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Method Man

Method Man (born Clifford Smith April 2, 1971 in Hempsted, Long Island, a.k.a Meth, Johnny Blaze, Methical, MZA (The Mizza), Shakwon, Ticallion Stallion) is an East Coast rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan, also known for acting and frequent collaborations with Redman (not a Wu-Tang member).

As one of the first to join the Wu-Tang Clan after its formation in the early 1990s, Method Man has always been one of the most visible members of the collective. He was the first to release a solo album under the Clan's unusual contract, which allows its members to release albums under any record label. Method Man's solo debut, Tical (1994, 1994 in music) was critically acclaimed and extremely popular, entering the American charts at #4. He soon collaborated with Mary J. Blige and Redman with a series of hit singles, then recorded the second Wu-Tang album, Wu-Tang Forever. His second solo album was Tical 2000: Judgement Day (1998, 1998 in music), which sold even better than his first, though reviews were mixed. Method Man spent some time on his acting career, appearing in Belly, then toured with Jay-Z and recorded Blackout with Redman. Most recently, Method Man has appeared in Oz and How High, a stoner comedy with Redman, while continuing to record with the Wu-Tang Clan.