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Method Man Biography

Method Man Biography

Method Man was born in Hempstead, New York but moved back and forth between Staten Island and Hempstead during his teenage years because his parents got divorced. In an apparent precursor to his career in hip hop, he was introduced both to playing drums and to poetry by his father. Fans of Method Man often refer to him by the shorthand nickname "Meth"; the man himself has self-applied a variety of nicknames, the most common being variations of "Johnny Blaze."
The Method Man logo designed by Mathematics
The Method Man logo designed by Mathematics

Not only was Meth interested in music, he was also fascinated by comic books and particularly Ghost Rider, a fascination which manifested itself years later in several of his many rap aliases. Meth is also a member of the 5% Nation resting in the isles of Strong Island

His pre-hip hop life was mostly split between drug dealing and low-paid jobs (including a stint working at the Statue Of Liberty, along with future Wu-Tang colleague U-God). He has often spoken out against the ways of his past and regrets having gotten involved in the world of dealing drugs.

In 2003, Method Man criticized Oli "Power" Grant and Mitchell "Divine" Diggs, the managers of the Wu Tang empire. "Number 1 on my shit list right now is Divine from Wu-Tang management. He took something major from me that he had no intention of giving back." Divine is multiplatinum record producer Rza's brother who along with Oli "Power" Grant took over the business end of Wu Tang around 1997.

Aside from the financial issues, Method Man was also unhappy with the decision to bring Wu Tang into the fashion world for a brief period of time with Wu Wear, despite the brand being a major money-maker for the group. "When Wu-Wear started making shoes and sneakers and pants, it was shoddy material. I never rocked that shit."

Method Man has made an appearance in the Def Jam series. In Fight For NY he voiced Blaze, one of the main characters. In Def Jam: Icon, he voiced Gooch, a major character in the storyline. He made a guest appearance in the music video for the 2003 "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys, where he played the role of her boyfriend. Beanie Sigel also called upon Method Man's acting skills for his 2005 video "Feel It In The Air", where Method Man played an undercover cop leading an operation against Sigel.

Method Man appeared on the MTV reality game show Yo Momma in the first episode of Season 1.

Method Man has fallen back from pursuing more acting roles after the situation with his sitcom on Fox left a bad taste in his mouth, and now mostly just acts if the project is being handled by a friend of his, as was the case with CSI and The Wire.

Method Man had a brief but memorable cameo appearance in the Samuel L. Jackson film "187". At the beginning of the film, Jackson's character, a high school teacher, is attacked and nearly killed by Method.

Method Man also appeared in the 1995 documentary entitled "Russell Simmons Presents: The Show". While on a train in Japan, there is a memorable scene in which Method Man and U-God get into an argument over camera time, radio interviews, and clothing mishaps.

He and Redman have also done TV spots for Right Guard: Power Stripe deodorant and St. Idles malt liquor.


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