When Method Man speaks it's always a good idea to pay close attention. The Wu Tang Clan rapper has seen it all in his 21 years in the business.
With four solo albums, five Wu Tang discs, two Blackout! projects with Redman and last year's Wu Massacre cd with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah under his belt, Johnny Blaze has quite a few stories to tell. Luckily for us he lets us in on more than a few little known secrets in a new interview with Complex, as he breaks down his "25 Most Essential Songs."
Here are just a few of the highlights:
* Wu Tang Clan was originally only supposed to have three members, Ol' Dirty B*stard, GZA and RZA.
* The first time he saw the "Method Man" video on tv he was dead broke, eating white rice with ketchup on Thanksgiving, thinking "this f*cking rap sh*t is weak."
* Raekwon and Ghostface Killah didn't like Notorious B.I.G.
* He was on angel dust when he recorded 'Tical'
* He recorded four different versions of "All I Need"
* Ol' Dirty B*stard's first album was written by RZA and GZA with the exception of "Brooklyn Zoo."
* True Master did a lot of the production on Only Built For Cuban Linx.
* He was high on mushrooms out in L.A. at a party during the height of the Biggie/2Pac beef and feeling uncomfortable. 'Pac approached him and let him know if there was anybody on the East Coast he would f*ck with it would be Wu Tang Clan.
* He lost interest halfway through recording "Extortion" with Mobb Deep because he was so high
There's a lot more to the interview. To read it in full head over to Complex.