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Review: Method & Red Episode 1 – Pilot

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Original Air Date: June 16, 2004

As I had stated on my preview piece on this show, which was also a bit of an editorial, I had planned on reviewing episodes of this sitcom. I was lucky to see that I was able to find some episodes online because no DVD exists for this. I don’t need to get into anything about the show because I had already covered that in my preview story. Let’s just get to the episode now.

So the episode starts off with Nancy, the realtor and antagonist of the show, showing a family about a house she is trying to sell. The family is all ready and willing to buy the house, until a lot of cars pull up to a house in the neighborhood for a party, and who would happen to host that party? Why Method Man and Redman, of course! It was enough to drive the family away and Nancy out of a sale.

The whole plot of the episode is that Nancy wants them evicted, and when Method Man and Redman catch wind of that, they want to be accepted in the neighborhood by catering to fellow neighbors. Some of the things that I had noticed is that it plays the cliche stereotype that because they live in a predominantly white neighborhood, they intimidate the neighbors despite them trying to get on their good graces. However, they do reach out to a few who are willing to give them a chance. Redman meets a rather odd individual who needed help with “getting his dad out of the bathtub,” while Meth reaches out to Bill and Skyler, Nancy’s husband and son, respectively. Unlike Nancy, Bill and Skyler take to Meth a lot better and are a lot more accepting of he and Redman living in the neighborhood, especially with Skyler being a fan of the two rappers.

Although I pointed out how the laugh track was an awkward to the show, I have noticed how goofy this show was in hindsight. I mean it’s no different than their movie, “How High,” in terms of tone, although it is less vulgar than that movie. I chuckled here and there with the over-the-top elements of how rich people live, with a TV monitor in various parts of the house like in a refrigerator and in a kitchen drawer.

However, some of the stereotypical humor was a bit much, like how some white people initially thought that Method Man was going to assault them when he wanted to deliver a fruitcake in order to reach out to them. I am not sure if it was a jab at class issues or racial issues, because in one scene Meth tried reaching out to black people in the neighborhood. Aside from that, I just thought it could be much worse.

Looking back on this episode, it really wasn’t terrible. Some parts got a chuckle out of me and I have seen more unfunny stuff than this. Was it good? No, but it certainly was not bad, either.

Stay tuned for my piece on episode 2, which I will do soon.

Preview and editorial: Method and Red TV series

Review: Method & Red Episode 2 – The Article

Review: Method & Red Episode 3 – Well Well Well

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My take on Watch The Stove.

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When I heard about this, I wondered “What the hell is this?!” I saw the cover art on my Twitter feed around the time it came out and saw that the cover art reminded me of the cover to “Watch The Throne” from Kanye West and Jay-Z. I was not sure if it was a real album or just fan-made artwork until I found out that it was a mixtape that was put together. The idea of Hamburger Helper putting out a mixtape and having recording artists rapping and/or singing about its food seemed really odd to me, and then I read that it was the point. Sources have said that it was an April Fools joke and that it was meant to be funny. The truth about this mixtape is that it was no joke. What really matters is the quality of the production and the lyrics, no matter what the subject matter is.

In a lot of ways I feel that I should have written about this around the time it came out. Oh well, better late than never, right?

The song “Feed The Streets” has a sick beat to it and the lyrics talk about cooking food and beef with lean. Never would I have thought that raps about cooking food would sound interesting.

“In Love With The Glove” was a rather mellow song and it reminded me of some stuff that Drake had done when he sang on his songs. The guy who sang actually has a good voice. The funny thing about this song is that if you don’t listen to the lyrics, you won’t realize that he sang about food.

I have to say that the song “Food For Your Soul” has the feel of a mellow rap song similar to songs from Talib Kweli or A Tribe Called Quest. The guy who rapped on the track has a decent flow and he just straight rapped one whole verse in this song. Plus, the song is a little different as it isn’t about exactly about the food you eat, but it rather stuff to learn. Hence its title.

When I listened to “Hamburger Helper,” it reminded me of some songs from T.I., and I am unsure if that is what the people involved went for, but it was one of the best tracks that I heard on this mixtape. However, I can’t say the same thing about “Crazy,” which for the majority of it drove me, well, crazy. Not a terrible song, but it was a little repetitive at first until the second half of it.

Never would I have thought that a rap mixtape that Hamburger Helper released would have actually been solid. I mean, sure, the subject matter on most of the songs was odd, but if you listened to it, the topics can be looked past and you can still bump to the music. Was it the greatest thing I have ever heard? No, but it’s far from the worst. In fact, it wasn’t bad at all. I recommend you check this out. You have to hear it to believe it.

If you want to hear it, check it out here. Peace!

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