Meat Loaf invited Chuck D to work with him because of his new ''appreciation'' for rap.

The 'Bat Out Of Hell' rocker teamed up with the Public Enemy star for a track on his latest album 'Hell In A Handbasket' because he had been researching the musical genre and developed a fascination with it.

He explained: ''I have Chuck D rapping on a version of Tom Cochrane's 'Mad Mad World'. I already had Lil Jon on the record and when I started to research the rap and hip hop world, I began to appreciate the art form and the poetry involved, so I wanted a rap guy to do 'Mad Mad World'.

''The producer said, 'You want Chuck D. Your son-in-law is one of his best friends.' So I called Scotty [Ian], my son-in-law, who's in Anthrax and said, 'I need Chuck D'. An email came saying, 'Chuck meet Meat. Meat meet Chuck.' ''

Despite his rock stardom, Meat insists he never intended to pursue a music career.

He added to Shortlist magazine: ''I never figured on music, I figured on acting.''