October 9, 2013


Wu-Tang's RZA Talks Recording & Living With Interpol's Paul Banks

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Not content to merely front Wu-Tang Clan, direct movies and remix awesome indie bands in his spare time, the ever-restless RZA is working on a full-length collaborative album with Interpol singer Paul Banks.

"My manager came to me and said, 'Who do you want to do an album with?'" RZA told Rolling Stone. "I said, 'Well, Paul [Banks] just has an energy about him. I think if we put our sandwich together it will be great.' Me and Paul, we play chess together and just hang out. We went to the studio and we started writing songs and they sound very, very different than what I do, but very unique and very peculiar."

This "sandwich" isn't just a quickie mixtape they're working on, either: The album will be released through Warner Bros. when it's done. Still, you shouldn't expect to hear this rap-meets-moody indie LP anytime soon.

"We've been working on it for six months now. He just left my house. He came and spent two weeks at my house. I have a guesthouse in my studio," RZA said. "But it won't be out for a while. It may take us a year to finish this album. That's where my heart is at musically."

Speaking of strange RZA collaborations, he and Yoko Ono recently hit the stage together in Los Angeles to rap and shriek together. To find out which artist dropped rhymes and which one screamed like a woman giving birth, watch the video below.