Method Man Carries The Wu-Tang Flag Solo & Waves It Proudly In A New Video
On 1993’s classic debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), if one Killa Bee received an isolated look, it was Method Man. At one point, the LP breaks to shine a light on one of the nine members of the crew. The movement fits the album but was rather unique. “Method Man” came as a video single, and showed the Staten Island MC displaying a litany of styles that would give way to his Tical debut one year later. Meth was whimsically cartoonish with his delivery, but deadpan in his intent. He was likable yet menacing and commanded the attention in an otherwise crowded house. Even though he recently revealed that O.D.B. was intended to be the first Wu soloist, Iron Lung was a defined focal point in RZA’s science.
Twenty-five years later, Meth’ is still front and center. He recently told Ambrosia For Heads about rolling up his sleeves and taking charge on the just-released The Saga Continues. The accomplished MC and actor handles a bulk of the vocal duties and shows that even while it has been more than a decade since there was a solo Method Man album, he’s still a fierce swordsman with the mic. Wu releases a two-in-one video for “If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation)” (with “Hood Go Bang” in the middle). Both are Method Man on full solo display. Redman appears on the LP version of “Hood Go Bang,” but is not in this consolidated version. Funk Doc did appear in first visual, “People Say.”
The New Yorker appears in several locations around his city, with the Clan (including Raekwon, Masta Killa and Cappadonna), and album producer DJ Mathematics. M-E-T-H shows the love he has for his unit, especially his mix-master and producer in this. The verses are nimble, with Meth’ spitting: “Hands on ’em / We Wild Style, with the cans on ’em / Then come defeat, that’s my beliefs, and I stand on ’em / Give you the beats, no Doc’ Dre or brands on ’em / So man, warn ’em / These verses hot, and the fans want ’em.” The talk around this 36 Chambers, LLC project confirms this.
In both song visuals, Method Man shows that even as a Hollywood star, he fits in any environment. He is about the people and rhymes with the same aesthetic and hunger that he gave that ’93 LP.
#BonusBeat: Recently, AFH spoke with DJ Mathematics in Los Angeles, California for LAST 7. He explained creating this album in the image of RZA’s work on Wu’s debut, as well as another classic from Dr. Dre: