Method Man Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Ghostface Killah f/ Raekwon, Method Man, & Joi Starr “Yolanda’s House” (2007)

Producer: Ant-Live

Album: The Big Doe Rehab

Label: Def Jam

Method Man: “Ghost is a smart motherfucker. When he sent it to me, the only message was, ‘Continue this verse from where I left off.’ He said, ‘Yo, Starks, be quiet’ and I was thinking, ‘What would I say after that, if I’m jumping up out some coochie?’ I said, ‘Let me put my draws on, nigga,’ and after that, everything just started to fall into place.

 

When I first started rhyming, I used to write nothing but stories that used to be so extravagant. Then my man Love God was like, ‘Nigga, you ain’t got none of that shit you’re talking about.’ He was right. That ended my story career right there.

 

“When I first started rhyming, I used to write nothing but stories that used to be so extravagant. Then my man Love God—he was just at me while I was saying my rhymes—and he was like, ‘Nigga, you ain’t got none of that shit you’re talking about.’ He was right. That ended my story career right there.

“Then I just started writing shit that was fathomable, shit that I had access to. It wasn’t illusions of grandeur. I thank him a lot for that, because that’s all I ask from an emcee. If you ain’t got that shit, don’t sit here and throw it in my face like you’re a have when you’re really a have-not.

“I like that verse. That was just me paying attention to the detail of his verse and coordinating some of what Ghost was already talking about in his verse and making it cohesive. It sounds like it wasn’t just thrown together. It sounds like a common thing between two brothers, but we weren’t even in the studio at the same time.

“That’s just the professionalism amongst brothers being around each other so much that they know what to expect from each other. Ghost left it in my hands. It’s like he left his kid in my hands knowing that I was going to take care of it like it was one of my own.”

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