Method Man Opens Up On His ’90s Hip Hop Heroes + The Moment Rap Went Mainstream

At its heart, VH1’s upcoming original movie The Breaks is a celebration of the best hip hop to ever come out of the ’90s. So of course the mighty Method Man had to make an appearance! But here’s the twist— Wu-Tang Clan’s very own stars as Darryl Van Puten Sr, a perennially irritated father who is skeptical of the whole rap scene. The role really must have pushed his acting chops to the limit!

Method Man came of age 25 years ago, when the events depicted in The Breaks were actually taking place. Rap was seen as underground then, with only select DJs spreading the gospel to the masses. We asked MM about his early influences, and what exactly happened when hip hop went mainstream.

Watch the interview with the rap genius below, and be sure to check out the world premiere of The Breaks on January 4th at 9 PM.

And while you’re at it, listen to this exclusive Spotify playlist for The Breaks soundtrack, featuring classics from De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy and more!