June 24, 2021

Method Man - Tical 2000: Judgement Day (1998)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Pop Rap
Label Number: 314 558 920-2
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© 1998 Def Jam Records
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Unlike Method Man's straightforward debut, Tical, which was a simple yet brilliant MC/producer collaboration, and a classic one at that, his follow-up, Tical 2000, is an epic undertaking, involving a long list of collaborators and a conceptual scope. In many ways, it's a more interesting album than its predecessor because of its ambitions. There are 28 tracks in total here, most of them featuring some sort of guest, mainly fellow East Coast hardcore rappers like Redman and Mobb Deep but also surprise guests like Chris Rock and Janet Jackson. The 28 tracks furthermore feature an abundance of producers rather than just RZA like last time. Some of the more notable contributors include Rockwilder, Erick Sermon, Prince Paul, Havoc, and the Trackmasters as well as in-house Wu-Tang beatmakers RZA and True Master. This large cast navigates its way through a loose narrative about a so-called Judgement Day that seems to liberally take its inspiration from the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. All of this makes Tical 2000 a daunting venture that is occasionally entertaining (the many skits), intermittently brilliant ("Dangerous Grounds" and the climactic title track), but unfortunately too often ill-conceived (the overly calculated "All I Need" sequel "Break Ups 2 Make Ups," this time featuring D'Angelo rather than Mary J. Blige) and also tiresome (again, the many skits). Rarely have such ambitious undertakings as this worked well for rap artists, and Tical 2000 exemplifies this, as did many of the myriad other epic, often double-disc albums released during the late '90s that were heavy on collaborators but light on consistency.

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