In Hip Hop History Today “Method Man released Tical” November 15, 1994
Tical is the debut solo album from rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man, released November 15, 1994, on Def Jam Records. It was the first Wu-Tang solo album released after the group’s debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Similar to all first generation solo Wu-Tang projects, Tical was mainly produced by group member RZA, who provided a dark, murky and rugged sound. The album features guest appearances from RZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, as well as several affiliates who would later appear on future group projects. The album’s title “Tical” is a slang term for a blunt that has been laced with an adulterant, typically a sweetener or another psychoactive substance. The album title is also a play on the word “methodical”. Tical was a commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. On January 18, 1995, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and on July 13, 1995, it was certified platinum after sales of one million copies. This success was driven by its two singles, “Bring the Pain” and “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By”. The album has since been hailed by several music critics as a classic hip hop album. Its success is matched by it’s influence as a major piece in the East coast hip hop renaissance. Listen to Tical above.