10 Essentials Items For The Most Epic Redman V. Method Man Verzuz Battle Experience Ever

Red Man and Method Man perform at The Norva on February 24, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia.

10 Essentials Items For The Most Epic Redman V. Method Man Verzuz Battle Experience Ever

Exactly how high are you willing to go?

PUBLISHED ON : APRIL 20, 2021 / 08:00 AM

The latest installment of Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s Verzuz series falls on April 20th, a national holiday for weed smokers everywhere. How fitting is it that lifelong friends Method Man and Redman, two of the most renowned MCs ever and greatest connoisseurs of cannabis, to be featured in the extravaganza? 

Besides making classic albums and being amazing live performers, Method Man aka Johnny Blaze and Redman aka Reggie Noble have an affinity for some good hydro.

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Since their first collaboration in 1995 on the classic “How High,” Meth and Red have been making club-bangers, street anthems, and enjoying legendary smoke sessions. While Meth reps Wu-Tang Clan and Red reps Def Squad, the two have made two albums, their own movie, the aptly titled How High, a T.V. show, and are easily the best picks for an epic 4/20 Verzuz battle.

To make sure you’re ready for the "How High" special 4/20 Verzuz tonight, here are 10 essential items to get you in the mood for tonight's big battle. 

  1. Lighters
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    In the words of the great Lil Kim, this Verzuz is the one to “put your lighters up.” You could have some papers, Backwoods, or a regular cigar, without a lighter, you can’t spark it up. But If you partake in the festivities of 4/20, you’re going to need your lighters ready when Meth and Red go into “How High.

  2. Oversized Tee Shirts

    Fitted is the name of the game for t-shirts today but wearing a shirt three or four sizes too big was the way to do it back in the 90s. It seems like the bigger the t-shirt the better. For nostalgia’s sake, put on your oversized t-shirts like Red was wearing in the “Let’s Get Dirty.

  3. A Bandana
    Redman and Method Man at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors
    Redman and Method Man at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors
    (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

    Wearing a bandana is an inexpensive way to show your style and be a lil gangster at the same time. Whether you rocked it on your head, neck, or wrist, the bandana was and still is an essential accessory in hip-hop fashion. Peep Redman’s in “Da Goodness”, showing how it’s done.

  4. A Skully Hat

    While springtime is on the way, it still gets chilly in Shaolin where Meth is from, and in the Brick City where  Red is from. For those cold nights, a skully is always a go-to accessory. To bring those 90s and early 2000s on the block in the hood vibes for the Verzuz, you gotta have your skully on like Meth Man in “Bring the Pain” to get that feeling.

  5. Retro Sneakers
    Redman attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards
    Redman attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards
    Photo by Paul Bruinooge / Contributor/Getty Images

    Picking out the right sneakers is an art form in itself. For this special 4/20 Verzuz, it’s time to bring out some of the retro kicks you have tucked away in the closet. It could be some classic Jordans, Iverson Question’s, or the Fila Grant Hill’s Meth rocked in the “You’re All I Need” video. Go ahead and lace up some hot ones for tonight’s extravaganza.

  6. Leather Jacket
    (L-R) Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and U-God aka Wu-Tang Clan
    (L-R) Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and U-God aka Wu-Tang Clan
    (Photo by Johnny Nunez/FilmMagic)

    Like Meth and Red in “Da Rockwilder”, you knew you were doing it big if you had a leather coat. Not just any leather coat but an Avirex, Pelle Pele, or FUBU that changed the fashion game in rap music in the 90s. Dig back in the closet and dust off that 8-ball leather like it’s 1999.

  7. A Gold or Diamond Chain
    (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)

    For the ballers out there, a gold chain or a diamond necklace is a prerequisite. Having either dangle from your neck is a signal of one’s status and a fixture in hip-hop culture since the early days. If it’s real ice or fugazi, throw on your chain like Redman in “Pick It Up” and get hype for Verzuz.

  8. Ski Goggles or headbands

    One trend that was essential in the late 90s was either sporting a pair of ski goggles or headbands. You can have on your skully, a wave cap, or a bandana but the ski goggles, even if you weren’t going anywhere near the slopes, made you stand out. Same can be said for the headband that was worn on or off the court. If you still have yours, make sure you rock them like Redman does in “Funkorama.”

  9. A Hoodie
    Method Man performs onstage at SXSW
    Method Man performs onstage at SXSW
    (Photo by Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSW)

    Nothing says hip-hop more than a fly hoodie. The purpose of the hoodie is to protect against the possibilities of bad weather but it takes your ensemble up a few notices when you wear it with style like Meth did in “Release Yo Delf.” To get into that 4/20 Verzuz mood, throw on a hoodie, duck your head, and bop to the beat in true Mary J. Blige style. 

  10. Baggy Jeans
    Method Man during GZA and Wu-Tang Clan 2002 Video Shoot
    Method Man during GZA and Wu-Tang Clan 2002 Video Shoot
    (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)

    While a slimmer cut is preferred today, baggy jeans were the MO for almost everyone in the 90s and 2000s. Whether they were Guess, Girbaud or some vintage Wu-Wear jeans like Meth had on in the “Wu-Wear” video, baggy jeans were the way to go. Pull them out of the drawer and wear them like it’s back in the day.

    Get ready "How High" 4/20 Verzuz special featuring Redman and Method Man  at 7 p.m. EST on Instagram and the Triller app.

(Photo by Dexter A. Jones/Getty Images)


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