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    Ten years ago, Method Man was unquestionably one of the rap game’s top MCs. In 2004, he’s known more for his movies and TV appearances than he is for his music. Can Tical reclaim his status? Well, he’s got to show and prove.
    Method Man drives a customized black Mercedes SL55 convertible. The vehicle is loaded with high-tech toys and styling—DVD player (currently blasting the jaunty theme to ’70s TV favorite What’s Happening), tinted windows, red-leather piping on the interior and the batwing Wu-Tang logo stitched into the seat backs. Pricey, classy and flashy, this is a car fit for a celebrity and a rapper—and it’s only right: Meth is both. • Four Wu-Tang Clan albums, two platinum solo CDs (1994’s Tical; 1998’s Tical 2000: Judgement Day), a Grammy-winning duet with Mary J. Blige (1995’s “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By?) and a million-selling collabo with longtime friend and fellow weed enthusiast Redman (1999’s Blackout!) attest to the latter. Proof of the former comes in the form of hit flicks like Belly, How High and Scary Movie 3, frequent appearances on MTV specials, a forthcoming, as-yet-untitled Fox sitcom and a gig repping for Right Guard deodorant. • But rumors of trouble with the Shaolin sex symbol’s long-delayed third solo offering, Tical 0: The Prequel, has some folks wondering whether his household-name fame has come at the expense of his street cred, or even his music-market viability. Has Hollywood swingin’ undermined his rhyme slingin’? (His verse on Mary J.’s “Love @ 1st Sight? even made this magazine’s ignominious column “Step Your Rap Game Up.?) Is the Ticalian Stallion still central to Def Jam’s business plans? In February, XXL caught up with the loquacious Mr. Meth at a GQ magazine photo shoot (featuring him and his car) and got an education in the current Methodology.

    XXL: I hear you didn’t appreciate being included in our “Step Your Rap Game Up? column.

    MM: Unless you’re an MC, and understand how hard it is to even start a line, that first line is so hard to come up with. And it’s just as hard to end it as it is to start it, so for somebody to tell you that you gotta step your shit up and they ain’t never wrote a rhyme before, yeah, it gets you a little peeved.

    Maybe it’s a challenge because fans expect so much from you.

    I understand, let them challenge themselves and try it. You’re a writer, you understand. Sometimes you out-think yourself so much that you’re a little too witty. Now, if I read one of your articles and said the shit sucks, you’d look at me and be like, “Come on. Have you ever written an article before?? That’s how I feel about it. But I think it’s all funny.

    With all of your outside endeavors, it’s like you’ve been AWOL from hip-hop lately.

    What’s so funny is that I’ve been there. It’s that people wasn’t checking for Wu-Tang the way they used to, ’cause Wu-Tang albums is what usually held up [the release of] my albums. I could have been a greedy muthafucka and said, ‘Fuck y’all,’ and go do my own thing. But it was never like that with us, we weren’t exactly money-hungry dudes or fame-stealing muthafuckas. We was like, When your time comes, your time comes. I’m very patient about things, which in a sense also hurt, because between those years I could have made so many more moves and learned so much more stuff instead of now just catching up on a lot of things… I’m not here to say where Wu-Tang is right now, or what’s going on with us right now, ’cause this interview is about me. But just know this: There will not be a Wu-Tang album anytime soon as far as I’m concerned.
    WOO WOO WOO, You Know it!

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    It would be fair to say that the Method Man fan base, at this point, is pretty different from the Wu-Tang fan base...

    I understand that. But when we first broke into this, we broke in as a unit. Everyone started from ground zero with nothing. I might not even be sitting here right now if I wouldn’t have worked as hard as I did. You might be talking to Inspectah Deck.

    How has acting affected your rhyming?

    It helps a lot. Plus, when I act, I see words this big [holds hands two feet apart] in my head. For one, metaphors: a lot of them come out of movies… I think I’m the only artist that I know that does crossword puzzles. My mother hooked me on it when I was younger, and it was a challenge. But then after a while, certain words that pop in my head came out of a puzzle. It’s like a reflex.

