef, What The Blood Clot

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4

Very mature album for 94 and a couple of bangers on there but a bit sweary for me

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Slaps. Pretty. Fucking Hard.

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3.9

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A lot better than I expected. Moody, bluesy rap. I liked it.

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It’s method man. So yeah, great! More exceptional, but great.

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Good to very good. That first wave of Wu solo releases was quite special.

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One of the first groups to switch me on to hip-hop was the Gravediggaz, and this album reminded me a lot of "6 Feet Deep" for obvious reasons. Love the grumbling hypnotic bass lines a load of these tracks have. Fave track - "Stimulation" as it reminds me a lot of Dr Octagon's "Blue Flowers", which was another one of my hip-hop first loves. I'm a sucker for a meandering ethereal melody line lifted from a classical piece, it seems!

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It might not be my favorite Wu-Tang solo album (that title belongs to GZA's "Liquid Swords"), but Tical is still an essential entry in the Wu catalog. I reserve the fifth star only because it sounds a bit dated to modern ears, but Meth's talent and skills are completely undeniable and the best songs on the album ("Release Yo' Delf" jumps to mind) are bona fide classics.

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great one although a little derivative from the WTC work, I mean, why a solo path that sounds almost like the group?. When I was young I wondered if they had not access to good recording studios but now I know that foggy sound is actually deliberated and I love it

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Tres bon rap et tres bon 1er album solo. Son flow est là.4.5

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Rap de boa qualidade!

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The first solo Wu Tang release and not the greatest but still a very good album. RZA is one of the greatest producers working.

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another album i listened to a ton as a kid, but have since written it off as a guilty pleasure. looking forward to this listen. 1/2 way - just as good as i remember it. method has incredible flow compared to most of today's rappers IMO.

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4

Pretty solid Boom Bap album. I've been meaning to check out the solo material from the Wu-Tang members for awhile

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really good.

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// Favs: Biscuit / Bring The Pain / What The Blood Clot / Release Yo' Delf / Method Man Score: Light to Decent 4

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It's wu-tang, what more do you want.

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Classic Wu-Tang sound. Solid all the way through.

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Dark and moody, like Gerald Ford on a good day

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El klasiko wu tangowe na liscie, nie moze byc, jest to pierwsza solowa plyta tangowa wydana prawie rowny rok po 36 chambersach, wiec 94, jest to takze pierwszy solowy material w dyskografii pana Methoda, czyli jednej z najwazniejszych postaci chambersowej, bo jesli chodzi o kunszt liryczny nie ma on sobie rownych w skladzie, ale co z ticalem, album praktycznie w calosci wyprodukowany przez RZA z pomoca 4th Disciple na dwoch trakach, jesli chodzi o featury to tak jak to bywa na wutangowych materialach musi pojawic sie ktos z bandy, ale tutaj akurat featury sa bardzo oszczedne, co podkresla solowy charakter plyty, jedynie Mr. Sandman jest trakiem goscinnym gdzie mozna uslyszec Decka RZE pana Blue Raspberry, Streetlife i Fiska, ktory pojawia sie takze na P.L.O style, poza tym jeszcze kawalek meth vs chef z Reakwonem, bo jak mowi lore wu tangowe membery musialy sie duelowac o bity, wiec taki duel wlasnie tutaj ma miejsce, przy czym zwyciescy tutaj nie ma wiec obaj panowie sa na traczku, glownymi motywami bedzie tytulowy tical, chociaz sam meth zdradzil gdzies, ze to akronim od taking into consideration all lives, no ale jednak marihuanina sie przewija przez cala plyte, wraz z opowiesciami o zyciu na projektach, milosciach projektowych, no i typowym dla methoda lirycznym prezeniu skillow, solidne 13 kawalkow zamkniete na 43 minutach cidika, na plejke ciezko cos dodam, bo najbardziej klasyczne kawalki jak bring the pain czy mr sandman juz dawno dodane, wiec sluchajac tym razem hajlajtami beda wspomniany juz meth vs chef jako najlepszy ficzur ktory wyciaga flow samego metha na nowy poziom, kolejnym numerem bedzie what the blood clot, czyli jechanka po calej bandzie, wiec bardzo niecodzienny okaz w tak zgranym skladzie, przynajmniej jeszcze w tamtym czasie, gdy RZA rzadzil silna lapa, tak w ogole bloodclot chyba razem sie powinno pisac po dzamajskiemu ingriszu

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Very nice, although not as good as some Wu Tang members solo albums.

