Method Man Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Wu-Tang Clan “Reunited” (1997)

Producer: The RZA

Album: Wu-Tang Forever

Label: Loud/RCA/BMG

Method Man: “Originally, it was just RZA and GZA on there. I wanted to get on it, but [RZA] thought it was a good record the way it was. That’s why I got the last verse on there. I don’t think they wanted me on that record. I think that was supposed to be some RZA and GZA shit, taking it back to when they first started out.

 

I don’t think they wanted me on that record. I think that was supposed to be some RZA and GZA shit, taking it back to when they first started out.

 

“They were gonna do like eight and eight for the last verse, but big-head Meth was in the studio, so I had to get on it. [Ms. Roxy went in on the outro of the song because she] playing that shit live. RZA was getting his money’s worth out of her. Plus, she was in there killing that shit.

“When I came in, I came in with a group. If anybody been like a team player, it’s been me. Everything that came out my mouth is, ‘Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang.’ Some of the shit the press was saying was just harsh. So for all the focus to go off the whole group and all on one individual...it got to the point where when I got around my own niggas and I didn’t feel comfortable.

“It’s hard when you’re doing so much and they’re not doing as much. You come back around them and try to tell them, ‘I was doing this and I was doing that’ and it seems like no one is interested. Then you gotta fall back and do the knowledge like, ‘Maybe I should shut the fuck up and not say anything else about what I been doing because nobody’s as happy about it as I am.’

“Not saying these dudes were jealous but maybe they just weren’t as into it. That’s when you get albums like Tical 0: The Prequelwhere it’s like I wanna try something different. But I don’t really have the time to deal with the issues that I have because I have deadlines and shit. Now I’m in there jotting by the middle of the album and all that shit reflects on you as time goes by.

 

If anybody been like a team player, it’s been me. Everything that came out my mouth is, ‘Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang.’ Some of the shit the press was saying was just harsh. So for all the focus to go off the whole group and all on one individual...it got to the point where when I got around my own niggas and I didn’t feel comfortable.

 

“That’s the only reason why a motherfucker will even come out his face to even say he’s better than me. They look at your track record and they sizing you up every time you open your mouth. Back in the day, niggas was scared of my team and they was scared of me on that motherfucking mic.

“You can’t blame a motherfucker for saying or thinking he better than you, MCs are supposed to think that. But in the same breath, it’s like you being who you are and thinking, ‘Wait a minute. That shit wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even 3 years ago. What am I doing? What’s going on?’

“Then you start questioning yourself and now you uncomfortable in your own motherfucking skin. [It happened to me] for a minute. I was going through it. I had a lot of issues going on. Sometimes being in the studio and writing about it ain’t the best therapy.

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