Birmingham gets to do its best East Coast impression as rap legends Method Man & Redman hip-hop over to O2 Institute for a Live in Concert performance on April 26th. The Def Jam signees have been working together since 1994, and have lengthy discographies as a pair, individually, and as members of Wu-Tang Clan and Def Squad respectively. Well established among the genre’s aristocracy, the duo have had lucrative careers on stage and in the studio, also appearing in front of cameras as actors in various endeavours, including the 2001 stoner film How High, a picture considered to hold cult classic status.
Regarded as many as one of the best lyricists of any era, Method Man made his name as a member of Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential collectives of all time and the group behind seven gold and platinum studio albums, 40 million album sales and the recognition and respect of most of the industry. Having also released seven albums as a solo artist, Method Man is undoubtedly about as big as it gets in hip hop.
His partner on stage, Redman, is no small figure either; since releasing his first album in 1992, Redman has been a prolific writer, putting out seven other Redman albums and a handful more as a member of various projects. A star on TV as well as on record, Redman is a performer of the highest order, and will team up with his long-term friend once more as Birmingham is treated to a night at the hands of two of hip hop’s most important people and a collection of supporting musicians.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Rap.de