What seemed like a far-fetched idea is quickly becoming a reality. Raekwon is heading to the studio to work on a collaboration with Kanye West and Justin Bieber. The Kanye-orchestrated effort started over the weekend when he was tweeting the teen idol and casually mentioned that he would like to record a track with him and the Wu-Tang Clan member.
Raekwon, whose album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 (Gold Edition) hit iTunes this week, confirms that the unlikely pairing is more than just talk and may be on the radio before you know it. Rap-Up chopped it up with the Chef to find out what he’s cooking up and why he’s a Belieber.
Are you open to collaborating with Kanye and Justin?
Absolutely. Just on the strength that I look at them two as being great artists in the game and at the end of the day, it’s all about just keeping yourself relevant and making great music. It’s very interesting for me, so I’m sure it’s going to be killer. I can’t wait to hear it. I’m supposed to get on top of everything [today] and go see what it’s about.
Are you actually going to meet up and talk about it?
Yeah, yeah. It’s already in the makings. People are talking. So when people are talking, we have to respond to the things that we’re talking about.
What do you expect the track to sound like?
You just gotta sit there imagining in your mind what it’s gonna sound like. I already know. You dealing with top class artists—just think about that collaboration. It’s something to really question, but at the end of the day, it will be fire. I already know it’s gonna be fire.
Justin Bieber referred to you by your nickname the “Chef” on Twitter. What do you think about that?
Yo, it’s real. Right then and there, he knows hip-hop. Anybody that really respects my art, they call me Chef, so he really knows what he’s talkin’ about if he said that. These young cats, they know what they know. We can’t ever take that away from them. I try to keep myself as relevant as I can. I’m sure he recognizes the legacy and he recognizes where I came from. It was a shock to me still because he’s definitely a young cat, but it felt good to know that he knows that.
How do you feel about J.B.?
I think he’s a talented artist and I think that he’s the new generation’s Justin Timberlake. He’s a new talent and a new face in the game, and he has a great voice. I think he’s got style. For my name to be called, it’s an honor and I would work with them just for the fact that the thought even came to mind. At the end of the day, I’m down for the get-down.
So when is it going down?
I’m shooting out of town [today] to go get on top of things. By [then] everything will be solidified. I’m going in the studio. You gotta remember, the conversation was only three days ago. It’s all moving and responding to it. Sometimes ideas come to your mind right then and there and you have to make it reality now because people are interested in it. They lookin’ at it like, “Wow, a legend, a young singer, a great producer-lyricist all coming together is really interesting.” So that’s why we gotta make it happen. -RapUp