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A fresh addition to 1990s East Coast hip-hop. As a detachment from legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, this album demonstrates Method Man's sharp and clever abilities, namely in rapping as a persona. 'Tical' (album) is quick and full of wit, ready to lunge at you if your attention ever sways.

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What we have here is a continuation, or perhaps less generously an appendix, to Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). We have the same methodology (hah!), the same kung-fu samples, a slightly lighter atmosphere and a slightly more technologically swanky approach to production. But the connections to Enter the Wu-Tang aren't just obvious, but declared; one of the tracks is a remix of Method Man, one of the standouts from Enter the Wu-Tang. To be clear, Enter the Wu-Tang is one of the great albums of the nineties, so where stands this: a noble sequel, a development of an established aesthetic, an exercise in caution or a placeholder? Well, Method Man and Rza are too talented for the last two, and Tical is in no way a bad album. It's just that you wish for more of a distinction from the earlier album. I'll still give it four stars, but that's in part goodwill.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: All I need

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No le he prestado atención a lo que rapea pero sí a cómo suena. Y suena muy elegante. Me dan ganas de escuchar más cosas suyas y de los Wu-Tang Clan.

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Excellent – I love the raps and beats (even if all WTC sounds the same), will definitely listen closer.

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i think i really liked this. the schoolhouse rock references were so unexpected and fucking hilarious

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90s hip hop when done well is consistently one of my favorite genres and this was done really well… tempted to give it a 5 but i shant.

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Solid solo effort from Mr Meth, sticking to the format that worked so well on the Wu Tang debut album - grimy RZA beats, Kung Fu movie samples, Meth spitting darts. Moody, atmospheric, classy.

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Great album with an incredible, dark atmosphere. I actually liked it a lot more than I used to.

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Method Man oozes wit, but sometimes his theatrical persona can run counter to his flow. Regardless, some of the grooves and samples here are so well produced, and they really ground things some of the darker/deranged themes on Tical. 3.5/5 Fav Tracks: Release 'Yo Delf, Tical, Bring the Pain, All I Need

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Rap, but actually pretty good.

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I don’t have enough background and knowledge to know how to really rate this but 4 stars seems right

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4

Great instrumentals classic samples. One of the best solo records from this first wu tang hiatus era.

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4

Love the wu production, and the variance through the album.

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4

Almost a 5, really reminiscent of 36 chambers- very good but it feels tired in some spots. Hence the 4, will listen to again

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4

Was great, feeling like badass, nice sampling of well known songs.

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4

Interesting to hear the lisp and some pop culture references. Solid album.

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The Nice dark and sleazy Method Man drawl makes this a mean rhymed record. Solid album.

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4

The first solo Wu Tang album, and in many ways it's a proper successor, reusing samples and referencing the gang, with the same vibe that made the debut so amazing. In a lot of other ways, it holds its own identity, clouding itself in an atmosphere of dark, industrial, claustrophobic music. "What the Blood Cot" for example has both RZA and Method Man talking at the same time. Method Man is an incredible rapper in his own right. He's been featured in his own self-titled track on the debut, which I complimented before for being an excellent showcase of his smooth flow and mature, collective attitude. Had a music video and was a successful single and all. I consider him the most accessible member, closely tying with Inspectah Deck and GZA. I did think the 4-track stretch from "Sub Crazy" to "I Get My Thang In Action" was weak. But I did legitimately enjoy everything before and the last 2 to the point where I couldn't pick a favorite. "Mr. Sandman" is pretty much just a Wu-Tang track. I also enjoyed the single "I'll Be There For You" with Mary Blige.

