Today, Method Man hits the road to kick off the Smokers Club tour in Philadelphia alongside the likes of Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and more. The tour will run into late November and have the crew hitting up over 30 cities across the United States and Canada (be sure to check Complex for giveaways, recaps, and more from the tour). Although we’re excited to see all of the acts do their thing, there is something special about seeing the M.E.T.H.O.D. Man tear up a stage.
In case you’ve never witnessed it, trust us when we say that the Shaolin representer puts on a good show. Besides being one of the most energetic performers in hip-hop, Tical’s trademark move in recent years has become to jump into the crowd and stand on the hands of fans. Before heading off on tour, we got on the horn with the Sour Patch Kids spokesman and he told us about the mistakes a lot of young rappers make on stage, the reaction he gets when he gets high (on the hands of his fans), and the time he bought weed with Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound.
Interview by Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)
Putting on a good show & mistakes young rappers make
“We put on a good ass fucking show. I would pay to see us. I don’t know what people expect from a show because maybe they don’t get quality shows like that, so they don’t know [how good it can be]. Maybe some of their favorite artists don’t actually know how to perform, so they stand there and wait for a nigga to slip or fall or some shit like that to get a rise out of them. I don’t know.[With young rappers sometimes] a nigga come out there so hype but he’ll blow his whole shit in the first two songs and he’s done after that.
“The era I came from, I was watching Naughty by Nature, Public Enemy, Kid ‘N’ Play, Leaders of the New School, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, and The U.M.C.s. I was watching Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. I was watching them and the energy that they had through the whole show. And fucking KRS-One. I seen KRS-One fucking perform and to this day, I will never perform after KRS-One. You can’t! It’s impossible.
“[With young rappers sometimes] a nigga come out there so hype—I know how the adrenaline feel, I’ve been doing this for a long time—he’ll blow his whole shit in the first two songs and he’s done after that.
“Or they don’t know how to structure a show. They come out there and do their hits first, and next thing you know, it’s all downhill from there. Or a million of they niggas got mics. Niggas is rhyming and you don’t know who the fuck is who. It’s like, ‘I just came to hear ‘Hot Dog Bitch Broads’ and now I’m outta here.’”
On standing on the hands of fans
”[Standing on the hands of fans is] some original shit. Nobody has done unless you at a fucking cheerleading competition. Now I got something that I can claim as just mine. People actually wait for me to do that now. It’s crazy.Nobody has done unless you at a fucking cheerleading competition. Now I got something that I can claim as just mine.
“The first few times I did it, people didn’t really know what the fuck I was doing and I got dropped a lot. But the Internet is a beautiful thing. People YouTube shit like, ‘Method Man Standing on People’s Hands’ and next thing you know, soon as I stand on that bar in front of the crowd and I put the foot up, they grab my shoe.
“I put the other foot up and then I do a little bit of acting. I can actually stand up straight, but I like to make it seem like it’s difficult at first, so by the time you get there, it’s like, ‘Oh! He almost got it! He almost got it!’ Then, when you throw the hands up, it’s like, YEAH!’ and they don’t even know why they cheering that fucking loud but they are like, ‘Alright, he did it!’
“When I do that, I feel like it’s me giving all that energy back to ‘em and make them a part of the show because everybody doesn’t go down there and touch the crowd. Nobody really crosses that barrier to actually [engage with fans]. Well, there’s some dudes that do, some dues that don’t. I’m glad I’m one of the dudes that do.’”
On the time he bought weed with Snoop Dogg
“Anytime Snoop and [The Dogg Pound] would come to the New York, I used to fuck with Snoop and we would get trees and smoke. That’s why I couldn’t understand what all that fucking East Coast/West Coast shit was that niggas was trying to drum up. And when them niggas came with that ‘New York, New York’ record, I didn’t understand that either but whatever.But now, I’ve got Snoop with me and Dread gone open the fucking door and let us in. This is my first time being in the weed spot because I got Big Snoop Dogg with me.
“I remember [me, Snoop, and Tha Dogg Pound] went to Dread’s spot. Dread never open this door for me, ever. You always got to knock, knock, knock, and he would be like [imitates Jamaican accent], ‘How much you want, blood? Put your money through the slot.’ He’d give you your shit through the slot.
“But now, I’ve got Snoop with me and Dread gone open the fucking door and let us in. This is my first time being in the weed spot because I got Big Snoop Dogg with me.
“Long story short, we get in the car and you know, Dread sells that brown. Tha Dogg Pound was on that Chronic shit, they ain’t used to the Brown. And that shit got seeds in it, but it’s good! It’s that Brown!
“We get in the car and go up, and Kurupt is like, ‘Yo dog, this shit got sticks and seeds in it dog.’ [Laughs.] I think Snoop threw him a look and shit like, ‘Nigga, shut the fuck up.’ I don’t know, maybe I was seeing shit. I was the nigga driving so whatever. I just know that he rolled with that one. I don’t know if he thought the weed was good, but that was the pop around the way. That was the shit.”