RZA & Interpol’s Paul Banks Are Working On An Album Together

By Tom Breihan / October 9, 2013

Earlier this year, Interpol frontman Paul Banks released a mostly-instrumental rap mixtape called Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be. It was bad, and people laughed. But Paul Banks is not done with rap music. And it looks like he has a deeply inexplicable project coming up: A collaborative album with Wu-Tang Clan head abbot and G.I. Joe: Retaliation star RZA.

RZA recently mentioned the collaboration in a Rolling Stone interview, claiming that they’ve been working on the LP for the past six months and that Warner Bros. is planning on putting it out. In fact, Banks recently stayed in RZA’s guest house for two weeks, which makes me very jealous of Paul Banks. The project will feature the two of them with a live band, and here’s what RZA has to say about it:

My manager came to me and said, “Who do you want to do an album with?” I said, “Well, Paul 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. 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.

I’m excited for this one, both because I have no idea how it’s going to sound and because Banks (“The subway is a porno”) and RZA (“Multiply myself ten times standing next to zero and snap my fingers like the Fonnnnz“) are jointly responsible for some of the most quotably loony lyrics of the past 20 years.