It’s been about 30 years since Method Man made his hip-hop debut with his Wu-Tang group members. As a veteran rapper, Method is confused about the lavish lifestyles today’s newcomers are flaunting on social media. “Where are they getting this money?,” the Power Book II: Ghost star asked.
The Staten Island native recently appeared on Math Hoffa’s My Expert Opinion podcast and compared his financial growth as a rapper to today’s rappers who he sees consistently flying private, buying luxury cars, and showing off their stacks of money online. “I remember getting 2,500 a show. ‘All I Need’ had dropped, and I’m doing shows every f-cking day. Seven days a week,” Method Man recalled, as captured by Atlanta Black Star. “I had to tell the manager to raise the price. … Next thing I know, I’m getting 25 G’s a show, and I’m forgetting cause I love what I’m doing so much.”
Over the course of his three-decade career, the How High actor has elevated his brand as a respected actor and emcee. After grinding it out to achieve his $14 million net worth, the “C.R.E.A.M.” hitmaker is now questioning how new rappers appear to be living the good life so early in their careers.
“Now we’re in an era where these kids got more money than … son, I couldn’t imagine,” he explained. “I don’t even got a car. My kids got cars, my wife got a car. But these kids got four, five cars. I still ain’t taking private jets! I think I earned that by now. Where are they getting this money? They got a deal or some sh-t? No f-cking way that they flying private all the time. That money long as f-ck. At minimum, that’s 30 grand round trip.”
He went on to ask Math Hoffa, “Where are they getting this money from, can somebody tell me? I want to know where they getting this money from. I need that hustle,” Method said. Math Hoffa went on to explain how new rappers are receiving more money for club appearances, features, and music streams than Method did during his heyday. But the “Bring The Pain” emcee remained adamant that the streams don’t explain “where they getting this money from.” He broke it down even further.
“Rick Ross is rich, we’ve seen the estate,” Method Man said. “He earned that though. We can see where he got his money from. But some of these — where is this sh-t coming from?! We can’t see it! Nobody really listen to your music like that, where did you get this f-cking money?! It boggles my motherf-cking mind man. Every penny I got, I know where that came from. And I still don’t live like no motherf-cking Rockefeller. Not saying I can’t, but I still don’t.”