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Raekwon the Chef has a knack for saying the perfect lines at the perfect time. There’s just something about his voice, crazy slang, laid back yet aggressive flow and choice of words.

Chef and his partner-in-crime, the Wallabee Don, always have have the flyest, luxurious, slang-filled, street shit to say, so when you hear Rae’s voice and that “Aye Yo”, you know you’re in for something special.

That’s probably why RZA picked Chef to open up so many classic Wu-Tang records. So let’s get into it, here are the 18 greatest Chef opening lines, in chronological order.

Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”

I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side
Stayin' alive was no jive
Had secondhands, Mom's bounced on old man
So then we moved to Shaolin land

Appears on: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Released: November 9, 1993

Wu-Tang Clan – “7th Chamber”

Champion gear that I rock, you get your boots knocked
Then attack you like a pit, then lock shit down
As I come and freaks the sound
Hardcore, but givin' you more, more like "Ding!"

Appears on: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Released: November 9, 1993

Wu-Tang Clan – “Can It Be All So Simple”

Started off on the island, aka Shaolin
Ni**as wilin', gun shots thrown, the phone diallin'
Back in the days, I'm 8 now
Makin' a tape now, Rae gotta get a plate now

Appears on: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Released: November 9, 1993

Raekwon – “Knowledge God”

Fake ni**as throw shit in they drinks
Club nights we snatch links, politic, Africans and Chinks
Wide World of Sport ni**as snort coke by the seconds
Ni**as projects filled with fiends injecting morphine

Appears on: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Released: August 1, 1995

Raekwon – “Incarcerated Scarfaces”

Thug-related style attract millions, fans
They understand my plan, who's the kid up in the green Land?
Me and the RZA connect, blow a fuse, you lose
Half-ass crews get demolished and bruised

Appears on: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Released: August 1, 1995

Raekwon – “Glaciers of Ice”

Stand on the block, Reebok, gun cocked
Avalanche rock get paid off mass murderous services
Chef break 'em, watch the alley cats bake 'em
Po-nine made 'em, drop grenades and take 'em

Appears on: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Released: August 1, 1995

Ghostface Killah – “Daytona 500”

Say peace to cats who rock MAC Knowledge Knowledges
Street astrologists, light up the mic God, acknowledge this
Fly joints that carry two points, Corolla Motorola holder
Play it God, E-pack over the shoulder

Appears on: Ironman

Released: October 29, 1996

Ghostface Killah – “Motherless Child”

Rich man, poor man, read the headlines
Ni**as gettin' murdered for spots and bigger dimes
Droughts and drug wars, living by gun law
Jail cats come home and want to take yours

Appears on: Ironman

Released: October 29, 1996

Fat Joe – “Firewater”

Yo, control this rap like Napoleon, half-Mongolian
Hold it, you owe me in, rock 'em like linoleum, yeah
Lex, diamonds, shinin' like you rhymin', 929-in'

Appears on: Endangered Species

Released: 1996

AZ – “Doe or Die (Remix)”

Yo, yo I roll wit brothers who puff dust lust plus
A + conniving cash you can't trust
Yo, these avalanche rock throwers, granola holders
Style is steady ready like a military soldier

Appears on: N/A

Released: 1996

Wu-Tang Clan – “It’s Yourz”

Machine-gun rap for all my ni**as in the back
Stadium packed, linebacker ni**a flash stacks
See through yellow lines, rock a fly jersey in the summertime, God

Appears on: Wu-Tang Forever

Released: June 3, 1997

Wu-Tang Clan – “Heaterz”

Blade thrower, sword swinga, killa bee ringer
Rocky road roll dark greener
Cream fademas, name your God-U Kareema
Shout out Medina, federaloes Noxzema

Appears on: Wu-Tang Forever

Released: June 3, 1997

Onyx – “The Worst”

Aiyyo, staircase to stage now, major waves
Tanktop Nautica, flippin' your daughter thirty ways
Yeah, who want mine? Bent outta shape, one time
Play the mall, starin' at your bird of all sunshine

Appears on: Shut ‘Em Down

Released: December 23, 1997

Pete Rock – “Tha Game”

Call me the black champion, Guess down, wanna test now
So let's grab the mack and vest, bless him if he stressed out
Amazing, blazin' Purple Haze spaceships
Blazin' asians in Mercedes Benz stations

Appears on: Soul Survivor

Released: November 10, 1998

Wu-Tang Clan – “The Heart Gently Weeps”

Snowy night, fiends basing
A raisin in the sun was amazing
The joint on the dresser, a gauge went off
Jumped up, fish tank, it fell, and they stuck
They shot her cousin LaVon, he owed a buck

Appears on: 8 Diagrams

Released: December 11, 2007

Raekwon – “New Wu”

Love to dress latch, get rocked
Hundred bags, black do-rags, ski masks is on, G-Wags
Don't try to take pictures, 'lax, still in the grass
You'll learn respect, bust when I ask
Rhyme-master Busy Wizzy on the subject, love Deck
Thug battles, drug vets, snub sets

Appears on: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II

Released: May 19, 2009

Raekwon – “Gihad”

Since rap got locked right before we visit the '90s
Chef in the kitchen, cooking up with the crimeys
It's late fall, dime season
We bought the crib next to Bill Clinton mother
'Cause she fuck with the Chinese

Appears on: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II

Released: September 8, 2009

G.O.O.D. Music – “The Morning”

Barbeque and blow in the back of the crib
Sitting and counting, smoking a spliff, this shit's a gift
All my ni**as' watches is rough
Grabbin' our crotches, yellin', "What up?"
The jeans cost five hundred? Fuck

Appears on: Cruel Summer

Released: September 14, 2012

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