Method Man talked about a myriad topics in an interview with The Daily Beast, including being one the only rappers to appear on songs with the late rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, and his thoughts on today’s rap generation dissing rap veterans.
During the interview, Method talked about the current state New York rap. "I feel like we lost our identity but it was good for the unification hip-hop as a whole. Atlanta is the new New York," he said.
He later added that he's happy for Cardi B's success. "Cardi is an inspiration. I’m rootin’ for Cardi B," he said. "It’s funny, because every time I see a female MC come out, I find myself rootin’ for ‘em all the time. I just want to see ‘em win."
On his Biggie and 2Pac collaborations, Meth said that those happened by circumstance. "Biggie approached me after the New Music Seminar. 'Pac, on the other hand, came home from jail and it’s just like in the movie: he was goin’ from room-to-room jumpin’ on joints, and some the tracks were already done with people rhymin’ on ‘em," he recalled.
"And Daz Dillinger] was like, yo, I got the joint with Method Man and Redman. Next thing you know, 'Pac was spittin’ on it and I was like oh shit," he continued. "At this point in time, there were people that knew what time it was, as far as the whole Death Row/Bad Boy thing – it wasn’t East Coast vs. West Coast until the magazines said it was."
My biggest thing was, B.I.G. was my friend and I hadn’t even met 'Pac yet for my record, and they were playing that shit on New York radio," he added. "How would you feel if you’re friends with somebody and they did a song with someone else where all a sudden your so-called enemy is on the record and you knew nothin’ about it? How would you feel when you ran into that person? I remember the first time I ran into Big after that, I was like, “Yo, you know that Pac song, son actually came home from jail, that was a Dogg Pound record,” and he said, “Nah, I ain’t trippin’ f that shit."
When asked about today's rappers dissing rap veterans, the Wu-Tang alum urged the younger artists to be respectful for those who paved the way in the rap game.
"That’s my biggest issue with the newer cats: you don’t even gotta pay homage to me, but don’t shit on somebody’s legacy – especially if you’re uninformed the role they played in the business," he stated.
"There’s a reason why we hold Tupac in high regard: 'Pac spoke in a way that a lot us couldn’t speak," he continued. "We weren’t eloquent enough or educated enough to say the words that he was sayin’ but we felt them when he said it because that was the way we felt, we just couldn’t put it in words. So there’s nothin’ you can take away from that man – or Biggie. I don’t give a fuck who spit a hot 16. At the end the day, what kind person are you? That’s what really counts."
You can read Method Man's entire interview at The Daily Beast.
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