In the famously ephemeral world of hip-hop, Method Man and Redman have been stars for nearly a quarter of a century.
They both have solo histories full of huge hit songs and albums, and they've both been part of legendary groups and collaborations. Method Man became perhaps the biggest solo star of Wu-Tang Clan, which spawned a half-dozen or so famous rappers. Redman established himself as a solo artist before he became a member of the Def Squad in the late '90s.
But the longest collaboration either has had is the one they share. Method Man and Redman have worked together on a couple of classic albums, including the critically lauded 1999 album "Blackout!" (and the follow-up, "Blackout! 2" 10 years later), a number of hit singles and several tours. They also starred together in the 2001 stoner comedy "How High," which developed out of some of the songs on "Blackout!," and a really bad Fox sitcom called "Method & Red" in 2004.
It's been five years since their last collaboration on record, but Method Man and Redman are still drawing crowds, and great reviews, when they perform together in concert. They'll be in downtown St. Petersburg on Friday, for a show at Jannus Live.
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Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $27-$45. Information: 727-565-0550, jannuslive.com.
-- Marty Clear