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It’s only 7:00 a.m. here in Chicago, and already today the New York Mets signed Tim Tebow and Zack de la Rocha released his debut solo single. Maybe I should just go back to bed?
de la Rocha initially began work on a solo album following his departure from Rage Against the Machine in 2000. Over the following few years, he recorded upwards of 20 tracks with Trent Reznor, DJ Shadow, El-P, Questlove, and others. Questlove described the material as “dangerous” and “scary” with “crazy-fast beats per minute, a theremin, crazy synthesizer energy, Moogs, [and] a lot of drum’n’bass shit.”
However, many of those tracks were scrapped, because de la Rocha felt they sounded too much like Rage. “I felt that I was going through the motions,” he explained in a 2008 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Not that what was produced wasn’t great, but I feel now that I’ve maybe reinvented the base sounds that emanate from the songs.” In recent interviews, both Shadow and El-P insinuated that the project had been scrapped all together.
However, earlier this year, RATM drummer Brad Wilk let it slip that de la Rocha was “making a record right now.” And now, here we are today with “Digging For Windows”, with a full-length project presumambly to follow in short order. Update: A representative for de la Rocha confirms that a full-length solo album is indeed forthcoming. On Twitter, El-P hinted that the LP will arrive in 2017, and contains “new material made this year.”