Method Man Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Method Man f/ Raekwon “Meth Vs. Chef” (1994)

Producer: The RZA

Album: Tical

Label: Def Jam

Method Man: “When we got off tour and went home, we settled in Chung King [Recording Studios]. That’s when ‘Meth Vs. Chef’ was popping off. I remember when I did ‘Meth Vs. Chef’ I was tired so I went to rest. I was resting in the studio and when I woke up I heard my man lounging low on there and it was like waking up from a nap and hearing ‘Knocking The Boots’ and saying ‘Wow, this song is fucking hot.’

 

I remember when I wrote ‘What The Blood Clot,’ I was on an airplane. [Me and the Wu-Tang had] argued about some shit. I forget what, but I knew I was just mad at niggas. That whole verse I was just shooting at everybody on my team [Laughs].

 

“I remember when I wrote ‘What The Blood Clot,’ I was on an airplane. [Me and the Wu-Tang had] argued about some shit. I forget what, but I knew I was just mad at niggas. That whole verse I was just shooting at everybody on my team [Laughs]. I was mad as shit.

“Funny thing was, I was playing my radio on the plane and you can’t do that shit. But nobody said shit to me. I was writing to ‘It’s All In The Mind’ off Eric Sermon’s No Pressure. That’s what I wrote ‘What The Blood Clot’ off of. But on ‘Meth vs Chef,’ we wasn’t battling. It was friendly competition. The crazy shit about my crew is, shit that was fun to us, we did.

“Like usually niggas take they niggas on their birthday down to a party or whatever. One time, on Ghost’s birthday, we all went down to Stapleton with 40 oz’s and champagne and shit, and rhymed all fucking night. That’s what we would do. It started raining and we were drawing crowds and everything. Rhyme—all fucking night. [We were] just dedicated like that. We wasn’t getting no money. We just loved to do it.

 

On Ghost’s birthday, we all went down to Stapleton with 40 oz’s and champagne and shit, and rhymed all fucking night. It started raining and we were drawing crowds. We wasn’t getting no money. We just loved to do it.

 

“Coming from that perspective, I don’t know how that ‘Meth Vs. Chef’ record happened. Chef rhymed and was like, ‘Meth vs. Chef,’ and I’m like, ‘Nigga what? Meth vs. Chef?’ I think it was right after one of those sessions that the record came about.

“Later on, me and Chef always bumped heads. I guess that song was a precursor for things to come because we used to always bump heads and we disagreed on a lot of shit so we would argue with each other. He felt shit should be one way and I felt shit should be another way. It’s crazy, way after ‘Meth Vs. Chef’ he became the one I argued with the most.”

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