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3

Not heard this before. Sounds great on initial listening.... explore further!

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The rapping here is in the back, as bass-heavy samples take center stage. Method Man's voice is still distinctive. The project has a tightness which it benefits from: Moderate runtime, a few interesting samples, no skits, and just the one remix.

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Heerlijke beats op een relaxed tempo. Stem van MM maakt het plaatje compleet. In bijv. I Get My Thang In Action vind ik de beat echt lekker. Tekst luister ik eerlijk gezegd niet naar, het is iig niet de geld en bitches bs.

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3

Good for garage lifting

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3

Pretty good. Much better than Kanye's debut.

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3

started weak but ended pretty strong

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While rap is not my favourite genre I enjoyed this album especially for the flow of Method Man.

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3

Production: 12/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =43 Not terrible

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3

Great. I can see how this influenced today's artists. Not very catchy to me

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Will probably grow on me, but 3.5 stars for now

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Nice 90's oldschool hip-hop. I've been in the mood for this kind of sound ever since watching Netflix's Evolution of Hip-Hop.

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3

Great rapper, I like his flow and rhyming, but the beats are too weak to make this a great album.

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3

Enjoyed this, but nothing really jumped out at me. The integration of jazz made me want to listen to Jazzmatazz.

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3

Really looked forward to this but it's dated badly. Love meths delivery tho.

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3

Good album. Am terrible at listening to the lyrics. But it all goes together well, more listens needed.

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3

Solid album, good flow, not as great as other albums coming out of Wu Tang

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3

Not bad. Not the best Wu Tang member album. Great beats, good flow. A bit dark for me. B-

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Method Man is so damn charismatic. None of the tracks are catchy. The production is minor and spooky. The rhymes are dark. But somehow he's charming through the whole thing. Maybe I'm biased from all his funny movie cameos. I thought half the album was killer, and the other half mellowed into the background. But it's really contextual. 90s hip hop doesn't pair well with deskwork. B

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Hmm, känner inget speciellt för detta.. det blir 3/5

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3

prety good, not my favorite album cover and alot of filler

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3

Not the classic it’s made out to be but it was the first solo project - couple of classic tracks, some good but also some forgettable

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3

More enjoyable than than I was expecting. Compitant rapping.

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Mehthod man

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Kann ich bei Rap/HipHop nicht wirklich einordnen aber ist nicht negativ aufgefallen

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Meh

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Really good Wu solo album but not quite up there with the best off them,. Unmistakable RZA grainy sinister production, maybe a bit long.

