Method Man and Redman risked pissing off all eco-minded Londoners when, at the apex of their gig, they threw hundreds of bottles of water out into the massive crowd at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Not that they or the crowd gave a toss; indeed, the water was probably quite welcome in a show that was hot, sweaty, manic and absolutely brilliant.
You’d think Redman would be the crazy one – the Jack Black to Method Man’s growly Kyle Gass. Not so. It was Meth who went batshit crazy first, leaping off speaker stacks, stage-diving and throwing things out into the crowd.
The opening acts had been an afterthought – they were either atrocious (Lady Lykez), ho-hum (Triple Darkness) or almost non-existent (Pyrelli, who performed exactly one-and-a-half songs). DJ MK kept the crowds going with a nice mix, but this show belonged to two people only. When they finally appeared, to raucous cries of “Put your hands up!” it was pretty clear that this was going to be something special.
They did it all: solo joints, stuff from their excellent Blackout! album, old Wu bangers, even ‘4,3,2,1’.
Surprisingly, it was Red’s ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ which shook the foundations the most. With Blackout! 2 imminent after a ten-year delay, this show was a potent reminder that Meth and Red are still the most lethal double-act in hip-hop.
Photo: Aneesha Pandor