Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man has announced plans to begin work on a new album called The Crystal Meth that he said should feature the attributes of a certified classic.
Method Man believes he must prove his talent.
“I just want my classic,” he said in an interview. “People always say, ‘You already got a classic first LP,’ but not to me. I want my classic LP, the five-mic-er for myself. Not based on The Source‘s five mics but a five-mic-er to myself. I don’t feel like I have to prove myself to anybody. But I feel like I have to prove myself to myself…This is the most comfortable I’ve been in my whole career, because I don’t have all those obligations that I’ve had before…You know, doing the Wu-Tang, then the Wu-Tang solo projects, then my project, then me and Redman. Right now, I can do it at my own leisure. Honestly, I don’t want to make an album by myself, but it’s something that’s required, and the fans want that, so I’m gonna do that.” (MTV)
The album will mark his latest solo project since 2006’s 4:21… The Day After.
In 2006, Meth issued 4:21… The Day After, which featured appearances from many Wu-Tang members, including a posthumous verse from ODB. A steady stream of mixtapes, live albums, and concert videos appeared before Method reunited with Redman for the 2009 album Blackout! 2. (All Music)
He recently discussed the marketing behind his upcoming joint album, Wu-Massacre, with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
“So far, with the promotion of this album, I ain’t have nothing to do with it,” Meth explained in an interview. “We’ve all been busy working — well, Rae’s been doing Cuban Linx [Part II], Ghost been promoting Wizard of Poetry, I had done like three f*cking movies last year so yeah, I mean, I’m glad someone in the building is taking it upon themselves to get the ball rolling so it’s a good deal right there because in the era we’re in right now, you gotta do all that sh*t yourself. I’m happy that Chris Bachalo did it, he’s official. I mean, his run on X-Men was one of the best…He’s professional with it, I would love for Chris to do my next comic book…” (Rap Radar)
Earlier this month, Raekwon spoke on the album’s overall importance to the Wu-Tang brand.
“I’d say probably four or five months ago,” Rae said about the album’s recording process. “We just wanted to make another album that really represents our brand, which is the W. When you think of Wu-Tang, we’ve been in the business for damn near almost, what, 17 years? We just want to make sure that people still know that we didn’t go nowhere — musically, passionately about hip-hop. When you get records like this, it helps keep the W flag up high. You know what I mean? Like the American flag. We gotta take care of that flag. It was something that was going to happen sooner or later. Us three, we always work good together throughout the years. On a lot of records, me, Ghost, and Meth was always next to each other. If you look at [the Wu-TangClan] as being the Lakers, we are the MVPs of the team.” (Entertainment Weekly)
No further details have been released as of now.
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