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Tical is the debut studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man. This is the first solo album by a Wu-Tang Clan member after their debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." Method Man has gone on to say the title of this album is an acronym for "taking into consideration all lives," and I'm very excited to experience that consideration. This album opens with the titular track "Tical," at 3 minutes and 57 seconds. This track has a muddy buildup of audio samples from kung fu movies over a beat until Mr. Man's vocals come in. This song feels very much like a 90s east coast hip hop track, with lyrics about weed and other drugs, per Genius.com: "In 2011 interview with Complex, Meth revealed that this song was performed while he was high on “dust” (a.k.a. angel dust or PCP)". Track 2, "Biscuits," features another consistent hip hop beat with lyrics of meth, guns, and other lyrical assault! Next up is "Bring the Pain," which offers another consistent beat with Method Man rapping about being real: "if you’re really real, then you need to bring the pain because pain is the only real thing in life, its something that you feel." The next track on this album is "All I Need," where Method Man raps about his girlfriend and their dreams of having 1,000 kids together. The Beatles said that love is all we need, and I think Meth agrees. "What the Blood Clot!?!" is track #5 on Tical, and Meth raps about an argument he had with other members of WTC. I like these storytelling lyrics: "Keep your thoughts on your lessons What the Blood Clot!?! To tell the truth you don't amaze me Killa Hill Project, a Star Trek phaser couldn't faze me" A classic "what the FUCK" track. After blood clot comes "Meth Vs. Chef," a rap battle track between Meth and Raekwon the Chef. There are some great disses on this track, and I am all about that. There's a boxing ring and audience applause in this song that really gives it a competitive feel and it's really fun. "Sub Crazy" comes next on this album, it features a really cool, kinda spooky beat. I dig it! "Release Yo' Delf" featuring Blue Raspberry is another dis-like track. Meth goes off about the other industry singers/rappers. Blue Raspberry reminds us that those careers won't be lasting long while a siren wails in the background. The next track, "P.L.O Style" (aka Palestinian Liberation Organizations [unorthodox and ruthless fighting tactics]) features Carlton Fisk. This track was inspired by guerrilla tactics in the middle east used to de-establish Israel in favor of Palestinian justice. "I Get My Thang in Action" is another solid track by Method Man with wonderful word play and clever phrasing: "Shiiit, I told the boy If you can't get yourself a ten The least you can do is fuck five twos And we out, Method" You can't compete with that. Track 11, "Mr. Sandman," features an ensemble posse consisting of Carlton Fisk, Streetlife, Blue Raspberry, Inspectah Deck, and RZA. New York-specific lyrics mixed with Blue Raspberry's high octave singing of "Mr. Saaaandman (bring me a dream)" gives this track a true chaotic, fun energy. Track 12, "Stimulation" is the final track exclusive to this album (as the final track is a remix from an earlier Wu-Tang album) and features Blue Raspberry singing, welcoming the listener to Method Man's stimulation of our senses. Another solid hip hop track to nod one's head to. The closing track, "Method Man (remix)" is a "fat dub stack" song (a bag of weed that weighs a little heavier than usual. Showing how this song being a remix is giving you a little more than usual.) This track asks "Have you had your meth today?" and now I can say I have! I'm not too well-versed with 90s hip hop, but this album is consistently good, with no "filler" songs or boring, celebrity-filled garbage. A solid album with some amazing word play. Favorite track: Meth Vs. Chef Honorable mention: All I Need

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Solid but not my favorite

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олдскул че сказать. такое себе

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3

ok, nice sound but ok

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the method

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ssdsds

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Not a huge hip hop fan but it was a good change from the music that I have been getting lately. 3.4

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Like this more than most 90s rap. N-bombs at an efficient minimum and the flow is pretty smooth.

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Maybe I just don't get the Wu Tang thing. A lot of this just hit me as meandering warm up to a payoff that didn't come and it quickly faded into the background.

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Hip-hop que no desagrada. Ni fu ni fa.

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I didn't get it in '94, don't get it now. Let's rap to the sick beats of John Philip Sousa? Samples are expensive, we'll sing 'em ourselves. No, not getting it.

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It's good music, definitely engaging at least. Favorite tracks might be All I Need and Release Yo' Delf.

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3

Some good stuffs

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Not my favourite Wu album (would be Supreme Clientele or Cuban Linx) but gotta respect Method Man

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Fav songs: - What The Blood Clot - Release Yo 'Delf

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Hip-hop que no desagrada. Ni fu ni fa.

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Groovy, not as corny as I was expecting. *Sub Crazy *Release Yo Delf

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Going to have have another few listens. Wasn't totally hooked first time but I suspect it's a grower.

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3,5

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The debut solo outing from Method Man is unrelentingly dark with densely layered samples and bars. It makes for kind of a difficult listen. At the same time, I can't help but appreciate the attention to detail and inventive arrangements. That sample on "Release Yo' Delf" really made me sit up and take notice! Wanted to give this a four but find myself hovering closer to a three. Chalk it up to personal taste -- this one likely still deserves a place on this list. Favourite tracks: Bring the Pain, All I Need, Release Yo' Delf, Mr. Sandman

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I can't say I have a lot of experience with the output of the Wu-tang Clan so don't have a reference point to this album. My first take on the album is that it is quite dark, moody and aggressive. As far as the songs go on this album there are some that have a really good flow but others seem not well crafted, I get the feeling that this may be an album where Method Man is trying to find his way a bit as a solo artist which is understandable. The back half of the album seems stronger to me. There are a few songs that I enjoy in particular on this album, "All I Need", "Release Yo Delf", "Sandman". 3 out of 5.