    When you were a kid, did you see yourself acting?

    I never really thought past tomorrow. I remember the question always used to come up: What you wanna be when you grow up? My answer was always: Rich. Period.

    So when you got rich, how did you feel?

    I didn’t feel rich. I still don’t. I don’t live a rich man’s life; I live a wealthy man’s life. A wealthy man will fly himself first class; he’ll get himself a suite. A rich man will take a private jet. He has to have a penthouse suite. A rich man doesn’t have to go to the DMV. But a wealthy man does. I’m a common dude. That’s why when people see me out in the world, they’re like, “Where your bodyguards at?? That’s how I roll. Plus, I don’t fuck with anybody, period. If anybody got a problem with me, I can’t see it. Anything that comes inside my little area has to be about positivity and peace.

    Because you’re a dad?

    Yeah, maybe. That, and a husband. Like, you will never catch me at a party unless I’m working. That has a lot to do with my kids... I will give you a scenario. At my highest moment—highest as in weed and drunk and shit—I’m at a party, and I started thinking, My wife is at home right now, with those kids. Probably yelling, chasing after them, and I’m at a fucking party. And then it just got me, like, man, get the fuck outta here. This shit ain’t for me; I’m a family dude. It just didn’t seem right that I should be enjoying myself while she busting her ass back at the home front.

    Saint Meth!

    I don’t want her to party. So instead of being demanding and saying, “You ain’t partying,? I don’t party by example.

    Many of the people reading this think of you more as a “personality? than a “rapper.?

    That’s crazy. They probably look at me like Nick Cannon or some shit. [Laughs] That’s the beautiful thing about it—having to prove yourself, staying on top of your toes. Best thing to happen to Nas was Jay-Z coming at him sideways. A lot of people will tell you that. I doubt if Nas would, though. The hip-hop audience? They’ll have a new ***** next year. It’s basically what you do to keep yourself out there. I go into every project like it’s my first, and I’ve gotta run the gauntlet again. I gotta do the radio, the in-stores, to reintroduce myself to this audience. But back in the days, it was like, the dudes that was rhyming—they knew about Cold Crush. We knew about the Fearless Four, the Treacherous Three, and that was the ’80s, ’90s. It’s just, the kids these days, they don’t check their history. Everybody knows how to read a fucking Billboard chart.

    So what’s up with Tical 0?

    It’s not me. The record’s been done. I don’t think the label has as much faith in me as I do. Not saying they don’t have any faith in me at all, they just don’t have as much as I do. They’re talking the same way you are: “Where have you been for five years?? They listened to my whole album, and they didn’t think I had a first single. Not saying that the album isn’t good, just that [they didn’t think it had] a first single to come back after five years. I’m like, Whatever—let’s get this shit cracking. They had me sit down with the Neptunes and the Just Blazes and the Kanyes, and these dudes had fire. But me being an artist on a label—you wanna feel like you’re part of something. Like, sometimes you want your ego stroked every now and then. And to think they don’t have as much confidence in you as you have in yourself, that eats at you and makes you angry and makes you wanna do dumb shit to hurt yourself in the process. What I had to do was bite down hard and take whatever the fuck they gave me. And whenever I drop—if a fan is a true fan, and the music is dope, people don’t care when you come. Because Dr. Dre comes about the same time every four years. You get a better product when the man takes his time.

    That sort of conflict could drive a person nuts.

    It pisses me off. It fucks with you... I’ve never experienced what I’ve experienced now with Def Jam. I guess this is the feeling artists get when the people around them feel like they’re on their way out. But I’m far from on my way out. Let me give you a scenario: Let’s say you’re in love with this guy. And after six years of being with this dude, y’all finally break up, ’cause you know this son of a bitch ain’t never gonna marry you. A month later, you hear he’s engaged. You see where I’m coming from? That’s how it feels. Is it me? What could it be?

    Did you ever think of just saying, “Fuck it??
    WOO WOO WOO, You Know it!

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