News: Raekwon Ready To Become Diddy's Bad Boy, "Let's Cut Them Checks, Puff"

Thursday, Sep 17, 2009 4:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has addressed rumors that he came close to signing with Diddy's Bad Boy Records in the 1990's and said he is now willing to join the rap mogul's label.

Aside from speaking on the old gossip, the Chef said he is currently on the prowl for a new record deal.

"I heard that too," Rae said. "We did a show at the Palladium [years back], and Puff had security with him that was from Staten Island. When we got back to Staten Island, we bump into the kid, and he told us while he was up there performing, Puff said, 'I need them two. What I gotta do?' He was excited about working with us [and] signing us too. I don't know why it ain't happen, either. You never know. Maybe he may want to do that now. I'm independent, baby. So let's get it right. Let's cut them checks, Puff. We know what time it is!" (MTV)

Raekwon previously spoke with SOHH about his relationship with Puff and getting him to host his album releae party last week.

"My relationship with Diddy is fine, you know," Raekwon explained. "It always been cool, that brother, I got a lot of respect for him, just as being a business man, just as being a man you know? Whatever differences we had in the past, it was always dealt with accordingly like men and life goes on. We not here to dwell on the past, we trying to move forward and we been established that relationship fact already. There'd be times I'd see him in Miami, we throw bottles at each other, he threw bottles at me, it's just about growing up -- It was an honor for him to want to be a part of this because I told him, 'Yo man, you the mayor of the city, you our Mayor Bloomberg regardless of what and it'd be a honor if you could be a part of it.' Next thing you know, 'I'ma check my schedule' and it happened. And I felt real good 'cause this brother coulda said 'I need seven zero's' or five zero's but when it's true friendship in a situation of what we're dealing with far as growing up in this business, that's all a part of being a real dude." (SOHH)

Raekwon recently talked about influencing hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Nas and why, despite the popularity of rap beefs, New York emcees tend to pay homage to each one's lyrical craft.

"I know them from meeting them guys out once or twice and Nas I know a little bit more because we came in the game around the same time," Raekwon said in an interview. "Jay I met before. Jay is a cool dude when he wants to be. Everybody has a certain amount of respect for one another when they see 'em at the moment but I never really hung out with dudes like that to really know them like that. But it was ways that they said, 'Yeah, you know, you're ill.' Whether they looked at me a certain kind of way or they just walked up and said 'What up?' that's how Jay came at me one day. Like 'Yo, this is back in the day, I respect you.' And I was like, 'Yo, thank-you man, much respect back.' So you know at the end of the day, we all in competition and all competitors, but it's a certain amount of respect still that New York rappers are gonna give to each other in this time. (Anna Nathan's Footage)

Rae's latest album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, landed on the charts this week.

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon has returned to store shelves with his long-delayed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2 landing at No. 4. The Chef's new album has sold a total of 67,900 records after one week on store shelves. (Sales Wrap)

Check out Raekwon's SOHH interview speaking on Diddy below:

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