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Method Man Explains Why He Isn’t on the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas Tour

Method Man went to Instagram to clarify why he isn’t joining Wu-Tang Clan as part of the NY State of Mind Tour with Nas.

After threats from a number of fans, Method Man took to Instagram to clear the air on his absence during the NY State of Mind Tour. The 25-city tour is headlined by New York-bred rap veterans Nas and Wu-Tang Clan, which Method Man has been a member of since the early ’90s.

“I’ma clear this s*** up once and for all,” he said in the clip. “I’ma say this one last time. One of the nicest m************ in the world, but I am not a pushover. I have sacrificed so much over the years to satisfy the fans, and I’m pretty sure that’s vice versa and that’s why I love y’all – that’s why I don’t hesitate to go all-out for y’all.

“But to be dissatisfied or to even blame me for your experience is unfair. Very f****** unfair. My brothers are super duper talented, with or without me. And I know a lot of people, or a few people, have paid their money to see me perform, but that bill said Wu-Tang Clan.”

He added, “And you know, these things happen and dudes do have to feed their families. Albums don’t sell the way they used to, I’m pretty sure you guys know that. So in order to preserve my lifestyle and to feed my family, I had to have alternative means of doing that. And I’m glad to say at 50 years old, I have options. Not everybody can say that. Everyone cannot say that they have options.”

Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Smith, went on to share that if he wasn’t filming a movie, he would have been on the NY State of Mind Tour.

“I f******* love Wu-Tang, wish I could have been on that tour with them,” he admitted. “The booking came at a bad time – I was already booked to do a movie. Only reason why I’m coming back saying this is because of my love for my fans, okay. The real fans. Not the ones that’d jump in your DMs and curse you the f*** out all call you all kinds of b******.”

The NY State of Mind Tour, which began on August 30 in St. Louis, will continue on Wednesday in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with future shows in Virginia Beach, Raleigh, Tampa, Houston and more.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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