The Chef chops it up with MTV about his upcoming collaboration with Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
All I did was ride the beat and listen to what he was singing to. 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.
Rae also speaks on the recording session. Transcipt is included after the jump for those that can’t listen.
Kanye was just being Kanye. He was definitely excited. The energy in the room was already speaking for itself. It was time to get up and have fun on the track together. We was drinking, laughing, being normal cats. At the same time, we had a houseful of celebrities in the house as well. [Kanye] was moving through the facility checking out the studios he had. He had three studios in there.
You had Akon in the building. Mos Def was just chillin’. Mos is a good friend of ‘Ye’s. You had Charlie Wilson, the legendary cat from the Gap Band. Chris Rock walked in. These are guys that really respect who ‘Ye is. ‘Ye’s energy is cool. He’s a normal cat. A normal Chicago/world cat. Very mature. Having a great time.”
While I don’t have too much of a problem with this, I’m mainly excited that this remix has sparked the opportunity for future Kanye/Raekwon collabs.
We sat down and we talked about it, we talked about doing things in the future. This is just the beginning. This is something that was supposed to happen a long time ago. He started throwing on them tracks, ideas started coming to my head. I was like, ‘If this cat produces a Rae and Ghost record, what could come out of it?’ Every album, he evolves. He’s always doing the extra, or absurd, the abnormal, but it sounds crazy.