Method Man has opened up about his mental health struggles, talking extensively to Kevin Hart about his new methods of processing things.
On the May 4 episode of Comedy Gold Minds, which is Hart’s podcast on the SiriusXM radio network, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper discussed how seeking therapy benefitted his life overall.
“I was my own shadow, meaning I was in my own way,” he said to the comedian. “I had to get out of my own way. I saw that I could not control the people around me, but I could control myself. One thing that stood out for me, when I was younger – basically being a little dirty kid with nothing, no control over where I lived, what I ate, where I slept. But I had these sports – football and lacrosse – there I had control and I was good at it.”
He continued: “So I needed those little moments where I need to be in control of what goes on in my life. I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘I’m tired of myself. I want better for me, I have more to contribute, and start there.’ Self-check, absolutely. If you don’t, sooner or later, somebody else is gonna check you.”
Method Man is just the latest rapper to go public with his newfound thinking on mental health. In recent years, rappers have discussed their struggles more openly, even when it was inconvenient to do so.
One such rapper who recently opened up about his failing mental health was Desiigner, who opened up about admitting himself into a mental health facility on what also served as his 26th birthday earlier this week.
The “Panda” rapper was charged with indecent exposure following an April flight from Japan back home to the States and he decided it was time to get help.
The Brooklyn native penned a heartfelt letter to fans letting them know “Timmy Turner 2” was on the way and he’d be going off the grid for a bit as he entered the facility.
“I turned 26 today and i want to thank ya’ll for holding me down,” he wrote to Instagram on Wednesday (May 3). “I admitted myself into a facility last week to focus on my mental health. But before that i had planned to release TIIMMY TURNER 2 this week as a surprise to my fans. I recorded this joint a while ago and it reflects on where i’ve been mentally over the past year.
“Sorry i can’t promote it the way i like to cause i’m off the grid, but i just want to give you some new music while i take time away to become a better me. I’m going through a tough time right now but i won’t let my struggles define who i am. I will come back stronger and make more music that connects with all of you on a deeper level.”
He continued: “For those of you dealing with any mental health issues, it’s okay to ask for help.”