Zack De La Rocha Is Back & Still Raging On An El-P Produced Outcry (Audio)
More than 18 years ago, the first Lyricists Lounge compilation released. Featuring De La Soul, Common, Mos Def (n/k/a Yasiin Bey), and Q-Tip, the Rawkus Records double album delivered the Underground Hip-Hop community to the mainstream (reaching the Top 200), with a plethora of important independent voices, and more than a few would-be stars. Two of the acts involved were Zack De La Rocha and El-P. With Rage Against The Machine’s popularity white-hot at the time, De La Rocha was as prominent as any act involved, in a period where he was running with a lot of respected MCs.
For that LP, Zack appeared on “C.I.A.” alongside The Last Emperor (who was running with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment) and KRS-One. As a member of Company Flow and The Indelible MC’s, El-P produced and rapped on “Weight” two songs later on the same Disc 2.
After working together on Run The Jewels’ charged up video single “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),” De La Rocha and El-Producto have been said to be working since late 2014, on a long-evaded solo album from the vocalist. Today, Heads may have the first official glimpse of that, care of “digging for windows.”
El’s electronic depth charges make for a beat that differs greatly from the R.A.T.M. sound. However, Zack’s rebellious writing, and boisterous performance poetry-style delivery are each alive and well. This is an apocalyptic urban symphony—as expected from these two creatives. To make matters all the better, the first solo Zack song in 10 years has been officially made available for free download.