Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man recently updated fans on his long-awaited Crystal Meth solo album and what Shaolin Island member will help contribute.
M-e-t-h-o-d Man said recently touring alongside the RZA helped strengthen their bond and land him a spot on the LP.
“Me and RZA are gonna work together on my next LP, Crystal Meth,” Mef said in an interview. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio with the kid. We just came off the Wu tour and the camaraderie was still there so I know the chemistry is gonna be there when we go in the studio — honeslty, I’ve got so much time on my hands right now, who knows [when it will drop.] But I’m definitely working if there’s listeners out there. I know there’s listeners out there. Far as mainstream goes, I’m not concerned too tough with that. I’ve been there, done that. So, year, if there’s still fans out there listening, I’m definitely coming with some sh*t for you.” (AHH)
Back in summer 2011, Meth said he would not rush out the LP’s release date.
“Still working. I’m taking my time,” Mef said when asked about the project’s status. “F*ck that, I don’t care what nobody say or think. I’m taking my time with this one, and it’s gonna be like a fine wine, baby…Falling back to the first album and the second album, the darker element of Meth, but with a twist on it. I can’t tell you exactly what it is because I don’t want people biting me before I do it…It definitely has a twist to it. I have a new technique of writing that no one has really touched on but it’s right there for them to pick up.” (Hip Hop Chronicle)
In 2010, the Staten Island-bred emcee described his motivation for working on a new album.
“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)
Once Crystal Meth hits store shelves, it 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)
Check out Method Man’s interview below: