Hip-Hop legend and pop culture icon, Method Man, is back with another installment of ‘The Meth Lab’. Like the first ‘Meth Lab’ album, the project is a platform curated with friend and collaborator Hanz On that draws upon the Staten Island hip-hop community to put on other artists and up-and-coming rappers deserving a shot. The squad – including some of Wu-Tang’s finest / affiliates and according to Mef,“new cats from Staten Island we thought was dope” – offers up a collection of records that are bound to get the real hip-hop heads going.
‘The Meth Lab II: The Lithium’ was recorded in Meth Lab Studios on Staten Island and will drop later this year via Hanz On Music Entertainment (H.O.M.E.) / ONErpm. Today the team have revealed the first taste of the album – setting the stage with the only solo Method Man track, “Grand Prix” – with the production focusing on deep, in-the-groove hip hop beats and Method Man’s distinctive delivery, showing he’s still at the peak of his powers as a rapper and one of the most influential figures the genre has created.
“The track is a return to Method Man’s true form: dark undercurrents mixed with sharp wordplay and seamless delivery. It’s that skill-set that has kept Method Man a continuous torchbearer for real rap, and his most obvious attribute.” – Billboard
Method Man, aka Clifford Smith, is one of the standout members of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated collective the Wu-Tang Clan. With over two decades in the spotlight, he has become an entertainment icon – winning Grammy awards for his musical masterpieces and lending his acting skills to cult favorite films and TV shows. He’s currently a series regular on HBO original program ‘The Deuce’, host of TBS’ musical reality competition show ‘Drop The Mic’, and was cast in the upcoming comedy ‘Son of Shaft’.
HANZ ON / H.O.M.E.
Anthony Messado, better known by his stage name Hanz On or Hannibal The Great, is a former Ice Water Inc. emcee that has worked with hip-hop greats including Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Pimp C, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, and more. His label, Hanz On Music Entertainment (H.O.M.E.), released his final solo effort, ‘BARCA,’ in March 2017 and will present the second installment of Method Man’s Meth Lab series, ‘The Meth Lab II: The Lithium’. The label has also signed several artist and producers with projects tentatively dropping towards the end of 2017. For more information on H.O.M.E. check out Messado’s exclusive interview with Forbes HERE.
ONErpm is a redefining force in the new music economy and one of today’s fastest growing music companies. With offices and studios in New York City, Nashville, Miami, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Bogota, and Mexico City, ONErpm occupies a unique space between traditional record label and distribution company. They leverage proprietary technology, marketing, analytics, and localized support to deliver business solutions to over 120,000+ artists, music labels, and video creators worldwide. Home to over 2,500 YouTube channels that collectively generate 7 billion+ plays a month, ONErpm is also one of the world’s largest YouTube Multi Channel Networks (MCN) specializing in music.