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Producer: The RZA
Label: Def Jam
Method Man: “[One thing about that album,] dust is a powerful drug. I was dusted when I did [the title track ‘Tical’]. I could never do it on stage when I first did it because I was dusted when I did that record. I can do it now though. You can tell almost when I’m like, ‘What’s that shit that they be smoking!’ It goes off record, it goes on record. I was gone! I just wanted that to be known.
“Anyway, ‘Bring The Pain’ was already done, I had that beat before we even did a Wu-Tang album. I had that beat for a long fucking time. Soon as I started my album, I asked RZA if I could have that beat. I think he had to remake it because all that shit got lost in the flood. So when he remade it, we went in and did the ‘Bring The Pain’ record. I loved it from day one.
Dust is a powerful drug. I was dusted when I did [the title track ‘Tical’]. I could never do it on stage when I first did it because I was dusted when I did that record... I was gone!
“[After the flood happened], we were out on tour promoting Enter The 36 Chambers. While we’re on tour, [I recorded my album]. When everybody else was going to their rooms, me and RZA was going to the studio. I always felt like my album was real pieced together, I recorded in San Francisco, Texas, L.A., everywhere.
“I was recording in some of the weirdest spots. Some of these places had mice and shit and coat hangers with a stocking cap wrapped around it for fucking popper stoppers. When we in the studio recording, on some days, like when we did ‘Stimulation,’ I couldn’t record the way I wanted to because my voice was damn near gone from performing that night.
“But the hunger was there because I really wanted to get that shit done. I was the nigga on the outside looking in so I was comfortable. I knew that they didn’t know what to expect from me, so anything that I put out was gonna work for me because I felt that it would. I had that energy and aura about me at that time, I had the upper hand. I didn’t have to live up to a first album because there wasn’t one. Everything would be fresh and new.”