Method Man has been a part of some pretty historical hip-hop collaborations, but it’s also no surprise that he’s been around some notable moments outside the studio.
During a recent interview with Drink Champs, the Wu-Tang Clan emcee told a story where he was high on mushrooms during the 1996 “Soul Train Awards” afterparty in Los Angeles. Coincidentally, this was during tensions between East and West Coast rap factions, and some of the biggest beef players were present.
"I’m on mushrooms like a m****rf***er,” he began. “It didn’t hit me while I’m in the club ’til I saw Puff. I see Puffy with like six bodyguards- and then it hit me. It was like, ‘Wait a minute.’ Mind you, Puff don’t speak to me. No, he speaks to me, but he never speaks to me like this. Embraces me, ‘Meth, what's up, n***a!' So now it’s like, ‘Oh s**t.’ I’m looking around to see if anyone saw me speak to this m****rf***er.
“I just don’t wanna be on anybody’s f*****g radar. At this point, the shrooms, I’m in my head like crazy like, ‘Did that just happen?’ ‘Cause Puff’s never that nice to me,” Meth adds. “I mean, he’s nice, but never that nice to me. I’m f****d up off these shrooms. Now I’m at the peak of shroom high.”
Then, Method Man noted who else was around them at the party.
"And I hear, ‘Mef!’" he continued. "I look and it’s [Queen] Latifah. She was like, ‘What the f**k are you doing up in that corner? Come here!’ And I snapped out of that s**t. I was good the rest of the night after that! Shout out to you, Dana, I love you."
Tupac and Suge Knight were subsequently introduced to him for the first time. "He’s telling me about some incident that happened with RZA in Vegas. If he was there it definitely wouldn’t have happened, blah blah blah. Basically, he was saying if there was anybody we would f**k with on the East Coast, it’d be Wu-Tang. This is letting us know- and anybody that was in the know- that it wasn’t an East Coast-West Coast thing; it was a Bad Boy-Death Row thing.
"He started saying something else but I’m not really listening because I’m looking at the Death Row piece on his chain," Meth added. "This my first time meeting ‘Pac so I’m like, ‘Oh s**t, this is f***ing Tupac! Look at that f***ing chain!’ I remember looking at Suge and he got the cigar like this and he’s like… nothing. No expression, just stoic. Cameras is on, n***a! He in Suge mode. So I’m like, ‘Yeah…’ Walk out, get out front, and no lie, I remember being in the back of Pink Dot in that alley way, and we sat there and we discussing that whole night of how that s**t was so f***ing weird. It was definitely the mushrooms."
Watch the full interview below.