Method Man will be celebrating 30 years since making his professional debut on wax in less than a year. However, the Wu-Tang Clan legend remains incredibly active with music and the pursuit of perfection. Iron Lung released the latest look from its next Methamphetamine Lab 3, “Butterfly Effect.” This one features RJ Payne, an adamant MC from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who has worked with some of the same key figures as Meth: Eric Sermon, Redman and Inspectah Deck. Even with a career topping the major label charts, Meth’ has always paid close attention to the fight circuits and the hip-hop underground, championing artists ranging from LOSS and Sean Price for Blimes Brixton and CZARFACE.
“Butterfly Effect”, appearing on the official Ambrosia for the heads playlist (embedded below) and coming on video, opens with Method Man’s rap: “Thirty for thirty, my jersey dirty, my crew back / I pull a thirty like Stephen Curry, my shoes out of whack / So locomotive, you lose track, confuse the facts / You think Kodak, but with more thought than two Blacks / Standing ovation got you clapping / Debating most of these rappers backpack, I got two straps / My cadence half Meth’, half amazing, that’s two facts / And laymen got these women’s intuition like you snack / I’m OJ out of jail, juice back / I moved to Green Bay just to move packs / Same way I used the system, I use the rap.“On a discreet pace, Method Man gets comfortable and puts his feet on the competition.
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RJ makes his guest shot count, spitting compound bars and a punchline that shines alongside Method Man: “Check the post, ni**a, I got Clifford Smith’s method / Invested to get rich, it’s as accurate as it gets / Every bar is fucking majestic, suggest you should hit your spliff / F*ck with respect, get shuffled on deck / My brain chemistry can change history, now it’s the butterfly effect / I smothered tech, don’t get me out that bag for a rep / For trouble, I’ll protect, the doctor will pull a couple out your neck, woo / Public figures, my budget bigger / Level up, I’m Geppetto, it’s too much puppet ni**as / Nothing greater than my love for culture / Don’t pull the trigger, the slugs will fly, sing you a lullaby, the more I deliver.”
This month, Method Man also appeared in another standout visual. He joined fellow New Yorker Papoose for “Heat 7,” a 2021 song that was a highlight of Pap’s 12-album feat. This one belongs to Septembera collection also including the production of Large Professor on “Cold winter,” with Gift Passport.
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On a sample of Soul which cries, Method Man spits:It’s all bidness / No card limit, tinted black car, I put y’all in this / Search and it hurt rented cars / When God spits it out, like SARS with it, y’all get it / Call those bars sick like last taken with this, your bars soft / Soft, breathless, just take it off the end, I’m offended / 59 fifty, I’m genuine, ’cause you all equipped / Bars, twice as hard that park benches my palm itches / You choose all sides, it’s suicide, we different / I’m Scott Pippen, nice around the mics, my palm grips ‘/ ‘Nother palm lift my Charles Dickens now, pause, listen / You think the ball slips / No vacation, you think the ball stumbles / Conversation, look at the dripping boy / No competition, I put the model in composition.“Like RJ, Pap’ corresponds to this energy. “I hate when New York plays New York / Makes me upset that we lose anyway / It’s like when the Yankees play against the Mets / Breathe fire like Ghostface, U-God, Rae or Meth’ / My pen deadly as Jigsaw, play the game of death / The Criminal spirit album cover strap like KRS / The winner of the basketball tournament trophy, I pay the reps / I stand for perfection, both hands are traitors, I’m ambidextrous / You can’t beat me or outdo me with a fancy necklace / My aura can’ I don’t want to be awkward, I arrange bullies, hoodies, woolens on the reckless bench / I have trust funds for my loved ones, my family is precious / My crown barks more than Charles Bronson / This can’t be a death wish.”
Last month, Clifford Smith won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” on Power Book II: Ghost.
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#BonusBeat: A deepening AFH interview with Method Man, where he discusses the first one methamphetamine Laboratorynot cursing for years, and his love of Hip-Hop: