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Profile of Method Man on Famous Like Me

Name: Method Man  
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Date of Birth: 1st April 1971
Place of Birth: Staten Island, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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Method Man (born Clifford Smith, April 1, 1971 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York) is an African American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He is also well-known for his work both as a solo artist and with frequent collaborator Redman, as well as for recent forays into acting.


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 father. 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, 1994 in music) 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, 1998 in music), 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 187, 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.


  • Meth
  • Johnny Blaze (from the comic Ghost Rider)
  • Methtical (Meth-tical)
  • Mef
  • MZA ("The Mizza")
  • Shakwon
  • The Panty Raider
  • Tical
  • 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


  • Download sample of "Sub Crazy" from Tical



  • 1994 Tical
  • 1998 Tical 2000: Judgement Day
  • 1999 Blackout! (with Redman)
  • 2004 Tical 0: The Prequel

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"

Appears On

  • 1993 Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
  • 1994 "The What" (from the The Notorious B.I.G. album Ready to Die)
  • 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)
  • 1996 "Got My Mind Made Up" (from the 2Pac album All Eyez On Me)
  • 1996 "Do What Ya Feel" (from the Redman album Muddy Waters)
  • 1996 "Extortion" (from the Mobb Deep album Hell On Earth)
  • 1996 "Hit 'Em High" (from the Space Jam soundtrack)
  • 1997 Wu-Tang Forever (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
  • 1997 "Milk The Cow", "Supa Ninjaz" & "Dart Throwing" (from the Cappadonna album The Pillage)
  • 1997 "Next Up" & "Collaboration 98" (from the Sunz Of Man album The Last Shall Be First)
  • 1997 "4,3,2,1" (from the LL Cool J album Phenonemon)
  • 1998 "Well All Rite Cha" (from the Redman album Doc's Da Name 2000)
  • 1998 "Pussy Pop" (from the Xzibit album 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz)
  • 1998 "The Worst" (from the Onyx album Shut 'Em Down)
  • 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 "Left & Right" (from the D'Angelo album Voodoo)
  • 1999 "Stringplay" (from the GZA album Beneath The Surface)
  • 1999 "N 2 Gether Now" (from the Limp Bizkit album Significant Other)
  • 1999 "Half Man Half Amazin" (from the Pete Rock album Soul Survivor)
  • 1999 "Three Amigos (If It's On)" (from the Popa Wu album Visions Of The Tenth Chamber)
  • 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 "Fuhgidabowdit" (from the LL Cool J album G.O.A.T.)
  • 2000 "Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)" (from the Limp Bizkit album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water)
  • 2000 The W (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
  • 2001 "La Rhumba" & "Glocko Pop" (from the RZA album Digital Bullet)
  • 2001 "Enjoy Da Ride" (from the Redman album Malpractice)
  • 2001 "Dog In Heat" (from the Missy Elliott album Miss E...So Addictive)
  • 2001 Iron Flag (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
  • 2001 "Red Meth And Bee" (from the Cypress Hill album Stoned Raiders)
  • 2002 "Flowers" (from the Ghostface Killah album Bulletproof Wallets)
  • 2003 "Respect Mine" (from the Mathematics album Love, Hell Or Right)
  • 2003 "We Pop (Remix)" (RZA single)
  • 2003 "Bring The Pain" (from the Missy Elliott album This Is Not A Test!)
  • 2003 "Ice Cream Part 2" (from the Raekwon album Lex Diamonds Story)
  • 2003 "Noble Art" (from the IAM album Revoir Un Printemps)
  • 2003 "Rock 'N' Roll" (from the Naughty By Nature album Icons)
  • 2004 "Secret Rivals" (from the Masta Killa album No Said Date)
  • 2004 "The Drummer" (from the Theodore Unit album 718)
  • 2004 "Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1 (album by the Wu-Tang Clan)
  • 2005 "Head Rush", "John 3:16" & "Spot Lite" (from the Mathematics album The Problem)
  • 2005 "All My Niggas", "Shoot On Sight (S.O.S.)" & "Street Education" (from the Streetlife album Street Education)
  • 2005 "High Rollers" (from the Proof album Searching for Jerry Garcia)

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