Clifford Smith has become somewhat of an icon in the Hip-Hop community during the course of his career. He has starred in many films such as "Belly" and the unforgettable "How High" with his brother from another, Redman.
Method Man was first introduced to the masses as a member of the Wu-Tang clan, a massive group of fierce lyricists with many different styles of poetic form. Method Man was the first from the super group, Wu-Tang Clan" to drop a solo album called Tical.
This album Tical, was an instant classic in itself, but it's predecessor Enter The 36 Chambers gave
birth to one of the illest songs ever, "M.E.T.H.O.D MAN".
From the first stroke of Rza's demented piano key to Meth's first word, you were hooked in deep. Method Man's gritty gruff voice captivates your attention, as he demonstrates the definition of a true MC. The rugged and raw delivery that Meth utilized to paint his intro was brash, blunt and in your face 100% on full blast. He didn't waste anytime letting you know why he's called the Method Man, freak a sales pitch, he just gets to the grits and bacon.
"Not an average joe with an average flow, doing average things with the average ho3"
-Method Man(M.E.T.H.O.D MAN)
Meth, you are far from average and your flow is legendary, I'm sure all Unhinged fans of hiphop will testify to the same fact. "M.E.T.H.O.D MAN" signified a change in the definition of what's hip hop and what's just beats and words. The song's content is bursting with wild flavorful lines that trace the essence of Method Man, but also give you insight into the psyche of Wu-Tang. One thing we can all say about Wu-Tang is that some of their lyrics just fly right over the top of your head, even after the first 2-3 listens, but you can gradually absorb if your ready to receive.
It's hard not to infuse Meth's Wu brethren when speaking about the level of skill that Smith has brought to the rap community. In any number of songs, it's easy to hear gems from Ghostface or Raekwon laced throughout some of Meth's earliest recordings. But, even with all of the other talented flame throwers in the Wu-Tang camp, Meth's distinct sound and style stands on it's own two. A lot of new up-and-coming rappers can learn from Method Man and his music, one thing about Meth is that he doesn't sound like anybody else. Too many rappers now an days try to sound like the next "Lil Wayne" or "Drake" and find themselves quickly drowned in the surf.
I have to tell you that writing this particular review was like peeling an onion, it has layer upon layer upon layer. I imagine I could write a whole series on each member of the Wu, as well as, a review on the group as a whole, but their stories are as interlaced as a Redwood's roots. Now, if you would like to read more about Method Man and the Wu-Tang Clan, post a comment and if there are enough request we shall go deeper into the 36 chambers.
Play the video below to hear one of the best declarations in the world of hip hop. Cheers!