25. Tical, Method Man
Tical is sort of an enigma amongst the legendary first wave of Wu-Tang solo albums. It was the first album that RZA crafted after 36 Chambers, seeing how Method Man had been anointed the early breakout star. It had two hit singles, including “Bring The Pain” and “All I Need,” but the latter really exploded with the help of Puff Daddy’s Trackmasters remix, complete with Mary J. Blige vocals. Wu-Tang and Puff? Sounds like oil and water.
It’s hard to believe, but Tical was almost too dark, muddled in low end without any of the “wow” moments that subsequent Raekwon, GZA, and Ghostface albums had. RZA even admitted he didn’t like how 36 Chambers and Tical were mixed by “established engineers” he was working with in Manhattan. Yet despite all that, Michael Gonzales was right—Tical gets deeper every time you listen to it. It’s headphone music that travels your zooted mind waves and then melts like fudge.