Raekwon the Chef has cooked up some marvelous shit during his illustrious rap career. Since he went to "war with the melting pot" on Wu-Tang Clan's first single "Protect Ya Neck" in '92, Shallah put out a string of memorable solo albums (including the classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... series), made outstanding co-starring appearances on countless stellar Wu releases (most notably with his Co-D Ghostface Killah), and spit darts on tracks with everyone from the late Big Pun to teen twitter-throb Justin Bieber.

Yesterday he released yet another solo album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, which sounds like some of his best work to date. So we felt it was the right time to go chop it up with the Chef to break down what we feel are the 25 most essential songs in his never ending catalog of crack. And you know Louis Rich Diamonds is always down to connect, politic, ditto. Put your shoes on.

As told to Daniel Isenberg (@stanipcus)