This fine Friday, let’s look back at a couple of collaboration albums that stand the test of time.
The homie Charles Clark remembers one of rap’s best duos.
Method Man & Redman, Blackout! (1999)
Charles said: “This was the first CD that truly immersed me in Meth and Red. I was introduced to it by a friend before heading to MEPS (military processing) and in turn introduced it to the British coworkers when I got stationed in England. My friend Colin, a 54-year-old British national, and I were bobbing our heads to it while he was teaching me how to drive a Ton and a Half. Colin said: “This Method fellow is a real hard b*tch, isn’t he?” “How High” was my anthem when I was playing in Pool Halls in South Korea.”
Nas & Damian Marley, Distant Relatives (2010)
I certainly had my reservations about this album. I’m not a huge reggae fan (I usually prefer the radio-friendly Beenie Man-ish stuff) and I questioned how well Nas would be able to gel with Damain. Never doubt Nas Escobar. This was a fantastic album, using street smarts to fuel social commentary over infectious riddims. In light of the events in Ferguson, Mo., it’s definitely worth revisiting today.
Now, it’s your turn. Email firstname.lastname@example.org hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.