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After spending the past several years immersed in film roles and guest spots on other artist's material, Method Man returns to his own music next month with "Tical 0: The Prequel." Due May 18 via Def Jam, the album is Meth's first solo set since 1998's "Tical 2000: Judgement Day," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on The Billboard 200.
The new album is overflowing with guest stars, including longtime colleague Redman, who appears with Snoop Dogg on "We Some Dogs." Meth's Wu-Tang Clan cohorts Ol' Dirty Bastard and Ghostface Killah lend a hand on "Ain't a Damn Thing Changed" and "The Afterparty," respectively. RZA produced the track "The Turn" featuring Raekwon.
The 18-track "Prequel" is rounded out by the P. Diddy-produced "Say What" featuring Missy Elliott, first single "What's Happenin" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Rodeo" featuring Ludacris, and "Baby Come On" featuring Kardinal Offishal.
Method Man was most recently on the charts with a guest appearance on the Mary J. Blige single "Love at First Sight," which reached No. 10 last July on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Method Man and Redman have been tapped to star in their own Fox comedy series, "Method & Red." The artists will portray rappers who move to an affluent, predominantly white community in New Jersey but have their new lives upended when Method Man's mother moves in with them. The show is expected to debut this summer.