Recap: Method Man & Redman - Live @ O2 Brixton Academy
We are pretty sure that, just like most of you reading this, we wore out our DVD of How High in our late teens. It’s largely due to that film that most of us got to know Method Man and Redman as a duo; listening to Tical or Muddy Waters on rotation most of our summers and stumbling across a copy of Blackout in HMV (feeling old yet?).
Over the years, Red and Meth have formed a big part of the soundtrack to a lot of people's skating and graffin' days. So, needless to say, we were both excited to have the chance to be in the press pit, armed with a camera and a notebook, only meters away from two legends of the Hip-Hop community.
Taking it from the top, Ocean Wisdom and Rodney P deserve honourable mentions for getting the crowd to fever pitch before the OG's hit the stage. Thanks to them for ramping up the show.
Method Man and Redman were full on from the first record scratch, treating us to tunes from their collaborative, solo, Def Squad and Wu-Tang projects. The show leaned heavily towards that 90s golden era of Hip-Hop. Old skool vibes! We couldn't be the only ones in O2 Brixton Academy psyched to hear classics like C.R.E.A.M and DA ROCKWILDER! It was a sold out show after all... and why the fuck wouldn't it be?
For two dons of the sound pushing 50, they didn't let up and, in true style, were hustling from start to finish - even selling CDs from the stage at the end of the show.
Whether you’re new to these guys or a seasoned listener, we would highly recommend seeing them live if you get the chance.
Words by Eldraw and Owen Porter
Edits by MannIn'k
Photos by Owen Porter