[artist id="1190"]Raekwon[/artist] the Chef saw [article id="1639420"]Nas' comments[/article] from earlier this week about not answering the bell for an Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ... Pt. II cameo and is looking forward to working with Esco again in the future.
"I respect that," Rae told MTV News. "I know he was going through a lot of trial and error when we was trying to get him to do his thing [on my album]. But, you know, that's my dude. I know, regardless of whatever, I know he's down for me, and we'll get it poppin' soon. If that's what it's gonna be, that's what it's gonna be."
Despite public speculation, Rae said he didn't have specific plans to make a sequel to the song "Verbal Intercourse."
"It wasn't even about reinventing 'Verbal Intercourse,' " Rae said about his plans for Nas on Linx II. "It was about, he was there for the first album. When I think about us making this album, a lot of people, a lot of my fans knew he was down with me on the first [Cuban Linx] album. I wanted to really make it happen for the sake of the fans as well as the relationship. Me and him, we always been cool. We always looked at our styles as being real similar. So I felt it was a great move. I guess, at the time, he couldn't be available. I understand. I know how it gets sometime. But at the end of the day, it's always good to know that we still the same cats from 10 years ago. That's how I am. I don't change the face of who I am because of no certain situations in the game, because our careers go where they go. If you was down with me from the door, I'm still the same old G. I'm sure he feels the same way. Like I said, ain't no love lost. If we do it again, we gonna make it tight and do what we supposed to do."
Now it's just a matter of when the two lock in the lab. Rae said his upcoming Wu-Tang vs. Shaolin LP, scheduled for September, is practically done.
"This album right here, I'm crazy happy about," Rae said. "This sh-- is mean. I'm sitting here listening to it. You never know, but I kinda already got this one in the bag, so he's probably gonna miss this one. But I'mma definitely hold him to something I feel the fans will go crazy for. But this [new album] is already in the bag. I'm trying to get this to the world ASAP. I'm 98 percent in."
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