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Method Man and Redman: O2 Forum Kentish Town 22/4/16

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It’s fair to say that Method Man and Redman have high expectations of their audience - with one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums under their belt, they’re in a position to be discerning. And so it proved as they appeared at Kentish Town Forum in front of a sold out crowd.

The pair, although both heavyweights in their own right, have always had a chemistry together. Their "Blackout!" album boasted some of the most recognisable hip-hop tracks of the 90s and was one of the definitive party records of the decade.

As the pair emerged onstage, most of the front few rows were instantly soaked by Mef hurling glasses of water at them.

“I don’t want to see anyone filming,” he said. “We’re here to party.”
That told them!

It was a scene that was repeated throughout, and yet didn’t seem to deter many in the crowd who wanted to capture the high-energy performance.

Both Mef and Red are well drilled, dancing in sync and blending in perfectly as they delivered hits including “Blackout”, “Fire Ina Hole” and “How High”.

Method Man – unsurprisingly - led the crowd through a version of Wu-Tang Clan hit "Method Man", and also “Bring Tha Pain” from his “Tical” album.

There was no drop in energy levels as the pair danced, rapped and shouted their way through a 90-minute set.

“If you’re feeling tired, go to the back,” Redman instructed.

“I want to see a mosh pit at the front.”

And the audience delivered as the relentless and fun performance lost none of its spark and charm. There could be more to come... Redman revealed that the pair are working on new material, with a “Blackout! 3” album on its way.

It may be the best part of 20 years since the two started recording together, but the performance in London is ground for optimism about their future.
Words Dave Burke

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