This Sonic Breakdown will cover Method Man’s new album, The Meth Lab. I have listened to Method Man for years, from his first studio album, Tical. To be completely honest, I haven’t listened to anything from him recently. I am interested in hearing what he brings to this album, whether it is going to reminiscent of the old Wu-Tang or provide a new sound. Today’s Breakdown will be presented as a conclusion on the album as a whole.
It is very clear from the beginning of the album that the old Method Man is present while choosing very nostalgic types of productions. This album sonically takes me back to when I first discovered Method Man and Wu-Tang when I was living in Boston, Massachusetts. Even as a young kid, the aggression and energy moved me. That vibe was indicative of how the world felt to me at that time as a young man trying to navigate the feelings of growing up poor on the East Coast, watching people try to elevate their status by any means necessary due to the lack of opportunities available. There are a lot of tracks on this album, making for a rather long listening experience with a plethora of features. Normally, I don’t like tons of features because it takes away from the main artist’s voice or perspective, but I don’t mind it in this case. Many of them are from Wu-Tang veterans that add to the reminiscent feel and is similar in that regard to other albums like Enter the Wu-Tang, Ghostface Killah’s The Purple Tape or Raekwon’s The Red Tape (Wu-Tang fans, if you haven’t already, you should check these albums out). Something that I did notice is that Hanz On is the most featured artist outside of Method Man. Hanz On’s flow matches effortlessly to the vibe created on the album and fits the Wu-Tang persona of being gritty with a smoothness or charisma that Method Man is synonymous for. Another nice thing to make note of is the additions of the instrumentals, which will allow young artists to hear and explore their own skills over nice productions to help elevate the genre. This is a decent album that serves as a reminder of an influential artist and group that has had an impact on hip-hop, at least for me, or fans that miss that Wu-Tang sound.