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5 Favourite Method Man Guest Appearances (In No Particular Order)

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1. “The What” – Notorious BIG – Ready To Die – 1994

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There’s not much point in explaining why Ready To Die is such a strong album – it’s one of the biggest rap albums of all time and Method Man is one of the best people in hip hop for singing your hooks. His lazy drawl can make the most mundane phrase exciting and memorable. His two verses are full of great rhymes and it starts memorably with him quoting “Method Man” from the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album. He also reminds us he’s not a gentle man but a Method Man.

2. “Rawhide” – Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version – 1995

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Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s first album is hard work because, frankly, it’s mental. His verses on this track alone give you a feel of how nonsensical and frightening he can be. Method Man sings another strong hook that fits over the lolloping RZA beat. I’ve got no idea what Method Man is talking about in his verse, but it sounds good.

3. “Left & Right” – D’Angelo – Voodoo – 1999

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Here comes Method Man and he’s planning to charm the ladies (though he still can’t help himself from saying “Liar, liar, set your pussy on fire” at the end of his first verse). On “Left & Right”, Method Man and Redman (partners in crime from various projects, including poor stoner comedy How High) bring a bit of grit to D’Angelo’s super slick grooves and jams. This track appears early on in Vood0o, prompting me to squeak “It’s Method Man!” to my friends in the car when I first heard it. They’re no longer my friends. Not sure why.

4. “Got My Mind Made Up” – 2Pac – All Eyez On Me – 1996

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Despite the well-publicised beef between Tupac and The Notorious BIG at the time, Method Man had no issue with appearing on both of their albums. Search out the interview with Method for Hot 97 on Youtube in which he tells the story of recording this track. He says he went into the studio, did his own vocal take and never even met Tupac whilst recording the song. He comes across all gunslinger on his verse, though I still don’t know who the hell Al Doogie is.

5. “Extortion” – Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth -1996

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Method Man the saviour on this one. I don’t dig Hell On Earth as much as The Infamous. There’s nothing immediately ‘wrong’ with Hell On Earth, but I find it pretty same-y, with beats and hooks that seem to melt into one. So when Method Man comes in on ‘Extortion’, he’s a very welcome presence. He also tells us he’s brought “36 deadly shits” with him. Method Man works best in this sort of context.