The great Kanye, Raekwon, Justin Bieber collaboration is actually a mashup of “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit” and young Bieber’s “Runaway Love.” The story begins on Twitter when Kanye shouted out Justin. The two got to patting each other on the back and Kanye suggested they work together… along with Raekwon.
An I’m honored that you like my Music @JustinBieber!!! You gotta hear the album. Maybe we can do something together. Me, You and Raekwon
Justin Bieber, a throwback to virginal Mickey Mouse Club pop, recognizes the irony aligning himself with big scary rappers. Both he and Kanye understand the pop culture magnitude and humor in remixing “Runaway Love” with Raekwon the Chef. Delighted to see his name mentioned by two of the biggest artists in the world, Rae got his ass over to Kanye’s studio.
Kanye is the master of making authentic yet mainstream rap music and thus the ideal candidate for such an undertaking. Raekwon raps his heart out because he knows what it means for his career to make headlines with Kanye and Justin Bieber. Kanye breaks out his sharpest Wu references to keep up.
Heads can rest easy. The “Runaway Love” remix is unfettered Wu-Tang with Justin Bieber doing his best Michael Jackson impression. Not only does the song work, it sounds eerily natural. Justin appears as a sample on the hook and Raekwon doesn’t strain himself to accommodate the teenyboppers.
The track is more a quirk of the Internet age than a major crossroads in popular music, but if Team Bieber starts bumping Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, we can look back on “Runaway Love” as “Walk This Way” 2010.