Flashback Friday: Method Man & Redman and Nas & Damian Marley

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.”

Also check out:
“Da Rockwilder”

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.

Also check out:
“Africa Must Wake Up” featuring K’naan
Soul In Stereo’s Distant Relatives album review

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  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.


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