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You know, it's not bad. Pretty inventive.

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Toimii, 3/5. RZA:n hämyiset tunnelmat on tässäkin siistejä, vaikka on pari kovempaakin levyä tehnyt. Räbä kans ihan jees ja peukkua pituudelle, hoppilevyt liian usein yli tunnin. Saatiin aika stereotyyppiset East ja West Coast vertailut, kun Dre oli äsken. Mulle länsirannan melodisuus ja rentous toimii vähän paremmin. Tosin tää Tical tuskin on edes itäräbän top10.

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Vaikka Wu-Tang Clan onkin ihan lähellä sydäntäni, on nää jäsenten soololevyt jäänyt aikalailla kuuntelematta ehkä jotain RZA:n Liquid Swardsia lukuunottamatta. Tää on kaukana raikkaasta ja on soundiltaan jopa todella tunkkanen — joka oudolla tavalla toimii. Suht minimalistista ja sumusta menoo. Ei mitään ilosta juhlaräppii. Kyl tää keinahtaa positiivisen puolelle meikän osalta, mutta vaatii lisäkuunteluja että osaan päättää kuinka paljon. 3,5/5 Näin tällä kuuntelulla.

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Du hip hop old school; ça s'écoute en fond

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I'd always avoided this as he's not one of my favourite in Wu tang, don't know why. It's got the gritty sound and the classic dense lyrics. Probably needs a few listens to really sink in but I liked it

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3

Good solid rap album

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Ok album, love the rhythm and rhyme of Method Man, but the lyrics aren’t engaging for me.

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Bom.

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Take into consideration all lies. wu tang is for the children

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I'm sure Tical is good hip-hop. Just not a fan of the genre.

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I was not familiar with any of the tracks on this album. I appreciate Method Man as a Wu-Tang member, and I was surprised that this album didn't appeal to me more. Looking forward to seeing the Wu-Tang Clan on this list.

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Nearly skipped it but actually enjoyed it. Not likely to search out again

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This could quite easily be a Wu Tang Clan album - RZA helming production, Method Man's personality shining through, similar dusty-sounding beats and samples. And it's fine, not great, not bad, but fine. It doesn't pop as much as the first Wu Tang release, and it can be a little samey; proceedings are enlivened when guest performers appear. Still, MM is an inventive craftsman - even when playing it safe, the results are satisfying.

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I worked at Camelot Super Store in Charlotte, NC when this album came out. For the first month seeing this album cover, I thought the idea was that 'Tical' was an extension of 'Method', so like, the album was called 'Methodtical'. But then a co-worker hipped me to the real - it's a blunt. With cocaine maybe? Dipped, too, maybe? Regardless... a pretty good listen. Method Man's delivery works for me. I didn't walk away with any new best songs, but I liked the production and didn't mind it playing.

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pretty boring, just nameless 90s rap like everyone was listening to at the time in high school

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Not my genre but also not very good albums even for somebody that's no expert in rap

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War mal interesant. Aber nicht so meins

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Je suis en retaaaard

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Maybe this album seemed revolutionary for 1994. Maybe the writer of 1001 albums was just sentimental about W-Tang Clan. Ultimately seemed like a very average rap album.

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Nope

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It's just alright for me. Not a genre I really enjoy listening to that much, but I can appreciate the work to some degree. 2 stars.

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cool. i like the idea more than the reality. i do remember liking wu-tang, but this didn't do it for me nearly as much as i'd hoped.

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Not really for me. I think I prefer west coast 90s rap.

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Generic rap

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No bueno

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OK

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Some ok tracks but overly long and not particularly melodic hiphop/rap

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Sounded pretty samey to me. Best track: All I Need

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I think you need an ear for rap music and I just don't possess it. I struggle to latch onto the lyrics which made this album much of a mystery to me. Easy to admire, difficult to love.

