Born April 1, 1971 in Long Island, New York, Clifford Smith lived with his two sisters in Long Island with his mother and Staten Island with his father.
His father taught Clifford to play the drums and learn poetry that began his early career in rap. Clifford wasn't only interested in music, he was fascinated by comic books especially the comic book hero Ghost Rider
, who would later become an alias of his. At 15, he joined the Five Percent Nation converting his name to Shakuan God Allah.
Shakuan started selling drugs and working low paying jobs (including working at the Statue of Liberty, along with future Wu-Tang member U-God). Shakuan had already made a name for himself in Staten Island as Shakuan the Poet. Shakuan met a group of cousins (Wu-Tang’s Rza, Gza and Ol’ Dirty Bastard) that were forming a rap group. The name "Method Man" came from The Fearless Young Boxer, a martial arts movie starring Peter Chen Lau.
The group recorded in Rza's basement. He was one of only two of the group to get a solo song on the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
and released on Loud Records. Def Jam signed Method Man to a solo deal in 1994.
Method Man's solo debut, Tical
, sold over one million copies, was critically acclaimed and included his biggest hit to date, "You're All I Need (All I'll Be There For You)”, featuring Mary J. Blige
. Method Man won a Grammy, before recording the second Wu-Tang album, Wu-Tang Forever
. Method Man is not only known for working solo or with the Wu Tang Clan but also New Jersey rapper Redman
. They would record How High, which lead to their duo album Blackout
. The two would be dubbed the Abbott and Costello of hip hop and fans recognized them as a dynamic duo. He would later recorded Tical 2000: Judgement Day
Method would get his first acting gig in 1998's Belly
starring Nas and DMX, he also starred in the movies One Eight Seven
, How High
, My Baby's Daddy
and Soul Plane
. He also guest starred in the TV series Oz
, The Wire
. He also co-starred with Redman in his first show, Method & Red
, however the show would be cancelled due to low ratings.
Meth released his third album, Tical 0: The Prequel
, in 2004. The album was poorly recieved by fans and critics.
Method Man's fourth album, entitled 4:21: The Day After is set to be released in August 2006.
Recently, Method Man had a conflict with New York radio host Wendy Williams. Wiliiams talked about Method's wife having cancer on the air which he has stated he wanted to keep private. Method Man addressed the situation during a video interview on the Internet hip-hop show “The Break Down." Link