Long time Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon recently talked about working with Dr Dre on his latest "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2" track "Catalina," revealing that Busta Rhymes was first on the hook, not Lyfe Jennings. Raekwon first talks about the success of the song and making it with the hit producer. "'Catalina' was a vicious record, and we always knew that was going to be a hit," he explained in an interview.
Rae then explains taking Busta off the hook. "I remember when I actually sat in the studio with Dr. Dre and he first played it for me. I looked at his face and I could tell that he really loved the beat. I loved it because it's my kind of beat. It was still hip hop, but it had savoir faire to it…At first we didn't have the hook. Believe it or not, the first hook had Busta Rhymes. Busta's the one that put me and Dre together. The first hook had a little reference from Busta Rhymes. He was singing and having fun. I liked his hook too, but we decided to change it because we don't want people to start thinking Busta's a singer. He's not that kind of artist, plus he was having fun. It wasn't nothing that he was banking on doing. We knew that record was going to the top." [Raekwon ft Lyfe Jennings – Catalina – Listen Here]
Raekwon ft Lyfe Jennings – Catalina