Method Man's 2006 album 4:21…The Day After begins with a rally chant to “legalize it,” serving notice that one of hip-hop’s top performers and potheads was back with a message. His smoky voice and glib personality remains strong many years after he emerged as Wu-Tang Clan’s lead rapper.
Born on March 2, 1971 in Staten Island, New York (his real name is Clifford Smith), "Meth" appeared on the cover of High Times in 1998 and in How High, the stoner movie with Redman in 2001. It's rated the No. 9 Stoner Movie of All Time by CelebStoner.
The stony duo first teamed up on Blackout! in 1999, and in 2004 they had a short-lived TV show, Method and Red, on Fox. They stony duo often perform together, espcially around the 4/20 holiday.
Meth had a longtime recurring role as drug dealer Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff on HBO’s The Wire and has appeared in such movies and TV shows as Copland, Belly, Garden State, Soul Plane, CSI, Burn Notice, The Sitter, Patterson, Drop the MIc and Shaft. He played a Rasta ganja dealer in The Wackness.
His Tical trilogy – beginning in 1994 and continued with Tical 2000: Judgment Day and Tical 0: The Prequel – is an unabashed ode to weed. For 4:21…, he played with the popular stoner numerology and even rapped about it directly on "4:20.” Blackout 2 with Redman was released in 2009. On Wu Massacre he collaborated with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. He followed with The Meth Lab in 2015 and Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium in 2018.
Meth was busted for marijuana possession in Brooklyn on May 17, 2007. He agreed to conmmunity service in a plea bargain. In 2009, he was arrested for tax evasion.
In 2020, Meth launched Tical, his own cannabis brand, stating: “It's essential that we use our brand to help bring awareness to the social, systemic and economic injustice in communities that have struggled with oppressive mass incarceration and racially biased policing policies."
Method Man is married to Ramika Smith. They have three children.