(From: Wikipedia:Method Man)
Method Man (born Clifford Smith, April 1, 1971 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York) is an East Coast rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan, also known for acting and frequent collaborations with Redman (not a Wu-Tang member).
Method Man spent a childhood split between separated parents in Long Island and Staten Island, and in an apparent precursor to his career in hip hop was introduced both to playing drums and to poetry by his uncle. Not only was Method interested in music, he was also fascinated by comic books and particularly Ghost Rider, a fascination which manifested itself years later in several of his many rap aliases. His pre-hip hop adult life was mostly split between drug dealing and low-paid jobs (including a stint working at the Statue Of Liberty, along with future Wu-Tang colleague U-God). After becoming well known on the streets for his rhyming abilities, he joined with 8 friends to form the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s.
Since the Wu-Tang Clan's ascendancy to hip hop stardom, Method Man has always been one of the most visible members of the collective. He was one of only two of the group to get a solo song on the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers and he was the first to release a solo album under the Clan's unusual contract which allows its members to release albums under any record label (Method chose to sign with legendary rap label Def Jam). Method Man's solo debut, Tical (1994) was critically acclaimed and extremely popular, entering the American charts at #4 and eventually selling in excess of one million copies. He soon collaborated with Mary J. Blige and Redman with a series of hit singles, one of which (the Blige duet "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need") won a Grammy, before recording the second Wu-Tang album, Wu-Tang Forever. His second solo album was Tical 2000: Judgement Day (1998), which was heavily influenced by the apocalypse theories surrounding the forthcoming end of the millennium, and which featured a vast amount of guest appearances, from his fellow Clansmen to Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, D'Angelo, Chris Rock, Mobb Deep, Redman and even Donald Trump. The album sold even better than his first, though reviews were mixed and its long running time and the abundance of between-song comedy skits were criticised by many. Method Man then toured with Jay-Z and recorded Blackout! with Redman, a light-hearted, fun record with an EPMD-evoking emphasis on funky beats and the mischievous wit and cool flows of the two MCs.
Acting career and recent history
In the twenty-first century, Method Man forged a successful career in acting. As well as his 1998 appearance in the film Belly along with fellow rappers Nas and DMX, Method has also appeared in Oz, How High (a stoner film with Redman), The Wire, Garden State and Soul Plane, while continuing to record with the Wu-Tang Clan. He also co-starred with Redman in his own Fox sitcom called Method & Red, however after only a short time on the air the show was put on hiatus and never returned. Method Man later complained in the press about Fox's influence on the show's style, claiming that "there's been too much compromise on our side and not enough on their side" and bemoaning the network's decision to add a laugh track. In 2004, he released his third album, Tical 0: The Prequel, which spawned a successful single in "What's Happenin" with Busta Rhymes, but was poorly received both by critics and fans. There was trouble even before the album's release when Method apparently complained to the press about excessive interference from Def Jam over the album's beats (Meth supposedly desired more input from Wu-Tang leader RZA). On its release, many fans and critics were taken aback by its strong "mainstream" or "commercial" sound, highlighted by the guest appearances of pop-rap stars of the time Missy Elliot, P. Diddy and Ludacris. However, the album sold reasonably well. There was good news in early 2005 for fans who were disappointed at the producer credits for The Prequel as Method Man announced that a new RZA-produced album would be released later in the year.
- Johnny Blaze (from the comic Ghost Rider)
- Methtical (Meth-tical)
- MZA ("The Mizza")
- The Panty Raider
- Ticallion Stallion
- Hot Nixon
- John-John McLane
- John-John Blaizini
- Johnny Dangerous
- The Ghost Rider (from the comic Ghost Rider)
- Long John Silver
- Iron Lung
- Hot Nikkels
- Big John Stud
Singles & EPs
- 1994 "Bring The Pain"
- 1995 "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need" (with Mary J. Blige)
- 1995 "Release Yo' Delf"
- 1998 "Break Ups 2 Make Ups"
- 1998 "Judgement Day"'
- 1998 "Grand Finale" (with DMX, Nas & Ja Rule)
- 1999 "Tear It Off" (Method Man & Redman)
- 1999 "Da Rockwilder" (Method Man & Redman)
- 1999 "Y.O.U." (Methd Man & Redman)
- 2004 "What's Happenin" (with Busta Rhymes)
- 2005 "The Show"
- 1993 Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
- 1995 Dirty Dancin (from the Ol' Dirty Bastard album Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version)
- 1995 Wu-Gambinos & Ice Cream (from the Raekwon album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)
- 1995 Living In The World Today, Shadowboxin & Gold (from the GZA album Liquid Swords)
- 1996 Box In Hand (from the Ghostface Killah album Ironman)
- 1996 Box In Hand (Remix) (Ghostface Killah single)
- 1997 Wu-Tang Forever (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
- 1998 Milk The Cow, Supa Ninjaz & Dart Throwing (from the Cappadonna album The Pillage)
- 1998 Well All Rite Cha (from the Redman album Doc's Da Name 2000)
- 1999 Next Up & Collaboration 98 (from the Sunz Of Man album The Last Shall Be First)
- 1999 Rumble (from the U-God album The Golden Arms Redemption)
- 1999 Am I My Brother's Keeper (from the Shyheim album Manchild)
- 1999 Fuck Them (from the Raekwon album Immobilarity)
- 1999 Stringplay (from the GZA album Beneath The Surface)
- 1999 Half Man Half Amazin (from the Pete Rock album Soul Survivor)
- 1999 NYC Everything (from the RZA album Bobby Digital In Stereo)
- 1999 Simon Says (Remix) (from the Pharoahe Monch album Internal Affairs)
- 2000 Buck 50 (from the Ghostface Killah album Supreme Clientele)
- 2000 The W (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
- 2001 La Rhumba & Glocko Pop (from the RZA album Digital Bullet)
- 2001 Iron Flag (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
- 2003 Respect Mine (from the Mathematics album Love, Hell Or Right)
- 2003 We Pop (Remix) (RZA single)
- 2003 Ice Cream Part 2 (from the Raekwon album Lex Diamonds Story)
- 2004 Secret Rivals (from the Masta Killa album No Said Date)
- 2004 Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1 (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
- 2005 Intoxicated (from the Ol' Dirty Bastard album A Son Unique)