Sixteen Years After Rage Against Machine Broke Up, Zack de la Rocha Releases Solo Single

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It looks like Zack de la Rocha is finally going solo. After years of teasing the possibility of a solo album, the former Rage Against The Machine frontman just dropped his debut single, “Digging For Windows.”

Listen:


The track, produced by El-P of Run The Jewels and Company Flow fame, features de la Rocha’s signature rousing vocals over pulsing synths and rapid-fire drum hits.

El-P took to Twitter to reveal that a full-length solo album is in the works and is expected to be released next year.

 

A collaboration between de la Rocha and El-P is no surprise. In 2014, de la Rocha made a guest appearance on the Run The Jewels track “Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck.”

When Rage Against The Machine broke up in 2000, many fans figured a de la Rocha solo album was imminent.


He had hinted at a solo career with an appearance on the track “CIA,” featuring KRS-One and Last Emperor, from the 1998 album “The Lyricist Lounge, Volume One.”

For several years after RATM disbanded, de la Rocha reportedly worked on several solo projects that were ultimately shelved.

Credit: Anti- Records
CREDIT: Credit: Anti- Records

One of de la Rocha’s collaborators, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, hinted that de la Rocha wanted to move in a new direction, but also didn’t want to stray too far from his RATM roots. That delicate balancing act, according to Reznor, is what made it difficult for de la Rocha to release new material. El-P, who hadn’t yet formed Run The Jewels with Killer Mike, was also working with de la Rocha at the time.

In 2008, de la Rocha teamed with former The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore to form One Day As A Lion.


Their single, “Wild International” found de la Rocha rapping to distorted guitars reminiscent of RATM.

Earlier this year, Rage Against The Machine (sans de la Rocha) reunited to form Prophets of Rage, which features Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real as vocalists. It sounds exactly what you’d imagine it would sound like:

 

It appears that de la Rocha, who declined to play with Prophets of Rage, had a good reason (aside from the fact that they’re mostly playing RATM covers). Now that he’s on track to finally release his solo debut, the somewhat reclusive de la Rocha has even put out his first tweet:

Credit: Zack de la Rocha / Twitter
CREDIT: Credit: Zack de la Rocha / Twitter


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