Chefs are always in the kitchen, right?

We are just two weeks into 2018 and Wu-Tang Clan wordsmith, Raekwon seems to be on a roll with the release of melodies. Last week, he dropped two singles, “The Sky” and “The Biz”-where he sampled the great Biz Markie, and this week he dropped yet another single, “It’s A Shame.” That marks three tracks The Purple Tape emcee has dropped so far, in the wee weeks of the new year.

Released Jan. 11, one day before his birthday (and on that note, we wish Raekwon The Chef a very sincere happy birthday today, Jan. 12!), “It’s A Shame” samples Detroit rhythm and blues legends The Spinners 1970 hit version of the song thanks to the mastering deeds of RoadsArt.

Clearly, this is a Staten Chef track, with mentions of rolling with fellow Wu brother Cappadonna, profiling a typical day in the life of the hip-hop OG. The instrumental offers fair signals of funk, which The Spinners sample is solely responsible for, with its bouncy tempo and lead vocals.

It’s pretty obvious Rae has something in store for this year. He is clearly following some type of strategic measure, with his recent release of abrupt tracks. Last year, he released his seventh studio album The Wild, a gem that overall reflects on his stance as a hip-hop icon after over two decades of verbal exploit, which gained a highly generous acclaim by the masses. Let’s remain on standby for the chef’s next meal. Listen to his latest track “It’s A Shame,” below.