Method Man

About Say

"Say" is the first and only single from rapper Method Man's fourth studio album, 4:21... The Day After. It samples Lauryn Hill's "So Many Things to Say" from MTV's Unplugged. The song finds Method Man addressing critics and fickle fans for disrespecting him, his swag and his Wu-Tang brethren.


 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer

[Lauryn (Method Man)]
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Yeah (Yeah)
Yeah yeah (Yo)

[Method Man]
Damn, I hate it when it rain 
Ever since I came in the game
Some hated on the fame
A lot of niggas done changed 
And started actin' strange
Even labels turning they backs 
And started backing lames
Radio is the same, whole lotta speculatin' 
These mutherfuckas defacatin' on the name
Wu-Tang, if this is where the hip-hop is
Radio lyin' then, that ain't where hip-hop live
It lives in the streets, we eat to live they livin' to eat
I'm fed up, that nigga rides in 'em, givin 'em sleep
R.I.P., make me the king of all I see
And when death call I'm good I got call ID
See it was planned in the front, now they just gon' front
Like my joints is on proactive, and they just don't bump
Then niggas gon' say I lost my skill
When in fact they all been programmed
And lost they feel, fo' real

[Chorus: Lauryn (Method Man)]
They've got so much things to say right now
They've got so much things to say
They've got so much things to say right now (Yeah)
They got so much things to say (Yo)

[Method Man]
Damn, another artist chokes again
They ain't cut as close as him or even broke the skin
See how niggas ain't yo friends, when there ain't no ends
Don't care who the case offend, don't underrate my pen
I got what it takes to win, while ya'll are thinking I'm trash
Loving the taste of success and this drink in my glass
Watch 'em cosign that whack shit, give it a pass till it's gone
Quicker than Red, can't get rid of them clubs
When they're wrong, call the cops, they credibility's shot
It's time to learn, what hot really is and really is not
Off brain niggas, Meth gonna let 'em know off top
Don't get smacked on dvds, trying to show off blocks
I can't stop cause my enemies plot, or cause the cops want me
Shackled and locked inside the penalty box
And while they waitin' for my shit to flop 
They gettin' pimped like hoes
Sellin' they ass just to get my spot, come on man

[Repeat Chorus]

[Method Man]
Ask Miss Hill, half these critics ain't got half this skill
Often so hungry that they have to steal
If I didn't have my deal, and didn't have this mass appeal
Then I'm back up in that trap, swingin' crack it's real
And that ain't worth the time, so search and find a new nerve
And here's three words: stop working mine
It take a lot more to hurt my pride
Jerk my vibe more than media lies, cry when dirt dog die nigga
The last album wasn't feeling my style
This time my foot up in they ass but they feelin' me now
Cause Tical, he put his heart in every track he do
But somehow y'all find someway to give a whack review
It ain't all good, they writin' that I'm Hollywood
Tryin' to tell you my shit ain't ghetto and they hardly hood
Come on man, until you dudes can write some rhymes 
Keep that in mind when you find yourself reciting mines

[Repeat Chorus]

 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing:

Method Man

Clifford Smith (born April 1, 1971), better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American Grammy Award winning hip hop artist, record producer, actor and member of the hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He took his stage name from the 1979 film The Fearless Young Boxer, also known as Method Man. He is one half of the rap duo Method Man & Redman. He won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" with Mary J. Blige. In 2007, the writers of placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007). In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. He is also the only MC to be featured on Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album Ready to Die. more »

2 fans


Lyrics © DistroKid, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

11 facts about this song

Artist Background
"Say" is a song by Method Man, who is an American rap artist and member of the rap collective Wu-Tang Clan. His real name is Clifford Smith Jr., but he's more commonly known by his stage name.
Song History
The song "Say" was released in 2006, and it features Lauryn Hill, a renowned Grammy-award winning artist known for her work in the group The Fugees.
Album Association
The song is included in Method Man's fourth studio album "4:21... The Day After." The album peaked at No.8 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Lyrics Meaning
The lyrics in "Say" examine the struggles of life from different perspectives, offering a sincere and heartfelt look at one's lived experience.
Sample Origins
"Say" samples Lauryn Hill's unplugged version of "So Much Things To Say." The original song is a Bob Marley cover that she performed for MTV Unplugged.
Despite being listed as a feature, Lauryn Hill doesn't actually rap in the song. Instead, her voice is sampled in the chorus.
Critical Reception
The song was generally well-received, with critics praising the blending of the two artist's styles and the thoughtful lyrics.
Music Video
The music video for "Say" was directed by Juwan Lee and is in black and white. It depicts Method Man rapping in various settings, including a rooftop and an alley.
Reference to Wu-Tang Clan
In "Say," Method Man pays homage to the Wu-Tang Clan through the line "Diced pineapples, talking diamonds by the jar." "Diced pineapples" and "diamonds" are recurring motifs in Wu-Tang Clan's work.
Lauryn Hill's Impact
Despite not actively participating in the composition, Lauryn Hill's influence is heavily felt on the track, showing the power a sample can have on a song. Her soulful voice provides a poignant contrast to Method Man's deep and gritty rap verses.
Cultural Impact
The song is considered an important part of Method Man's discography, showcasing his depth as a rapper and his ability to create meaningful and thought-provoking music.

Discuss the Say Lyrics with the community:



    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


    "Say Lyrics." STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 26 Sep. 2023. <>.

    Missing lyrics by Method Man?

    Know any other songs by Method Man? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video


    50,887     1,030


    Our awesome collection of

    Promoted Songs



    Are you a music master?

    In which song does Jon Pardi describe a time when he misses his girl through a metaphor about the weather?
    • A. The Thunder Rolls
    • B. Heartache Medication
    • C. Burning Man
    • D. Rainy Night Song

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Method Man tracks

    On Radio Right Now


    Powered by

    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!

    Movies soundtrack