Method Man will drop his first solo LP in nine years, The Meth Lab, on August 21st via Hanz On Music/Tommy Boy Records. The follow-up to 2006’s 4:21… The Day After sees the Wu-Tang Clan member reaching out to his fellow Staten Island MCs for a guest-heavy effort that explores the rich depth of his New York home over 19 banging tracks.
Following the menacing vibes of the title track, The Iron Lung returns with the album’s latest single, “Straight Gutta”. And of course, he’s not alone. Hanz On and Streetlife return for another round, and they’re joined by none other than Method Man’s longtime tag-team partner, Redman.
Over a classic hip-hop beat with an easy neck-moving rhythm and glitched out backing vocals, the quartet of SI’s finest trade vicious verses. Streetlife opens with a steady, confident flow as he asserts his place on the street: “When I walk they salute, when I talk they all listen/ You acting the part like you in an audition.” Next up, Hanz spits furious bars that will make you duck for cover, while Redman handles the hook: “Word on the street, these boys get butter/ Fuck with me nigga, cause this straight gutta.”
Of course, you don’t top Meth on his own track, and though he may say the fewest words, he makes the most of them. In just a handful of lines, he manages to sneak in references to Lil’ Jon, Wyclef Jean, and Cypress Hill, while still delivering the warning that this crew is not to be trifled with: “I and my gorillas, they gonna fry ’em up for dinner.”
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Pre-orders for The Meth Lab kick off tomorrow, July 17th, right here.