Method Man Addresses Comments On Summer Jam

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 01: Method Man performs during the 2024 Roots Picnic at The Mann on June 01, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images)

Method Man has offered some clarification on his recent comments about his experience with the Summer Jam Festival this year. TMZ caught up with the rapper and actor and Meth explains that he doesn’t fault the younger crowd for their reaction to his set with Redman. He says his main goal was to show up to support New York as well as Mister Cee. “I wasn’t mad at the crowd,” he says. “…It was just a generation gap. I showed grace.”

On the other hand, the rapper doesn’t agree with the amount of pushback he’s gotten. “I don’t think it’s fair,” he began. “I would never point my finger at the crowd for not liking my music…I was there for Mister Cee and it was New York.” Meth continues: “I figured, I’m in New York, I’m in my backyard. [People] know who I am.”

“I Wasn’t Mad,” Method Man Says

The rapper also says that moment was more about self-awareness of the changing times. That said, Meth has no regrets about his comments and claims that it’s more about how the message was received: “There’s a lot more ignorant people in the world than smart people.”

On Sunday, June 2 at UBS Arena, Hot 97 kicked off its annual Summer Jam Festival. Following the crowd’s lack of enthusiasm for his performance with Redman, he hopped on social media and claimed he would never perform at the annual show again. “Not our crowd at all,” he posted in the comment section of Hot 97’s Instagram. “Thanks again, New York and the whole tri-state plus Pete and Ebro. I got love for you guys, but never again, at this point, the generation gap is too wide for me.”

Despite this, it looks like Method Man enjoyed himself at another popular festival, the Roots Picnic. The annual Philadelphia-based festival featured Method Man, Red Man, as well as Black Thought, Common, Freeway, and more.