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Kann ich nix mit anfangen.

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Not my type of rap music

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Снова пытаюсь переосмыслить подход к объективности. Вот слушаю я альбом. И вроде не бесит. Можно попробовать даже головой в такт кивать. Некоторые решения в аранжировках кажутся даже интересными и оригинальными. Ну вот, и критики говорят, мол нечто знаковое. Значит, следует согласиться? Но выделил ли я хоть один трек для себя? Нет. Оставил бы я станцию в GTA, если сел в машину и услышал это? Нет. Мог бы я хоть кому-то рекомендовать ознакомиться для интереса? Нет. Возникнет хоть раз мысль переслушать? Нет. Думаю, примерно подобным критериям должен для меня соответствовать альбом, чтобы я ставил "3". Так-то многие альбомы вызывают сопоставимый объём положительных и отрицательных эмоций, становясь проходным середняком. И вроде бы середина - это 2,5, а 2,5 округляется скорее до 3, чем до 2. Но 3 - это уже всё же положительная оценка, "зачёт", а "проходняк" для музыки - это нечто отрицательное. Так что тут итоговая оценка "два без негатива".

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ну и унылый же кал, пиздец. более ниочемных битов не припомню даже. читка тоже унылая. все унылое. просто говнище скучное, кому в голову пришло эту хуйню сюда добавить

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Wu-Tang really is not my thing, and Method Man on his solo effort does not change my opinion one single bit. The production is weak, the rhymes are wack, Method Man sounds half asleep and not a single line or track on here is memorable to me. 2/5.

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2/5 nope

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Not my favorite genre. There are plenty of interesting samples and derivations but ultimately having trouble getting into it

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Well, nothing I will run my legs off to buy.

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Not a favorite. I did not enjoy this album at all.

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-I like the reference to "I Will Survive" in "Release Yo' Delf" -I like the flow in "I Get My Thang In Action" -Literally yesterday I said I looked Method Man's flow on "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," but I didn't really like the flow on most of this. Kinda whack

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Well, it's rap and I generally don't like rap. I guess for rap it's really not the worst. I like the dark, brooding atmosphere of the album and Method Man's rapping voice isn't horrible. But that's still a far cry off from enjoying this album.

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Honestly… disappointed. The beats were really rough. And worse than that, the production and mixing is so inconsistent. I feel like I couldn’t even hear the rapping over the drums on one song, then the next song turns the vocals so far up they drown everything out. The ONLY redeeming factor here is that Meth here is actually pretty talented. He’s got a good flow and some solid wordplay, even if I don’t really care for his style.

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It's likely the mood I was in when I listened to this album, but it was not for me. I think I enjoy the more complex production of 90s rap like in that Tupac album I got a while back as opposed to this which felt pretty stripped back. The lyrics were still pretty good though.

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ganska bra men ganska dåligt

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Some very entertaining songs but overall meh

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I just couldn't get into this one. I was expecting more after Ghostface Killah's Fishscale, which I loved, but I didn't walk away super impressed.

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It seems like hip-hop moved on a long way between 1990 & 1994. This sounds a lot more modern then the early 90s albums on this list. I don't know enough about it too understand if Method Man/Wu Tang pioneered this change. This still didn't really can me though.

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Should stick with Wu-Tang

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I am beginning to notice a trend in the thoughts I have towards the 1990's rap/hip hop albums that I have received on this list so far. I ended up giving all of them (this one, Sex Packets, and Come Find Yourself) a 2 mostly because I just don't connect with them very well. I feel that I don't completely understand the appeal of the genre and cannot appreciate the difference between rappers/styles of rap. There are some rare circumstances where rap will really connect with me, but 'Tical' is unfortunately not one of those cases. Outside of a couple of cool samples here and there as well as consistent performances throughout, there was nothing really distinguishable here which really hurt it for me. All of the beats sound eerily similar to each other, and I didn't find any of the raps overly impressive (better than I can do, but still). If this came out in 1990 or 1991, I feel my thoughts towards it would be a bit more positive as it would have been indicative of the transition into innovative gangster rap going on at the time; however, this came out in 1994 which means a lot of artists were already doing this style before its release (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Method Man's own Wu Tang Clan). If you are a fan of this music overall, I have no doubts that you would enjoy this; however, as someone who doesn't listen to much rap or hip hop, there is not much here for me to comment on. 2/5.

