Catching a charismatic pair of rappers at both of their commercial and creative primes, Redman & Method Man's 1999 Blackout! was a great, spontaneous-feeling record. It sounded like they went into a vocal booth with a sack of weed and knocked out 19 songs in a single session. Ten years later, when they announced they were doing a sequel, we were more excited, in hindsight, than we should have been.
It's not easy to recreate a moment from the past. Technically speaking, there was nothing missing from Red and Meth's rhyme books, and the beats on Blackout 2! were largely on point, but the album just... sagged. Sure, there are examples of rappers successfully pulling off a part 2—Raekwon's Only Built for Cuban Linx 2 comes to mind. But as surprisingly strong as that record is, it can't hold a patch to its namesake. Sometimes it's better to leave the past in the past.