Last week Method Man released his sixth studio album Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium. His first solo album in three years. One of the features on the album is Snoop Dogg who appears alongside U-God’s son Intell on the track “Eastside”. Method Man has worked with Snoop Dogg on several occasions as well as other West Coast artists since the mid 90’s.
Method Man –Eastside feat. Snoop Dogg & Intell
The first occurrence was on Spice 1’s 1994 album AmeriKKKa’s Nightmare on the track “Hard to Kill”. Then Method Man appeared on “Got My Mind Made Up” from 2Pac’s 1996 double album All Eyez on Me. The vocals along with Redman and Inspectah Deck were originally meant for Tha Dogg Pound consisting of Daz and Kurupt. Due to the All Eyez on Me being done in two weeks consisting largely of already produced tracks the vocals landed on 2Pac’s project instead sans Inspectah Deck.
Spice 1 – Hard to Kill feat. Method Man
2Pac – Got My Mind Made Up feat. Redman, Method Man, Daz & Kurupt
Later that year Method Man popped up on “Hit ‘Em High (The Monstars’ Anthem) from the 1996 Space Jam Soundtrack. The track included an all-star cast along with Method Man including LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, and B-Real from Cypress Hill. B-Real and Method Man would continue team up as the years went by. Method Man would later link up with fellow Def Jam label mate at the time with San Diego based artist Jayo Felony in 1998. First to mention was on the title track to Jayo Felony’s album Whatcha Gonna Do? The song also featured DMX. The other track was “Pop” from Xzibit’s 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz.
Busta Rhymes – Hit ‘Em High (The Monstars’ Anthem) feat. Coolio, LL Cool J, Method Man & B-Real
Jayo Felony – Whatcha Gonna Do feat. Method Man & DMX
Xzibit – Pop feat. Jayo Felony & Method Man
B-Real and his group Cypress Hill would appear in Method Man and Redman’s 2001 film How High as well as on the soundtrack with the track “Cisco Kid”. Method Man then appeared on the RZA’s 2003 “We Pop” remix from his album Birth of a Prince. The other artists on the track were E-40, Crooked I, Jayo Felony & WC. At some point in the early to mid-2000’s Method Man had recording sessions with super West Coast producer Dr. Dre for his Detox project. The track “Take the Heat” surfaced on the internet. Last year Method Man with B-Real and Redman were featured on Snoop Dogg’s “Mount Kushmore” from the album Neva Left.
Cypress Hill – How High (film clip)
Method Man & Redman – Cisco Kid feat. Cypress Hill
RZA – We Pop (remix) feat. Method Man, E-40, Crooked I, Jayo Felony & WC
Method Man – Take the Heat (prod. by Dr. Dre)
Snoop Dogg – Mount Kushmore feat. Method Man, Redman, & B-Real
Method Man continues to be a high caliber emcee, not following today’s trends and remaining authentic. Being embraced by the West Coast since early on in his career is a testament to his universal appeal and versatility. He continues to tour and is a staple in the hip hop community. Fans will be able to look forward to more material with no signs of stopping including collaborations with his fellow West Coast brethren.