Method Man is a well loved music artist and actor, but he is most identifiable as a lover of marijuana. He is now going to host a TBS television show called, ‘Drop the Mic’ set to air this fall. Pictures and interviews of Method Man show him in a custom made suit, looking the traditional business professional. Do you think the new, professional looking, Method Man still finds his inspirations from smoking marijuana?
Method Man and Hailey Baldwin will emcee the forthcoming “Drop the Mic” series, based on James Corden’s popular “Late Late Show” segment.
The series will debut on TBS this fall and will pit four stars from the worlds of music, sports and pop culture against one another. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience will vote on the winner.
Corden, Method Man, Baldwin and Executive Producer Jensen Karp spoke about the series during Summer TCA last month in Beverly Hills. And in case Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘n Out” comes to mind, Method Man wants you to know…
“Well, for one, Nick, that show…it’s kind of like the same, but a lot of the guests that Nick brings on, they are musically inclined,” he tells EUR/Electronic Urban Report correspondent Ny MaGee. “So the guests that we bring on, not all of them are in music. We have actors. Hell, we may even get an astronaut on there, you know, to get up there and spit if he’s got the guts to do it.”
Method Man (born Cliff Smith) is best known for his work as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He is also an actor whose credits include “Oz,” “The Wire,” “Luke Cage,” John Singleton’s BET series “Rebel,” as well as an upcoming role in David Simon’s porn drama “The Deuce.”
“I could have went in any direction that life took me, but I chose to hang around guys that liked to rap and smoke marijuana. But, you know, it’s gotten me to where I am now. So I guess I was lucky,” he says.
When EUR asks the iconic rapper why now is the perfect time to “transition” into the world of TV hosting, he replies: “For me, transitioning between TV and — it’s all entertainment. So I don’t think there’s any line drawn that I can’t cross and still do me. I mean, Snoop Dogg does everything, everything, you know. It’s like you can’t even identify Snoop as a rapper anymore.”
For Method Man, the musical act that inspired him to get up for the first time and bust a rhyme: The Electric Company.
“The Electric Company,” “Sesame Street,” things like that. I would learn these jingles and genuinely got a love for music. Plus, my parents played music in the house, you know. I didn’t get up on Grandmaster Flash and all of those dudes until way later on. My real first hip-hop song that I learned every word to was Run D.M.C., “Sucker M.C.’s.”
So, what level of talent can viewers expect to see battle it out on the show? Corden explains:
“I think the most interesting thing about “Drop the Mic” when we first launched it was the first time we did it, it was on a Tuesday night with Anne Hathaway, and overnight it had been watched by, sort of, 6 — I think 6 million people had seen it in, sort of, 18 hours on YouTube after we’d done it on “The Late Late Show.”