The world's formal introduction to Clifford Smith -- then, now, and forever known as Method Man, the Wu-Tang Clan's most ruthless and bloodthirsty assassin-slash-MC -- came via an intense spoken-word skit on the Clan's 1993 debut, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
Before launching into his signature, eponymous track, "Method Man," (the only cut on 36 Chambers named after one of the group's MCs), Meth treats the listener to an extended, buffet-like rundown of ridiculously gruesome torture techniques.
This highly scatalogical list of, ahem, methods, includes burning anuses with a hot wire-hanger, slamming nuts in a dresser, and sewing butt-cheeks shut.
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Luckily, in the couple of decades since the Wu crew first hit the streets, Method Man has gradually transformed himself into a more conventional mainstream entertainer. He's starred in weed movies and shilled deodorant with Redman. And no doubt, this MC has softened substantially. In fact, his appearance at Cameo on February 4 even promises free champagne.
Albeit, the bubbly is limited to the first 100 ladies. But hey, that all sounds better than whatever weird shit Method Man would have had planned for the evening circa '93.
Method Man, hosting Saturday at The 400. Saturday, February 4. Cameo, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $22.50 plus fees vias wantickets.com. Call 305-532-2667 or visit cameomiami.com.