Hip-hop titans Method Man & Redman return to the UK this summer for a run of dates. The pair, who boast phenomenal experience as hip-hop game-changers, will tear up The Ritz in Manchester on 18th July. The duo, who go by a variety of names including Mr. Mef and Funk Doc and Funk Doc and Johnny Blaze, have been collaborating since 1994. Their set at The Ritz is sure to mix new cuts and classics from their back catalogue. Really though, Method Man & Redman need no introduction. As their fans can attest, their live shows are essential.
Both rappers came up as part of a collective. As part of Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man achieved international notoriety as one of the best rappers in the game. Redman meanwhile, is part of Def Sqaud, a rap super-group comprising Erick Sermon, Keith Murray and honorary member Mally G. Method Man & Redman released their first collaborative album in 1999. ‘Blackout!’ debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and was described by Rolling Stone as “a tight-as-drum album in an era of half-assed efforts”. The album has sold more than 1.5 million copies to date and is held up as an east coast classic among hip-hop fans. Originally titled ‘Amerikaz Most Blunted’ (the title was changed to be more commercially acceptable) the album contained singles ‘Y.O.U.’ and ‘Tear It Off’.
Method Man & Redman followed it with ‘Blackout! 2’ in 2009. They achieved a different kind of fame with 2001’s cult stoner classic How High. The film was lauded by fans for its hilarious take on marijuana culture. Throughout their collaborative career, the pair have maintained their light-hearted approach. Put alongside their experience, achievements and position in hip-hop, it makes for a formidable package.
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