Method Man Doing Time On 'Oz'

Wu-Tang rapper makes TV debut in four episodes of HBO prison drama.

Ol' Dirty Bastard is no longer the only member of the Wu-Tang Clan behind bars.

Method Man, the collective's most prestigious rapper, is serving time this month on "Oz," HBO's hit prison drama.

Meth plays Tug Daniels, a young gangster who tries to exert power over a senior prisoner. The character was introduced January 29 and will be featured in four consecutive upcoming episodes, according to an HBO press release.

A multiplatinum rapper, Method Man is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in films such as "Black & White," "One Eight Seven," "Copland" and "Belly." He is also currently shooting the comedy "How High" with fellow rapper Redman in Los Angeles. Video director Jesse Dylan is directing the movie, about two friends who smoke something magical and end up at Harvard.

"Oz" marks Method Man's television-acting debut. He also appears on the show's recently released soundtrack, along with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Master P, Trick Daddy, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Goodie M.O.B., Jadakiss and Styles of the LOX, Devin the Dude and Three 6 Mafia (see "Master P, Method Man, More Break Out For 'Oz' LP").

Master P is also expected to cameo on "Oz" this season, while L.L. Cool J, Treach of Naughty by Nature, Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard, David Johansen and Sandra "Pepa" Denton have appeared in past episodes.

Method Man is currently in the studio recording his third solo album, tentatively titled Tical 0: The Prequel (see "Wu-Tang Members Returning To Studio ... Separately").

While the rapper will be doing his time on a New York soundstage, his Wu-mate ODB is being held without bail at the Queens Men's House of Detention in New York, where he faces drug charges and is due in court February 9 (see "Prosecutor: ODB Asked Cops To 'Make Drugs Disappear'").