Method Man & Redman rocked out the Newport Friday, rapping a mix of the beloved duo's songs and, well, whatever the hell else they felt like.


Method Man & Redman rocked out the Newport Friday, rapping a mix of the beloved duo's songs and, well, whatever the hell else they felt like. Photo by Paul Meara.

By Paul Meara

Method Man & Redman have touched thousands of stages over what seems like thousands of years, but they always seem to know how to keep a show fresh.

Recently touching down at Newport Music Hall, the legendary hip-hop duo came out with swagger as only Method & Red could. The two trotted out joints from both Blackout and Blackout 2 to get the crowd's energy building.

After about four tracks from their collaborative material, Meth stopped the show and decided to bring it back exclusively to the '90s. To build the energy, the duo covered House of Pain's 1992 hit "Jump Around" and made the crowd go bonkers. The two then busted out some of their solo/other group-affiliation material as Method Man performed "M.E.T.H.O.D. Man" to even more audience elation. At the end of the song he did his trademark crowd walk - something he would do multiple times before the night was over.

Interestingly, the theme of the night was less about celebrating Method & Red's catalog as a duo as much as it was performing what they wanted to whether it was really theirs or not. Meth performed his verse off of Raekwon's 1995 song "Ice Cream" and in tribute of Ol' Dirty Bastard's 2004 passing, the duo danced around to his 1995 goliath "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."

Toward the second half of their set Method Man & Redman traded songs, each performing tracks off of their more acclaimed albums. For Meth it was Tical; Red, Dare Iz A Darkside, Whut? Thee Album and even a little Muddy Waters.

Perhaps the part of the night that got fans most excited had little to do with music. Redman stopped the show with only a few songs left to announce the two working on creating a sequel to their 2001 stoner epic How High. Sufficed to say the crowd was happy (and probably increased the venue's weed-smoke-to-air ratio).

As a finale, Red & Meth closed with "Da Rockwilder" - the only obviously missing song from their set. Would've liked to hear "Blackout," but it didn't happen. Oh well. Method & Red are going to do what they do regardless. Advice for next time: Organize only the most energetic in the moshpit or Method Man will call you out.