RZA Is Releasing His Collaborative Album With A Rock Legend, And It Costs $120
Remember Achozen? Back in 2006, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian announced that they were forming a group together, and that they were working on an album under that name. In 2008, they released the single “Deuces” (featured below) which could be heard during the opening credits of the film Babylon A.D., starring Vin Diesel. Not much else was released besides this single, and the world seemed to forget about the project over the following years.
Both parties subsequently went their separate ways over the next few years. RZA was focused on a Hollywood career, notably directing and starring in The Man With The Iron Fists, all while juggling the Wu-Tang Clan’s 20th anniversary reunion tour and their 2014 album A Better Tomorrow.
For those unfamiliar, Shavo Odadjian is the bass player in the heavy metal band System of a Down. As a band, they haven’t released any new music since 2005, when they joined the company of 2Pac, DMX and very few others by having two number-one Billboard charting albums in the same year (Mezmerize and Hypnotize). While Shavo has not released new music, he has been touring heavily with the band, including 2015’s Wake Up The Souls Tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide (all of System’s band members are of Armenian descent).
This brings us to the present day, where releasing surprise albums seems to be the current trend. RZA has released the 8-song collaborative album, Achozen, notably not including the previously released “Deuces,” but has done so through a partnership with Boombotix. As of this posting, the album cannot be downloaded, and there are no CDs or vinyl copies. In order to hear the LP, fans will have to purchase a $120 handheld Boombot PRO speaker, which will have the project embedded inside it.
While it is unclear if there are plans for a standard release with digital, CD and vinyl copies in the future, this current release does limit the fans’ ability to listen to the music. Based on “Deuces” and RZA & System of a Down’s cover of Wu-Tang’s “Shame on a Ni**a,” what do you think the album sounds like? The Achozen album can be purchased via Boombotix here.