DJ & Dance

Method Man

When: Sat., April 17, 8 p.m. 2010

Few rappers could loop a sample from Jerry Butler's soul hit "I'm Your Mechanical Man" and preserve the song's original groove while completely changing its meaning. But Wu-Tang rapper Method Man did just that with his hit "Bring the Pain," in which he rendered one moan from a blues ballad into one of the most memorable boast-raps of all time. With more than two decades in the game, Method Man built his persona on braggadocio, break-up raps, and a ton of weed references, but he's got a phenomenal stage presence and growly rap cadence that makes every verse sound musical. Method has an impressive screen résumé to boot: Marijuana enthusiasts may remember him as Silas P. Silas from the movie How High, while mainstream audiences know him best as the drug pusher Cheese from The Wire. Method Man has obviously matured over the years, but apparently his rap days aren't over. He'll perform Saturday, Apr. 17, at Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). 9 p.m., $35-$40.

Rachel Swan

Price: $35-$40

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