Methodology Man, the legendary rapper, presently starring within the Starz collection Energy Ebook II: Ghost, on growing old with grace, life among the many Wu-Tang, and a sure-fire treatment for heartache.

Males’s Journal: What’s the most effective recommendation you’ve ever obtained?

Methodology Man: Save your cash since you’re not going to final lengthy on this enterprise, pal.

Who had been your heroes rising up?

I had superficial heroes—Superman, Bruce Lee, individuals like that. After I bought older, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King got here into play.

How ought to a person deal with getting older?

With grace.

What does grace seem like to you?

Simply stroll with confidence, such as you get it now. What’s that outdated adage? “If I knew again then what I do know now.” It’s like, I do know now. That’s the way you age with grace.

Who’s been the most important affect in your life?

My staff, Wu-Tang Clan. Loads of life classes discovered amongst eight, 9 completely different people.

Comparable to?

Once you’re amongst a gaggle of males, listener learns. And sacrifice. Every little thing you do isn’t for your self. It’s for the betterment of your staff.

What function ought to vainness play in a person’s life?

Appearances matter, particularly on this enterprise; your look has to ref lect your model. Me, it will depend on my setting. After I’m at house, I’m simply common. After I’m out and about and I do know persons are going to be there, I can flip up.

And what human high quality do you most deplore?

Imply individuals. What are you imply for? Imply individuals want their very own planet the place they will all be imply to one another. Let the attractive individuals keep right here and smile all day.

What dwelling particular person do you most admire?

Our Black intellectuals are doing an excellent job proper now—from Michael Eric Dyson to Neil deGrasse Tyson. I bought to shout out to my brother Cornel West. And AOC. They’re doing a lot to be heard and seen. I want I may do extra, however I’m not as eloquent as a few of these individuals.

What’s the most effective treatment for heartache?

Ice cream.

What’s probably the most indulgent buy you ever made?

An ice decide I purchased myself, a diamond ice decide.

I’ve gotta ask: How a lot does a type of set you again?

100 Ok.

Who do you invite to a dream ceremonial dinner?

Jesus. Burt Bacharach. My granddaddy, who I by no means bought to satisfy. Obama—I’d positively invite him and Michelle, as a result of I used to be on his playlist one yr; that was dope. Dave Chappelle. And Cookie Lyon, from Empire.

What journey most modified your life?

My final abroad tour. I got here to the conclusion that I wasn’t transferring ahead or progressing. No album was being put out, no films or TV reveals had been being made. I mentioned, “I’m going to do one thing completely different; I can contribute extra to this recreation than simply acting at these reveals.” I made a dedication to performing and went and slept on my supervisor’s sofa for a month. Went on auditions, took lessons. That was a turning level for me.

How do you need to be remembered if you’re gone?

I’m glad you requested that. Not too way back, any individual was asking me how I wished to be remembered and I mentioned, “Wu-Tang Clan has a district in our outdated neighborhood. I’m going to be remembered. That’s proof proper there that I used to be right here.” — Interview by Larry Kanter

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