Kanye West's remix of Justin Bieber's 'Runaway Love' surfaces online

kanye-bieberImage Credit: Kevin Knight/Retna Ltd; Scott Legato/FilmMagicLess than a month after it was first discussed over Twitter, Kanye West’s remix of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love” has leaked online in rough form. As previously reported, the remix also features Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon, who told us it constituted “a historical moment for hip-hop.”

West laid Bieber’s “Runaway Love” vocals over a reworked version of the beat from the Wu-Tang Clan’s immortal “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F— Wit.” That song, incidentally, came out a year before Justin Bieber was born. The remix also features a quick verse from West (“Last name West and my teeth diamonds/She said, ‘What’s your occupation, crazy rhyming?'”), plus two verses from Raekwon. As promised, Rae kept his lyrics PG.

The only version of the remix that’s out there is smothered in “exclusive” DJ tags, and it may or may not be the final version intended for release. A Bieber rep says his label is trying to get it pulled from YouTube right now. In the meantime, have you heard this remix? Did it live up to your expectations? Will hip-hop ever be the same?

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  • Jay

    Somebody forgot to take out the TRASH…this song is HOT GARBAGE…lol

    • Mike

      that wasn’t funny….

    • Jay

      just to make sure, i meant the song is trash…i was not referring to Justin Bieber…Anna is a racist piece of crap! and Chris, you probably are yourself…and Mike, shut up.

  • Jon

    Wow…really?

  • sally

    OMG, don’t get me wrong, Kanye sounds great but talk about selling out. LMAO over Bieber really sounding like a ten year old girl. I almost feel embarrassed for him.

  • chris

    What’s so bad about it? I bet you are hot garbage.

    • Jay

      I love how you take it personal when i don’t like a song…i love Kanye’s music, but he ruined a classic 90’s hip-hop song…Raekwon’s verse was lackluster and Justin Bieber’s vocals seemed to be a little off with the rhythm of the beat…and his singing isn’t anything special here…hot garbage.

  • Nick

    I like the song its pretty good, I just like when stuff like this is done every once in awhile and not all the time.
    Leave it up to Kanye West to take music in whole ‘nother direction!

  • jonalisa

    It’s not hard to figure out. Kanye is riding the Justin wave. It’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. HE WANTS THE MONEY that Bieber fans will bring in. He probably doesn’t even like him. He’s a greedy fame whore.

    • LaineyT

      If Kanye was “all about the money” I seriously doubt the whole Taylor Swift episode would have happened. Maybe he just thought he could bring a new appreciation to a mainstream song with a genre fusion. That’s the great thing about cover versions and mash ups.

  • al

    thats what all artists do they strike why the irons hot…y do u think evry1 wants drake on their songs cuz hes hot right now…same with bieber…gosh calm down stop hatin on kanye ..decent song

  • D

    I luv the song! I think kanye is a musical genius! His recent singles have been disappointing, but this remindes me of the good old kanye. I luv the way he mixed in justin biebers singing! I encourage kanye to keep doin stuff like this and im excited to see wats next. Go on kanye!

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