By Shaheem Reid
“Tiger style! Tiger style!” Kanye West brought back the old classic “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ Ta F— Wit” (personally, one of my favorite song titles of all time) for the remix of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love.” West puts the Bieb’s vocals over the beat while he and Raekwon ‘The Chef’ from Wu-Tang Clan lay down new rhymes. The Chef politicked his participation on Twitter. But if you’re a Wu-Tang fanatic like I am, you’ll realize that the Staten Island Sword Swinger never actually rapped on “Ain’t Nothin Ta F— Wit.’ Those mic duties were left up to Method Man and the RZA.
So 17 years later, Rae gets his chance to rock over the timeless instrumental. “You got stacks like the international House of Pancakes,” the Chef starts, bringing back memories of one of the greatest remixes of our generation (hell yeah, I said it), Jodeci’s “Freakin You.”
“Sittin’ up with two of my brothers, we both live. On deck, grabbin them on set. This is how we roll…/ Take that Queen or shorty up./ We can live it up every month, just call me up.”
Hit the jump to see an interview of Raekwon at Rock the Bells talking about “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ Ta F— Wit.”
“All I did was ride the beat and listen to what he was singing to,” Chef told MTV News last month. “I can go basic when I want to. I can go rated R, I can go rated PG. I definitely didn’t give him anything that I thought was too hot to be spoken on by a 16-year-old. I know how to read beats, and listening to the record, I just complemented. At the end of my 16 [bars], when you do hear Justin coming, it fits and it’s a great sound. I didn’t go crazy. One thing people gotta recognize about me, I’m the Chef. I know how to make spicy food, I know how to make food that ain’t spicy. I made something that fit the criteria.”
We caught up with Rae on Saturday night at the Rock the Bells concert at Governor’s Island in New York City. After the sweet bedlam ensued onstage with the Clan going through some of their gems, Rae told us that his favorite song to perform with the Clan is in fact, the record they used to rework “Runaway Love.”