From the Department of Head-Scratching Hip-Hop Tweets, we bring you this:
We spoke to The Chef Raekwon who just had sushi for the FIRST time. Check it out!
— Hip-Hop Wired (@HipHopWired) October 28, 2013
Say what? Of course, it’s entirely feasible for anyone—musician or otherwise—to go through 43 years of life without trying sushi. But a rapper who has traveled the world as both a solo artist and a member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, and one who goes by the moniker “the Chef”? Seems a bit fishy.
But a look back into Rae’s timeline reveals the source of the story:
And those of us who have been tracking the situation closely know that Raekwon was previously thought to have eaten sushi in August of 2012, but it turned out to be a false alarm:
Rap nerds will know that the Chef moniker stands for “Criminals Have to Eat Food,” and was originally a reference to cooking drugs rather than any culinary skills. But Rae has grown into a literal interpretation of the name over the years, demonstrating his cooking talents and telling Complex about his skills in the kitchen.
The momentous dining experience went down at Sen NYC, where Raekwon and his crew ended up after a taping of Fox Sports’ The Crowd Goes Wild with Regis Philbin.
“Fine cuisine, I give it six stars. And that was really my first time ever eating sushi,” he tells HipHopWired. “It was just a nervousness of trying it at first. It was just sometimes I wasn’t into because of the look. But it’s good for your body, y’know? At first I thought it was just all about the taste and the presentation but it’s good and I was blown away.”
The best part of the story is that Rae recognized the location of Sen as the former site of the Cheetah Club, an old strip joint.