In a way, Rage Against The Machine‘s Zack De La Rocha has beaten Guns N’ Roses to the title of Longest Time Spent Making A Record. He started work on his debut solo album after leaving the LA group in 2000, but later scrapped a load of the tracks because he felt like he “was going through the motions”.
Those early sessions included collaborations with DJ Shadow, Questlove, El-P and more. Today, the latter tweeted: “thank god i can finally say publicly HERES A ZACK DE LA ROCHA SONG I PRODUCED”. Yes, De La Rocha is finally ready to release his first solo record a mere 16 years after starting it. Praise be.
Taking so damn long, though, raises the stakes more than a bit. If it’s shit, there’s going to be a lot of question marks around just why it took the best part of two decades to arrive. Of course it’s anything but shit.
‘Digging For Windows’ starts with a thumping, unrelenting beat, before De La Rocha comes in in searing form: “Fuck that bright shit/The spot or the flashlights“. As you might expect, it’s not the most upbeat of tracks, the RATM man fantasising about “offing these Fred Astaires“. “I stare at a future so toxic/No trust in the dust of a promise,” goes the most hopeless part. “Won’t mark the name on a ballot/So they can be free to devour our options.” Heavy stuff, but totally vital.
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