PLAYBOY Journalist SAM FRAGOSO sits down with 44-year-old LONG ISLAND/STATEN ISLAND-native GRAMMY AWARD-winning Rapper/Producer/Actor CLIFFORD "METHOD MAN" SMITH for the PLAYBOY LUCKY 7!!!
Unless you have been completely living under a ton of rocks, you know that METHOD MAN is a founding member of iconic Hip Hop collective, WU-TANG CLAN, and one-half of duo, METHOD MAN & REDMAN.
he is currently preparing for the release of his forthcoming film, The COBBLER.
Here are some interview highlight:
What’s next for you? More acting. I’m focusing more on the acting than the music right now. Honestly, no one wants to be a 50-year-old rapper. This is a young man’s sport. I give it to them. That’s why I can’t knock what’s going on with the music now because obviously someone is listening, someone likes it. So let them have it. Let them run with it. If they want to turn up, let them turn up. Who are we to turn it down? We sound like our parents, “Turn that shit down! Don’t want to hear all that crap!” Nah man, let em’ live. Shit, I know I had fun when I was in it. I’m still having fun. Let them kids live, let them have fun.
And now, the PLAYBOY LUCKY 7: METHOD MAN:
What was your first exposure to Playboy?
Oh, sh*t. Well we didn’t have Playboy. It was a black household. I don’t remember the names but we had black porn up in there. My little exposure to any kind of half-porn was probably a Funkadelic album. Dr. Funkenstein and stuff life that.
What movie scared you the most when you were a child?
Friday the 13th and I hadn’t even seen it. It was the way my cousin described it. It scared the sh*t out of me. I didn’t want to meet Jason. I was about six, seven years old. He gave detail for detail how people were dying. You gotta remember this was the 2nd slasher flick behind Halloween. I think Halloween came first and then Jason. And it wasn’t even actually Jason. But the name Jason was so prevalent. I was like, “Woah who the f*ck is this?” I’ve seen it since then. I’m a big horror movie addict.
What is your pop culture blind spot?
I think I should’ve seen Boyhood by now. As far as music, who had a great album? Oh, Drake! If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Haven’t listened to that yet.
If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Freedom. Can’t have that right? Maybe p*ssy.
What was your first car?
Toyota. A 4-Runner. I was in love with that truck. It was bought with my first big hip-hop check from Wu-Tang. And it was in my sister’s name because I didn’t have a license. Never got pulled over in that car, though. It had black tints on it, rims, golden trimmings, wood panels. Poppin!
What was the first song you knew all the words to?
“Sucker MC’s.” Don’t even ask me now, I can’t … go through that whole sh*t.
What was your favorite mistake?
Not finishing high school. That was one of my biggest mistakes. Four years ago I got my GED so I’m good. Education is key man. I just wish I would’ve stayed in school. That always haunted me because I was smart enough to finish but I just wanted to work. Probably study business so nobody could rob me.