Known for their sharp and hilarious turns on albums like 1999 collaboration Blackout!, Method Man and Redman have also appeared in deodorant commercials, the stoner cult classic How High and short-lived Fox sitcom Meth & Red. Indelible pop-culture creatures, the rappers' brand-new sequel Blackout! 2 is much better than most people expected. But who's the real headliner?
Best Line on Blackout! 2
Method Man: "I can't deal with fickle minds 'cause I'm too official with mine / Put your nose in my notebook and go and sniff you a line" ("I'm Dope Nigga")
Method Man and Redman
Method Man and Redman With Ghostface, 7 p.m. Friday, August 7, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 or www.hob.com/houston.
Redman: "You can smoke with the bro if you got ass and nice tits / But fuck you with that 'I'm high off of life' shit." ("Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers")
Best Television Performance
Method Man: "Omar had one of them Commando squads with him, man," explains Meth's The Wire character Cheese to his uncle Proposition Joe after his crew was robbed blind. "I mean, he had this one ho pulling guns out her pussy, unc. The shit was unseemly, man."
Redman: His wholly unique Cribs episode begins with Red lying in a sleeping bag on a fold-out bed. We're then treated to his cluttered kitchen, screenless door, dirty laundry strewn about — and a cousin asleep on the floor.
Method Man: When Vibe published an NCAA-style rap bracket earlier this year, it seeded Method Man higher than NYC MC Joe Budden, who took to the radio to announce that he, in fact, was superior. "He been on medication since he was in junior high school," Meth shot back.
Redman: Believes Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle borrowed way too liberally from How High.
Method Man: Though both men like their marijuana, Meth made news in 2007 for the sheer volume of his habit, getting arrested after stopping to pay a toll in Brooklyn. "It was like something out of Cheech & Chong," a witness told New York's Daily News. "He rolls down the window and the smoke would choke a horse."
Redman: "I would like to open a dental hygienist place where niggas — people — could get they teeth cleaned," he said recently. "Even if they don't have insurance, they could still come in. They'd still have to pay, though, but at least they'd have a clean mouth in the hood."
Winner (by split decision): Redman
The 2009 Houston Press Music Awards winners were announced in a lively ceremony last Thursday evening at Warehouse Live. Here's a rundown of the major categories: Best Local CD/LP, Bun B, UGK for Life; Best EP/7-inch, Wild Moccasins, Microscopic Metronomes; Best Local Song, Mechanical Boy, "She Does"; Best New Act, BOLT; Best Songwriter, B L A C K I E; Local Musician of the Year, Little Joe Washington. Congratulations to all. See a complete list of winners and full recap of the night's festivities at blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/hpma.
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1. Twista, Category F5
2. Joe, Signature
3. Lil Flip, Return of Da #1 Fly Boy
4. Maxwell, BLACKsummers' Night
5. Boss Hogg Outlawz, Headed to Da Hood 2K9
6. Swishahouse All-Stars, Under the Influence
7. Paul Taylor, Burnin'
8. Jeremih, Jeremih
9. Michael Jackson, Off the Wall
10. Drake, Drought's Over
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Selections from Bill Bates' July 17 playlist
1. Pro-Pain, "God's Will"
2. High on Fire, "Speedwolf"
3. War Master, "Thrones of Tyranny"
4. Voivod, "Global Warming"
5. Sworn Enemy, "No End to This Nightmare"
6. Pestilence, "Neuro Dissonance"
7. Slayer, "Captor of Sin"
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8. Dark Empire, "Possessed (We Are One)"
9. Judas Priest, "Judas Rising"
10. A.S.R.A., "Pig Squealer"
(lists compiled by Chris Gray)