Kanye West recently mixed music worlds like a Ron G blend. The Chicago icon flipped the beat from Wu-Tang’s “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit,” poured in Justin Bieber’s syrupy vocals from “Runaway Love” and created a b-boy-approved remix.
Kanye and the Clan’s Raekwon Chef , of course, also rap on the new rendition. Before the VMAs on Sunday, MTV News hit the white carpet and spoke with the RZA — the producer of “Ain’t Nothin’ ” — who said ’Ye definitely had his blessing to bring back his classic 1993 beat.
“That was crazy,” RZA said of the Biebs’ remix. “[Kanye’s] boy called me up like, ’Yo, we got the remix. Check this out.’ I was like, ’Wow. Yo. What a collabo.’ I think that’s good to see. It’s always good to see each generation take the past generation to the next level, man. That’s what we do. We all inspire each other. As artists, we’re allowed to do that. So it’s all good love, man.”
RZA is now on his way to China to begin directing a kung-fu flick called “The Man With the Iron Fist.” But music is still heavy on his radar: He’s contributing to Kanye’s upcoming LP and he and Nas have been in talks about working on the Queens legend’s new opus.
“Escobar is one of the best MCs to ever bless the mic,” RZA said about Nas. “We’re still trying to figure our schedule out. We both got a lot of big life ahead of us. But we’re getting in. We’re gonna make that classic. You know what it is. Last time, Nas did a verse for me that was on ’Verbal Intercourse.’ That was a classic. To get back in and make another classic like that would be real good.”
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