4. Method Man f/ Streetlife "All I Need" (1994) / Method Man f/ Mary J. Blige "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By (Puff Daddy Mix)" (1995)
Producer: RZA/Puff Daddy
Album: Tical/"I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" 12" Single/CD Single
Label: Def Jam/Def Jam
Method Man f/ Streetlife "All I Need"
Method Man f/ Mary J. Blige "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By (Puff Daddy Mix)"
Method Man's endearing ode to his girl has a hook that does a great job of toeing the line so that it appealed to both females ("You're all that I need, I'll be there for you...") and males ("On top of that you got the good Power U"). Figuring out what Power U means is something you can sorta guess. While predecessors like LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane alienated part of their fan base by catering too much to the ladies, Meth managed to keep the balance. "Back when I was nothin'/You made a brother feel like he was somethin'" were never far from macho sentiments like "Never ever give my pussy away and keep it tight, aight."
It also helped that RZA's track sounds like a deranged video game and not some sappy tune. The pumped-up Diddy remix was like a brand-new song. Gone was Streetlife's chorus, replaced by Mary J. Blige's presence, which elevated this keep-it-real joint to royal R&B status. Throwing in Biggie's "Lie together, cry together, I swear to God I hope we fuckin' die together" from "Me & My Bitch" gave the remix a touch of gangster.