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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.

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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

READ: Mysterious Site Could Hint At A Possible Rage Against the Machine Reunion… Sorta

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Here Are Some Of The Weirdest "Latino" Items We Could Find On EBay

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Here Are Some Of The Weirdest “Latino” Items We Could Find On EBay

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I’ve always been a huge fan of flea markets. Not the fancy craft ones where someone is trying to sell custom-made dreamcatchers for $500. You know the kind I’m talking about. Those borderline illegal flea markets where you can purchase bootleg versions of movies, samurai swords with laser sights, and still have enough money left to buy a sweet Mother’s Day gift (fireworks). That’s where eBay comes in. If you want, you can buy furniture to make your home look nice, but if you really do some digging, you can find some really bizarre and unique collectibles. Here are just few I found yesterday when I should have been working.

$200: A Selena Quintanilla beach towel. screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-10-52-21-am

For the low, low price of $200, you can own this piece of Selena-themed beach art. Just be careful. The shipping price is $7, which might be out of the casual shopper’s budget.

$60,000: A used Mexican food restaurant.

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If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Mexican food business, here’s your chance to own “Tacos Y Tortas Lupita.” The seller’s description lists the item as “used,” and you’ll have to move to Perris, Calif., but hey, you’ll have unlimited access to tortas. If $60,000 is out of your budget, there’s another, cheaper restaurant for sale here.

$7,995: A website domain called “Latino Bail Bonds.”

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You can get into the startup game when you purchase LatinoBailBonds.com. If you’re on the fence, listen to what the seller has to say: “…anyone with a brain says this is a no brainer!” You won’t even need to come up with a logo because the seller has provided this amazing, borderline racist character to help promote your brand.

$25: A Chupacabra fetus.

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The chupacabra is one of the most feared, and rarely seen creatures from Latin American folklore. And for just $25, you can own your own creepy chupacabra fetus that looks a lot like a piece of dried mango.

$9,999,999: An accordion named “Papillon.”

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At just under $10 million, the asking price is a little on the steep side. I might be persuaded to drop some coin on it if Rick from Pawn Stars was actually in the photo, but if you look closely, you’ll see that it’s just a cardboard cutout. Sadly, the Rick photobombing the photo is also a cardboard cutout.

$899.95: Creepy “Latino” Dolls.

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If you’ve ever wondered where your grandparents get their creepy dolls from, look no further than this seller. The dolls are listed as “colored/Latin,” which means they were either made a long time ago or they were made by a Trump supporter (boom, easy joke). The most unsettling thing about this photo is easily the creepy baby in the background, which might just be Rick from Pawn Stars photobombing again.

$9.99: Vintage Wonder Woman toy from Mexico.

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I’m pretty sure this Wonder Woman toy is not endorsed by DC. First of all, she looks like she just went 10 rounds with Doomsday. And, if I had to guess, I’m sure Superman wouldn’t be able to see through it because it’s probably 100 percent lead. If you’re looking for an amazing bootleg toy to get your kid, this is hands down the best knock-off I’ve ever seen.

Vintage photo of “Teen Hispanic Latinas.” Asking Price $4.50.

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Thanks to Instagram filters, it’s hard to tell when you’re looking at an actual photo from the ’80s. What gives away this photo’s authenticity is the amazing hair the two women are sporting. You can almost hear the sweet sounds of Debbie Deb’s “Lookout Weekend” playing as they applied Aqua Net to their bangs in the ladies’ room.


READ: Things You Find in Every Mexican Kitchen

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