Method Man & Redman “Da Rockwilder” (1999)
Label: Def Jam
Method Man: “Red didn’t like the beat, that’s why the record’s so short. When I first heard it, I was like, ‘Fuck that!’ Wrote my verse right there and spit on it and I was like, ‘You know what? We gon’ call this shit ‘Rockwilder’ after you, my nigga.’ That’s how much I love this beat. For Rock, that’s what spring-boarded his shit into the ‘Bootyliciouses’ and ‘Do It Again’ with Jay-Z and all them niggas because everybody was coming for that beat.
When we first started performing the record at shows, we used to have to do it twice, sometimes three times. If we came to perform at somebody else’s shit and that record came on, we shut it down!
“Everybody was coming for that beat and it felt good. Missy came with Timbaland and she was the first one to fuck with [him]. It was great for me to come out and be the first nigga to fuck with a nigga that everybody wanted to fuck with after. It’s like having that video girl first, then, everybody use her after that because of yo shit. It felt really good.
”I’ve had hit records, but I’ve never really had the chance to enjoy a hit record. At that point in time, I was jaded and I been in the game for a while. Me and Red were hot, he just came off a platinum joint, I just came off a double platinum joint. We good, we coming together, we were expecting big things and this record dropped.
“When we first started performing the record at shows, we used to have to do it twice, sometimes three times. If we came to perform at somebody else’s shit and that record came on, we shut it down!”