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Ok, con esto he aprendido que hay muuuuchas muchas variantes del rap y hip hop, y sobre todo, que hay unas variantes más oscuras y "hardcore" que me parecen aún más difíciles. Si algo hay de acompañamiento musical, todo es tonos menores y disonancias. Los sampleos de gritos, moscas, cosas difíciles. Por otro lado, rescato que tiene un estilo de rapeo mucho más entendible que al de otros que hablan como retrasados.

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Salvo um par de samples y versos que me parecieron buenos, no encontré la genialidad. Songs: Release Yo'Delf

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not my style

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What the Blood Clot on ihan jees, muuten ei kyl tää HC-puoli räpistä oo mitään ykkössuosikeita. Kiva oli kuunnella levy, mut aika eh fiilis jäi. 2/5

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Too tough

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Meh thod man - fine, but far from exciting or interesting

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The minor key made this a more challenging listen to me. Rap is a genre that I am not predisposed to love, so when I do there is usually something that stands out or is more melody-oriented. I did get a bit of that on my favorite track off this album, “Release Yo’ Delf,” with its musical reference to “I Will Survive” and horn-sounding backing instrument, which lightened things up a bit. It was the most interesting track to me. I am not the audience for this rap album. Not something I enjoyed listening to or will revisit again.

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Not for me. Not today anyway.

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Had ik kunnen missen.

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Dit vind ik dan weer niet heel erg boeiend.

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hadden we dit niet al in allerlei varianten voorbij horen komen?!

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A few good beats, but not my thing. I only really liked the Temptations/Diana Ross re-hash.

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Didn’t like it. I feel so removed from this music that I don’t feel qualified to offer any commentary at all.

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Very boring repetitive beats. Decent transfers between tracks. Sorry method man, not interested.

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Rap raro de cojones

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Some catchy bits but not for me. What's with the piano in a different key?!

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Really not my thing

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Just listened to a bit of the first song. Not for me. Don't get it.

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Black person

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method man's public personna kinda makes you want to like this. but nope. this shit's cringe whack

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Gangster N-word garbage

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meh

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Are you fucking kidding me?! No way.

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Language

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No. This just reinforced my idea that this kind of music is dick-swinging about how cool the vocalist is, whilst never actually contributing a memorable melody or possessing a good voice.

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1.5

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Boring and bland.

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Niet mijn muziek

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I don't like this one either

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Not my sort of thing at all.

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nah

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Too dark for me! I only really listen to upbeat hip hop, and even then it's not my favourite, so I'm not surprised that I didn't enjoy this one. Mary J. Blige came in at the end and saved it a little with 'I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By'.

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This project has helped me to be more open-minded about music and to find stuff I like in genres I'd mostly rejected, such as heavy metal and hip hop. I have found albums I really like and have learned to distinguish between sub-genres. (Hip hop is a really broad category, I've found.) For example, I've learned that I am much more inclined towards West Coast Hip Hop than East Coast. To quote Wikipedia, "In contrast to other styles, East Coast hip hop music has prioritized complex lyrics for attentive listening rather than beats for dancing." I like dancing better. I attentively listened to the lyrics of this album, and other than the occasional Schoolhouse Rock reference, I found them distressing...and maybe not so complex. Violent, destructive lyrics without a whiff of humanity or redemption, accompanied by a complete lack of catchy beats to make you want to move. You can't win them all, and there are reasons I thought I didn't like hip hop. This is exhibit A.

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Bah...

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Met HipHop moet men bij mij van goede huize komen wil het indruk maken. Method Man komt helaas uit een achterstandswijkje...

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Excellent

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