David Strickland; Lou Savage; Erick Sermon; Justin Rossi; Anthony Acid; Reggie Noble
Bink!; DJ Scratch; Nasty Kutt; Erick Sermon; Havoc; Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth; Reggie Noble; Rockwilder; Ty Fyffe; Vinny Idol; Buck Wild
Def Jam (USA)
Number of Discs
57m : 45s
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: David "Gordo" Strickland; Gimel "Young Guru" Katon.
Recording information: Gilla Studios, New York, NY; IDAP Studios, Oslo, Norway; Music Factory Recording Studio, Hempstead, NY; Starks Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Craig Wetherby.
Arranger: Reggie Noble.
In the decade that separates the original BLACKOUT! and the follow-up, hip-hop as we know it went through a few mutations while Meth and Red have largely stuck to their guns. Longtime fans will be pleased by the same tag-team rhyme chemistry (built on wise-ass pop-culture references, aggressive verbal quips, and a thriving reefer obsession), strong guest spots (from Wu and Def Squad affiliates) and hard-knock East Coast production (thanks to returning producers Erick Sermon, Rockwilder, DJ Scratch, and Mathematics). Still the Blunt Bros aren't impervious to industry trends; Dirty South influences have crept in (see the H-Town flavored "City Lights" featuring Bun B), the vocoder talk-box is utilized on occasion, and both MCs are prone to over-pronouncing their R's in country-bumpkin fashion. One listen to the wicked weed anthem, "Diz iz 4 All My Smokers," should put any doubts as to Meth and Red's continued compatibility to rest. Overall, BLACKOUT! 2 is a potent blend of hardcore and commercial that, in many ways, outshines the original.
Spin (p.90) - "The pair bring class-clown attitude and drop amusing references to Atari, Herbie Hancock, and the Funky Four Plus One....As a revival, it's a welcome blast."
Entertainment Weekly (p.57) - "They trade pop culture jokes and sly bluster over sturdy boom-bap beats as if East Coast rap's late-'90s renaissance never ended." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.29) - "[T]his dynamic duo comes off as vital as it has in a decade on the highly anticipated sequel to the pair's1999 collaborative debut, BLACKOUT!"
XXL (Magazine) (pp.95-96) - "The production is comfortably rugged throughout....All executed with the veterans' fluid pass-the-mic chemistry."
I'm Dope Ni**a
A-Yo - (featuring Saukrates)
Errbody Scream - (featuring Keith Murray)
City Lights - (featuring Bun B)
Mrs. International (Skit) - (featuring Tanisha Green/Michelle Pinckney/Saukrates)
Mrs. International - (featuring Erick Sermon)
How Bout Dat - (featuring Ready Roc/Streetlife)
Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers
Lock Down (Skit) - (featuring DJ Kayslay/C.O Ellis/Ready Roc/Reggie Noble)
Four Minutes To Lock Down - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Raekwon)