(AllHipHop News Feature) "Just know my kid is home, happy, healthy, and safe!"
That was rapper Raekwon's primary response to AllHipHop.com about the recent allegations made against him as a father and a provider. The trouble all started with a tweet and is likely to end in a draw - between a self-proclaimed misrepresented mother and the beloved rap icon she once befriended and bore a child with.
On September 25 of this year, founding member of the legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon, tweeted the following:
“Me n DonP w/big bub eating at a restaurant, $500 a plate.”
That tweet prompted Raekwon’s oldest daughter’s mother, Tabatha Lewis, to speak out about the highly-respected Only Built for Cuban Linx rapper - and his alleged lack of parenting.
“…You have to become a parent! Just because you provided your DNA doesn’t make you a parent...”
Blogs across the internet reported that Lewis, who met Raekwon in 1994 while she was a senior in high school and he was on the road in North Carolina, was homeless and lost custody of her child.
Lewis alleges that Raekwon was never supportive from the beginning, noting that he already had a "girl" while she was pregnant, and wanted to "put her somewhere" for safe keeping and away from his public life.
About their current state of affairs, Raekwon offered an impassioned response - not to attack Lewis - but in the best interest of his daughter:
"Tell her I will deal with it at my leisure, and thank you! All she needs to know is my kid is fine, and she's with me and my family. I wish this lady and her other child the best. I will not stain my loving child with these allegations. She's happy, and she's focused on her education thing heavy!!!
"These things are way more important to me than a statement! I appreciate AllHipHop’s concern for my well being, but my kid hurts from this, so I will not attend that mess! You would think a mother wants to see their kid in a better space. But I don't know and don't care about her situation. She has to take responsibility for her actions!"
Listen to audio below of AllHipHop.com's exclusive interview with Tabatha Lewis, who wants to set the record straight about losing custody of her child, being homeless, and what Raekwon the chef is really like as a father: