RAGE KEEPING IT REAL!

The mooted replacement for Zack De La Rocha is Cypress Hill's B-Real...

CYPRESS HILL frontman B-REAL has announced that he’s had talks with the

remaining members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE about taking over vocal duties from ZACK DE LA ROCHA, who left the band last month.

Talking in this week’s issue of Melody Maker – a hip-hop special – B-Real

said: “Rage Against The Machine are a really great, important band and I’m real

good friends with them. It’s gonna be interesting. You never know, you might see me fronting them next year.”

B-Real was speaking from his apartment in Los Angeles near the Hollywood

Bowl. As if to prove his familiarity with Rage, the rapper picked up a bass and

started plucking out the riff from ‘Killing In The Name’.

“There are all sorts of rumours and whispers going around,” B-Real continued.

“I would learn Zack’s shit in a second. I would be proud because it’s important

that that band keep going. There’s nobody else like them out there. They’re the

best band in the world.”

B-Real’s interest in fronting Rage doesn’t spell the end of Cypress Hill,

however.

“I would never leave Cypress Hill, so I would have to do it alongside that,

but it’s definitely something that I’m thinking about.”

Asked if he’d discussed this idea over with Rage, B-Real replied: “Yeah,

we’ve talked about it. At the moment, it’s just a thought, an idea. At the

moment!”

Speaking to MTV yesterday (November 13), Rage bassist Tim Commerford said the remaining members of the group are “gonna move on”. He continued: “We have a future that is bright, and we have music that we’re excited about, and skills that we want to utilise. We’re ready to go. We’re gonna be out there. If you’re into the music of Rage Against The Machine, you’re going to be psyched because there’s gonna be a lot more coming.”

Guitarist Tom Morello added: “The priority for the three members of Rage Against The Machine now is to let the world know about this great new record. When we’re through working behind this record, we’re going to sit down and figure out the future of Rage Against The Machine. We’ve got some great ideas about how to move forward, but we’re gonna figure that all out in the coming months.”

De La Rocha walked out on the band in October, claiming the group had not achieved their artistic and political goals.

Rage Against The Machine release a new album, ?Renegades?, on December 4 through Epic. The album, produced by Rick Rubin, is a compilation of cover versions. De La Rocha intends to release a solo album, and is already rumoured to have collaborated with DJ Shadow and Roni Size.

For the full story see this week’s Melody Maker Rap Superstars special issue.