Method Man Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Cappadonna f/ Method Man “Milk The Cow” (1998)

Producer: True Master

Album: The Pillage

Label: Razor Sharp

Method Man: “Cap really taught me how to flow and rhyme. The first rhyme I wrote, me and Raekwon wrote, called ‘I’m On A Mission,’ and that was actually just to show Cap so I could get down with their crew the Get Busy Crew. Cap put me down. [Laughs.]

“I was a little wack back then. I was still using my real name, Cliff. I was biting LL all day. Me and Cap got mad cool. I used to hang around him every day. Niggas used to do their routines in the staircase, just killing it. Listening to them is what made my pen sharper.

 

I was a little wack back then. I was still using my real name, Cliff. I was biting LL all day. Me and Cap got mad cool. I used to hang around him every day. Niggas used to do their routines in the staircase, just killing it. Listening to them is what made my pen sharper.

 

“Chef would only write every now and then, so you would get the same rhyme out of Chef for like three months. It was always hot the way he did it because he had this cadence and his voice was always fly. Come to find out, the rhymes he was saying were Cappa’s. [Laughs.] So when Cap came around I got the originals.

“I was like, ‘This nigga’s fucking incredible.’ I started to pattern my shit behind his shit, because he had no rules. Back then wasn’t the same way he rhymes now, back then there was more of a method to the madness. It was all over the place but you got the gist of it and he would hit you with that line that would make you say, ‘Oh my God. Did he just fucking say that shit?’

“I remember it was every fourth line that had to hit. It wasn’t every line that had to hit. It was every fourth line, so the nigga that was beatboxing for you would pause. It was a lot of weird shit.

“One thing about Cappa though, that motherfucker can dress his ass off. When he says ‘Papi wardrobe king,’ he’s not lying.

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