Method Man Almost Died in Drive-By, Recounts Rza

The Wu-Tang Clan almost never existed, according to a recent interview CNN conducted with RZA.

Apparently Meth nearly died in a drive-by shooting before the crew even formed. RZA details the incident in his forthcoming book, The Tao of Wu, writing that Meth was walking to buy marijuana at 160 Park Hill Avenue in Staten Island the house in Wu-Tang’s “Protect Ya Neck” video when, by chance, RZA saw him from across the street.

“Come over here, yo!” he beckoned. “[Meth] stopped and came running over. A few seconds later — pow-pow-pow-pow-pow! — a guy started shooting up the front of 160. A buddy of ours, Poppy, an innocent, school-going, nice guy — he was shot and killed right there.”

“Meth always brings it up … that that day saved his life,” the seminal producer told CNN. “He actually said, if it was anybody else calling him, he wouldn’t have came.”

That wasn’t the only incident that could have stopped the Wu from forming like voltron. Rza says in ’93 he was acquitted of an attempted murder charge. If convicted he would have had to serve eight years behind bars.

“Either one of those incidents could definitely have derailed [Wu-Tang],” he explained to CNN. “Of course, myself being the Abbot, the one who came with the idea, if I wouldn’t have made it out of that tumultuous time it seemed like I wasn’t going to make it out of it; there was a lot of odds against mebut we stood strong, and self-defense made sense to the jury. We beat that.”

“It was the victory over that incident that made me change my whole direction,” he added. “In a way, it’s double-edged in that incident. One, if I would’ve lost that, yeah, Wu-Tang wouldn’t have happened, but also it’s the victory of it that inspired me and gave me the drive also to go and really get serious about Wu-Tang and the things I was dealing with.”

The Tao of Wu hits stores on Thursday (October 15). – Max G

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  • Renegade

    Throught it was breaking news. XXL u gat me.

  • Beast McCoy

    Did this really need to be posted? This is something that could have been included in a interview with RZA.

  • drak boy

    oh wow….. sorta like this one time when i almost ate this cookie without having any milk around. i could’ve choked and died then i would never be able to post this…..oooooo ooooo and this other time when this car almost hit me but it didnt and it kept going. ether one of those events could’ve derailed this post…………….. dam

  • C_EASE

    shut the fuck up, read it or dont.

  • Tre

    I think some of y’all just comment to have some shit to complain about. If you didn’t like the story, so the fuck what? Go do something else. Quit crying about it. Or, get in the business and write your own shit.

    “Everybody telling you how to do it, they never did it”- Jay-Z

    Yeah I quoted it. What you gon say I’m a dickrider now?

    So is ya mom. Thats how you got here. Lol

  • Money Mitch

    Even though this is more than 10 years old it’s still FAR MORE INTERESTING than hearing about j.r. writer gettin’ shot!!!