"The Meth Lab II: The Lithium"
BOTTOM LINE A wild visit into the mind of Method Man
The concept of the hip-hop album has changed thanks to the advent of streaming. Because hip-hop fans are more likely to just listen to singles repeatedly rather than listening to an album in its entirety, albums have much more filler than they used to.
However, Method Man is immune to that line of thinking. And his new album, “The Meth Lab II: The Lithium” (Hanz On Music Entertainment/ONErpm), is a throwback to the days when hip-hop albums were meant to be heard from start to finish, complete with strong songs and skits to tie them together. Method Man doesn’t skimp on anything, drafting fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Redman to appear and Snoop Dogg for the masterful “Eastside,” and the Impractical Jokers for some of the skits.
But Method Man is definitely self-sufficient and his stunning flow on “Gran Prix” proves it, as he rhymes, “Baby mama drama, tryna act like she Madonna, like a virgin, but I'm certain that this person a piranha, man eater, Jeffrey Dahmer.”
He makes it sound easy, but “The Lithium” actually runs circles around most new rappers’ concepts these days.