When he first stepped on the scene, suckers were petrified. Now, Method Man has grown into one of hip-hop’s most beloved MCs. He isn’t known to do a ton of interviews, but on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com, Mr. Meth will chop it up with Sway on “RapFix Live.”
In 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan seemingly came out of nowhere, but now it’s pretty hard to imagine hip-hop without the nine-man Staten Island group. Method Man emerged as the crew’s first superstar (but certainly not the last) thanks to his standout solo Wu single and Mary J. Blige duet “All I Need.” These days, Meth is hitting the road with rappers Curren$y and Smoke DZA and working on his fifth solo album. When he hits the “RapFix” couch, fans can expect Meth to discuss his growth, Wu-Tang’s legacy and the future direction of his career.
Just as Method Man evolved from local rap artist to worldwide superstar, Irv Gotti went from a little-known Queens, New York, DJ to one of music’s most successful executives. After spearheading the career of 1990s rap breakout Mic Geronimo, Irv raised his stock by helping Jay-Z, DMX and Ja Rule all land deals at Def Jam Records in the mid- to late ’90s.
As a producer, Irv has crafted hits for Jay, DMX and Ja, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti and Foxy Brown. Things went sour when Gotti’s Murder Inc. record label was put on trial by the federal government for money laundering, and though Irv and his brother Chris were found not guilty in December 2005, the label never quite regained its footing.
Through it all, Gotti has remained one of the industry’s most electric personalities and premier hitmakers. There is no telling what Irv will reveal when he hits the “RapFix” couch. Tweet your questions for Method Man and Irv Gotti to @MTVNews with the hashtag #RapFixLive.