Wu-Tang Origins: Method Man Shows You How To Hustle
Proving once again that there’s simply never a dull moment in the lives of the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man aka Shaquan aka The Panty Raider aka The Crowd Seducer drops some knowledge in a Grantland segment to provide the never-easy backstory of Wu in this origins piece. Mef gives proper service to his Staten Island block by touring the project he and the rest of Wu swore by, even taking us to the precise location where he would (literally) come out of the wood works to hustle herbal treats.
Aside from the admittedly inglorious hustle of those early days of Wu, that trade led to the humble beginnings of the east coast clique, as he was well known as the block’s best emcee and was often dropping rhymes along with dub-sacks when solicited. This was the driving force to propagating his career before RZA called upon his various talents to rhyme on what was shaping up to be Wu-Tang Clan’s boom-bap classic Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. Expressing both his admiration of the producer and his reluctance in some cases (omits from elaboration), one thing is clear; he and the rest of Wu are grateful for his introverted mad-scientist approach to manifesting the groundbreaking LP, even though they didn’t get to hear it until it was completed. Through all of their trials and sacrifices, Wu-Tang emerged as the definitive gritty East Coast group of mad-rappers, and we’re eternally grateful for that. Peep this candid stroll through Shaolin Island with Method Man below.