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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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