Method Man and Redman Are Still Smokin’

The Foundry, Nov. 19

Neither Method Man or Redman have had much of an impact on hip-hop in the past decade. Chalk it up to shifting tastes in the genre or lackluster releases (did you know both artists recently dropped solo albums? Neither did I) or a combination of both, but the dank duo just ain’t what they used to be musically. On stage, however, the Wu-Tang clansman and the Def Squad soldier partied like it was 1999. “We came to blow the roof off this bitch,” Method Man announced. They only had two simple rules: “You gotta have weed and you gotta have energy,” Method Man said. The latter was very abundant while the former only sparked faint wafts throughout the packed venue.

Method Man and Redman at The Foundry 1Global Media Group

Taking it back, the tag team stuck to their old school hits, performing cuts from 1999’s Blackout! and digging deep into their solo archives, all the way to Redman’s 1992 single “Time 4 Sum Aksion.” They may not have had an elaborate production, but Johnny Blaze and Funk Doctor Spock were still on fire. Despite Meth only doing one stage dive, he and and Red were in perfect form, trading verses with the occasional synchronized dance moves. They packed as many hits as they could into their tight, hourlong set, even paying tribute to Ol’ Dirty Bastard with a cover of “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and slipping in a cover of “Rapper’s Delight.” For us old heads, it was some much-needed nostalgia. For the artist themselves, it was an affirmation. “Thank you for showing love to two niggas from the ‘90s that don’t know when to quit,” Method Man said. ★★★✩✩

Set List
Errbody Scream
4, 3, 2, 1
Time 4 Sum Aksion (Redman)
M.E.T.H.O.D. Man (Method Man)
Pick It Up (Redman)
Bring the Pain (Method Man)
I’ll Bee Dat (Redman)
Da Goodness (Redman)
Ice Cream (Method Man)
All I Need (Method Man)
Fall Out (Method Man)
How High
How High Pt. 2
Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Ol’ Dirty Bastard cover)
Da Rockwilder
Rapper’s Delight (Sugar Hill Gang cover)