Method Man Gives Props To L.L.

One of the fall's most anticipated albums is the collaboration between rappers Method Man and Redman, "Blackout." The album is shaping up to be an effort that includes some of Def Jam Records' finest talent from the label's decade-plus history.

The album is being co-executive produced by long-time Def Jam artist/producer Erick Sermon of EPMD (along with Meth's Wu-Tang mate RZA), and L.L. Cool J, arguably the label's biggest star, guests on a track called "Four Seasons."

That track sees L.L. returning the favor to Meth and Red, both of whom dropped verses on the remix of L.L.'s "4,3,2,1" (the original version of that track is from his 1997 "Phenomenon" album).

Meth spoke to MTV's Chris Connelly about working with L.L. "As far as longevity, he showin' and provin'," Method began. "He been around a long time and he stayed on point all these years. And the reason why he's my dog now, is because he came to that studio, sat there and wrote his rhyme in that studio,

and it's a thorough dart. That's love right there."

"Blackout" is due in stores on September 28.

-- John Gill