This year, the trio formed Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real.
While promoting the Prophets of Rage project, Rage Against The Machine members said Zack de la Rocha was continuing work on his long-rumoured solo album. Overnight, the frontman shared first single 'Digging For Windows', which you can hear below.
As rumors of a De La Rocha solo album swirled, RATM reunited in 2007, playing 50 shows in four years, including massive performances such as a Coachella headlining slot and the free ' Battle of Britain' show in London's Finsbury Park. Outside of Rage, One Day as a Lion – a stripped-down collaboration with drummer Jon Theodore – has been De La Rocha's highest-profile project, resulting in a thunderous EP that dropped amid the RATM reunion in 2008.
During that time, De La Rocha said, "I think our relationship now is better than it's ever been." RATM thrived off that energy until July 30th, 2011, when they played their final show to date at the L. (Commerford told in 2015 that the MC had been "working his ass off" on a follow-up, but no further details have emerged.) Otherwise, De La Rocha has remained strangely elusive, popping up only occasionally to work with artists like DJ Shadow, Saul Williams and Run the Jewels.
El-P answered the question, saying: “In 1999 I spent a month in my apartment in Brooklyn with Zack de la Rocha just before he split Rage Against The Machine, working on music that will never see the light of day.
I can’t speak about his future but I will say that I’m going to LA to spend another month with him in January.” Elsewhere during the Q A, El-P and Killer Mike spoke about releasing their latest album during a period of racial tension in America, Meow The Jewels and what their process of recording together in the studio is like.
De la Rocha later said that the band was "about completely detaching ourselves from society to see ourselves as..spirits, and not bowing down to a system that sees you as just another pebble on a beach.
It's also available as a free download via Bit Torrent.
When rap-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage officially announced its lineup on Tuesday, as rumored, one name was conspicuously missing: Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de La Rocha.
Run The Jewels member El-P has revealed that he will work on new material with former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha in 2015.
The singer began work on solo material but has not released a studio album since Rage Against The Machine split in 2000.