Method Man had to clear the air after some fans were disappointed that he was not a part of Wu-Tang Clan’s N.Y. State of Mind Tour.
The well-received tour, which also features Nas and Busta Rhymes, has been a topic of discussion, with rumors swirling that there was tension between Wu-Tang members and Method. However, the “Built for This” rapper shut down any chatter of beef. Instead, he attributed his absence to a prior obligation.
“I’ma clear this shit up once and for all,” the lyricist turned actor stated in a video response. “I’ma say this one last time.”
The 51-year-old shared that the tour simply came “at a bad time” and that he was only explaining the situation to his die-hard fans who were eager to see him. However, Meth did take the opportunity to slam fans who messaged him, cursing him out about his lack of performance, and maintained that he would not tolerate the disrespect, despite their displeasure with the tour.
“One of the nicest muthafuckas in the world, but I am not a pushover,” Meth said. “I have sacrificed so much over the years to satisfy the fans, and I’m pretty sure that’s vice versa, and that’s why I love y’all; that’s why I don’t hesitate to go all-out for y’all. But to be dissatisfied or to even blame me for your experience is unfair. Very fucking unfair. My brothers are super duper talented, with or without me. And I know a lot of people, or a few people, have paid their money to see me perform, but that bill said Wu-Tang Clan. And you know, these things happen, and dudes do have to feed their families. Albums don’t sell the way they used to; I’m pretty sure you guys know that.”
“So in order to preserve my lifestyle and to feed my family, I had to have alternative means of doing that. And I’m glad to say at 50 years old; I have options,” the actor continued.
In recent years, the prolific rapper has moved away from music to focus more on an on-screen career. He has appeared in Godfather of Harlem, The Last O.G., and most notably, Power Book II: Ghost, where he played the role of high-powered attorney Davis Maclean, tasked with keeping Tariq St. Patrick out of jail. Just in August, the rapper signed on for the action thriller Shadow Force, which, according to Complex, is “likely” the prior obligation he was referring to.
“I fucking love Wu-Tang, wish I could have been on that tour with them,” Meth added in the video. “The booking came at a bad time; I was already booked to do a movie. Only reason why I’m coming back saying this is because of my love for my fans, okay? The real fans. Not the ones that’d jump in your DMs and curse you the fuck out all call you all kinds of bitches.”
“And I refuse to let anybody; I don’t care if you got one fucking follower muthafucka, you don’t mean shit to me,” he concluded. “If you can bring smoke, then you can take smoke, period. Dish shit out; you can take it.”
Would you have liked to see Method Man hit the stage with his fellow Wu-Tang members? Hopefully, after he is done filming his latest project, Meth will make his return to the stage.