In Numbers: The crazy career of Method Man
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In Numbers: The crazy career of Method Man

Method Man is a highly versatile MC who has been a constant presence since the late 1980s. Rising to prominence as part of the legendary Staten Island crew The Wu-Tang Clan in the mid-1990s, the rapper (real name Clifford Smith Jr.) is loved for his intricate lyricism, partnership with Redman and his famous stoner comedy How High, a must-watch that will have viewers laughing out loud. Known as one of hip hop’s greats, Method Man is undoubtedly a talent.

With the Staten Island rapper rising to fame during the mid-1990s, his career would not begin officially until his crew released their debut single, ‘Protect Ya Neck’. With this track, the Wu-Tang Clan found a buzz. They would not only maintain this buzz, but they would build a legacy. 

With Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) getting released in 1994, the crew would go on to reach extraordinary heights together on Loud Records. However, the ensemble would eventually dissipate after Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s fatal overdose in 2004 and would head in a plethora of different directions individually. 

While other members succeeded in their careers, they didn’t necessarily find success in music. Original Clan member RZA did find moderate success in the field of acting. RZA has featured in many films, including the 2007 film American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington, and has even directed films such as the 2017 film Love, Beats, Rhymes starring Jill Scott, Common and Azealia Banks. 

However, irrespective of RZA’s success in Hollywood, it paled compared to Method Man’s success in music. After the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man paired with Redman to form the duo Method Man and Redman. The duo starred together in the 2001 stoner film How High and, in 2004, even went on to get their own sitcom on the Fox network. Furthermore, the duo’s debut album, Blackout! went platinum upon release. 

Method Man has achieved great success as a solo artist but still pays respect to the Wu-Tang Clan in all of his interviews and has toured with them several times despite the fragmented nature of the crew. With such an illustrious career, it is only fitting that we look back and analyse the facts and figures that detail the crazy career of Method Man.

Method Man’s solo albums:

Across his career, Method Man has released a total of seven solo studio albums, four collaboration albums and one soundtrack. The rapper’s most successful solo album is his debut album – Tical, which was released in 1994. The album peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 and is certified Platinum.

Method Man’s most successful solo single from a solo studio album is ‘I’ll Be There For You (You’re All I Need To Get By’ featuring Mary J Blige. The single is a remix of ‘All I Need’ by Method Man and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995.

Method Man’s most streamed songs:

Method Man’s most streamed song as a lead artist is ‘Da Rockwilder’ from his debut album, The Blackout!, as part of the duo Method Man & Redman. The song was the second single from the album and currently has 136.8 million streams on Spotify alone. As a duo, they were both lead artists.

Method Man’s most streamed song as a featured artist is Notorious B.I.G’s ‘The What’ which currently has 43 million streams on Spotify.

Method Man’s biggest video on YouTube:

Method Man’s biggest video as a lead artist on YouTube is ‘Da Rockwilder’, which currently sits at 46 million views.

However, his biggest video as a featured artist is the Wu-Tang Clan’s renowned song ‘C.R.E.A.M’, which currently has 168 million views.

Method Man’s net worth:

As of 2022, Method Man has an estimated net worth of $14 million; a large proportion of Method Man’s wealth derives from his movie How High, which is still regarded as a classic.

He also owns a lot of his masters from later Method Man and Redman projects.