Clifford Smith, also known as “Method Man,” is a rapper, producer, and actor from Hempstead, United States. Method Man is primarily recognized as a member of the East Coast hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan.
Taking his moniker from the 1979 film “Method Man,” he has been nominated for multiple accolades, including Grammys.
|Net Worth:||$14 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 2, 1971 (51 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.905 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Master of Ceremonies, Songwriter, Rapper, Record producer, Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Early Life of Method Man
Method Man was born on March 2, 1971, in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. He borrowed the stage name “Method Man” from the 1979 movie “The Fearless Young Boxer.”
Smith and his sisters Terri and Missy split their time between their mother’s residence in the Park Hill neighborhood of Clifton, Staten Island, and their father’s residence on Long Island. He went to New Dorp High School, where the rapper Remedy became a buddy of his.
Method Man’s Career
He is well-known for being a part of the Staten Island-based Wu-Tang Clan, an East Coast hip hop group that was established in 1992.
Rappers GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa were among the group’s early members in addition to RZA.
Method Man was one of just two members to have a solo song, “36 Chambers,” on the Wu-self-titled Tang’s first album. Due to a unique deal, members of Wu-Tang Clan were free to sign with any record company and put out solo albums.
Def Jam acquired Method Man. The critically praised and well-received solo debut of Method Man, “Tical” (1994), debuted at #4 on the charts and sold more than one million copies.
The song “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” from the album was responsible for Method Man and Mary J. Blige winning the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
“Tical” (1994), “Tical 2000: Judgement Day” (1998), “Tical 0: The Prequel” (2004), “4:21… The Day After” (2006), “The Meth Lab” (2015), and “Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium” are the six solo albums by Method Man.
Eight albums have been published by Smith as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan: “Enter the Wu-Tang” (36 Chambers) (1993), “Wu-Tang Forever” (1997), “The W” (2000), “Iron Flag” (2001), “8 Diagrams” (2007), “A Better Tomorrow” (2014), “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” (2015), and “The Saga Continues” (2017).
Together with Redman, Smith has put out three albums: “Blackout!” (1999), “How High” (2001), and “Blackout! 2.” (2009).
In 2010, he also collaborated on the “Wu-Massacre” album with Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. The movies “Belly,” “How High,” and “Garden State” all featured Method Man, and he also made cameos in “The Wackness,” “Venom,” and “Red Tails.”
He has also played Tug Daniels, Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff, and Rodney in recurring roles in HBO drama series “The Wire,” “Oz,” and “The Deuce.” He also makes an appearance on TBS’s “The Last O.G.”
He was ranked among the Top 50 MCs of All Time in 2007 by the authors of About.com (1987–2007). He was ranked among the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time by The Source in 2012.
He joined Hailey Baldwin as co-host of the celebrity battle rap program “Drop the Mic” in 2017. He makes a cameo in “Power Book II: Ghost” on Starz in 2020.
Method Man’s Net Worth
Method Man net worth is a $14 million as an American hip-hop recording artist, music producer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the East Coast hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. In addition, he is half of the hip-hop combo Method Man & Redman.
Smith has had his fair share of legal issues: His SUV was stopped in New York City in 2007 for having an expired registration sticker.
The officer discovered two joints and a bag of marijuana, as well as more marijuana under the driver’s seat. He was charged with DWI, driving a car with an expired registration, illicit marijuana possession, and criminal marijuana possession.
He accepted a plea agreement that required him to conduct community service, which he did by rapping to children about the dangers of narcotics. Method Man was detained in his Staten Island residence in October 2009 for tax evasion.
When he failed to submit taxes in the state of New York from 2004 to 2007, he owed roughly $33,000 in taxes. In June 2010, he pleaded guilty, paid a $106,000 fine, and was sentenced to conditional discharge.
On the contentious side, he had a personal and public feud with TV talk show star Wendy Williams on “The Breakdown,” a web show on Onloq.com.
During a 2006 concert, he criticized Sean Combs’ decisions on “The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter,” claiming that Biggie would never have worked with some inferior rappers. In yet another controversy, he was cast in the Fox sitcom “Method & Red” (2004).
But the show was cancelled after only a few episodes, prompting Method Man to complain in the press over the network’s decision to use a laugh track. He was encouraging people not to bother watching the show before it even aired for the first time.
Private Life of Method Man
He proposed to Tamika Smith in 1999, and the couple married in 2001. Raekwon Smith, his son, is a Stony Brook University football player who will graduate in 2020.
Method Man was a close buddy of The Notorious B.I.G. and the lone guest rapper on his debut album “Ready to Die.” Method Man voted in the Presidential election for the first time in 2020.
On November 3, 2020, he took to Instagram and posted a photo of his “I Voted” sticker with the caption: “There’s a first time for everyone, this is mine… #firsttimevoter #vote It is not a privilege, but a right to vote.”
Method Man’s home in Staten Island, New York, was featured on “MTV Cribs” in 2001. He is still living in this house now. The house is a modest two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence that is ideal for his family.
Here are some of Method Man’s most notable career high points:
- All I Need (Song, 1994)
- Tical (Album, 1994)
- The Riddler (Song, 1995)
- Wu-Tang Forever (Album, 1997)
- What’s Happening (Song, 2004)
- Wu-Massacre (Album, 2010)
- Grammy Award (Best Rap Performance, 2011) – Won
- The Purple Tape (Song, 2015)
- The Meth Lab (Album, 2015)
- Wizville (Album, 2018)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Method Man’s Net Worth?
In 2021, the rapper Method Man is expected to have a net worth of $14 million. People believe that this individual’s net worth will expand significantly over the next few years, as he will be incredibly busy with acting, the release of new songs, endorsements, and much more.
Why Did Method Man Quit the Hip-hop Group Wu-tang?
Method Man left the hip-hop group Wu-Tang owing to financial worries and the group’s plans to enter the fashion business with their own brands. This approach was initially resisted by Method Man, and he soon left the group.