Method Man Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

2Pac f/ Tha Dogg Pound, Method Man, & Redman “Got My Mind Made Up” (1996)

Producer: Daz Dillinger

Album: All Eyez On Me

Label: Death Row/Interscope

Method Man: “I was out in Cali, Daz and them came and picked a nigga up. We went over Daz’s house. That was like my third time there. Those were my niggas so we used to hang. Daz throws on the record and I remember Rage was there. We were all rhyming on it. He went first, then Rage went, then Kurupt, then me, then Red, then Inspectah Deck.

“Then Pac comes home. I hadn’t heard anything about the record, but I had done so many different records with so many different niggas and I never really heard anything. Pac comes home and All Eyez On Meis being recorded. I’m listening to the radio, and it comes on the radio. So I’m like, ‘Oh shit.’ I’m listening to it and I hear Pac.

 

What I would have liked was a phone call personally from Pac. That would have felt a whole hell of a lot better, because then it would have really felt like I did this record with him. I met him after that though, and he was cool. I never even got a plaque for that shit.

 

“I was like, ‘Pac jacked the song I did with Dogg Pound.’ Then I hear Kurupt’s verse and I’m like, “Okay, they gave Pac the record. That’s what’s up.’ Then I hear my verse and I’m like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute.’ Then I hear Red’s verse and I’m waiting to hear Deck’s verse. I’m like, ‘Yo, Deck killed this shit. What the fuck is going on?’

“But those are my niggas. Being a real nigga, I know how shit goes. Like ‘California Love,’ that was a great record. I knew Pac came home and they just threw everything at Pac like, ‘Yeah, you can have that shit.’ So I respected that right there.

“What I would have liked to have had was a phone call personally from that man. That would have felt a whole hell of a lot better, because then it would have really felt like I did this record with him. I met him after that though, and he was cool.

“I never even got a plaque for that shit. Me and Pac never even discussed it. [Laughs.] That was something I did on the strength of my love for Dogg Pound, because those were my niggas. I was like, ‘Fuck a verse. That don’t mean shit right now. Nigga, you can have that. We peoples.’”

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