12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Interpol’s Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA join forces, with some A-list support.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Interpol’s Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA join forces, with some A-list support.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
52 Ratings
52 Ratings
Buddy Blank

Everything is Changing

In a way, I've been waiting for this album - for this particular collision - my entire life. As Banks says on the opening track, "everything is changing..."

Existential, gothic romance meets deep, hard-won street knowledge... For me personally, it's a conversation I've been having in my head for a very long time. Everything is changing.

Giant, the opening track, looms like one. It's a song that wants to lure Interpol stalwarts into that now, all too comfortable dreamworld of ill-fated lovers and hapless calamities. But then Steelz is there, rough as a razors, dark as night and - all praise be to the great god of beatz - it doesn't feel forced. It could even feel new.

It may be "cold outside" for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga but for Banks & Steelz, I think it's going to be AITCH OH TEE.

This record could end up being brilliant or it could be straight-up garbage. Either way, it's obvious they enjoyed making it. The collaboration itself may hold significance as well. Of course it's not the first time rockers and rappers have put it down on wax but, this feels a bit more challenging than Walk This Way or Judgement Night.

Yeah, everything is changing.

GOOGYKID

SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUR EAR HOLES

I pre Ordered this album thanks to Mr. Throwback Thursday. Check out their podcast right here on Itunes. This Album wont disapoint if you like old school hip hop with a flair of new age. So far all of the available tracks are awesome, can't wait for the rest of the album.

SkyTether

Good Collision

This album is really a fascinating hybrid between two virtually unrelated artists. It is a tasteful combination of wisdom and enticing lyrics that sound a deep feeling in one's soul and that is what music is all about, soul.

About Banks & Steelz

The project of Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Interpol's Paul Banks, Banks & Steelz balances chilly post-punk and hard-hitting hip-hop in ways that are equally indebted to and distinct from its members' past work. Banks, a longtime hip-hop fan, released his own rap mixtape, Everybody on My Dick Like They Supposed to Be, in 2013, the same year he and RZA began working as Banks & Steelz. RZA, meanwhile, only knew of Interpol by name until his manager, a fan of the band, introduced him to Banks. The pair hit it off, first connecting over a shared love of chess and then writing together. Banks & Steelz ended up recording dozens of songs, many of them based on beats RZA made with a drum machine that used to belong to Sly & the Family Stone. They recorded their album in studios on the East Coast and West Coast, favoring an organic, experimental approach. The first taste of Banks & Steelz's music, "Love + War" -- which featured a cameo by Ghostface Killah -- arrived in May 2016 and was accompanied by a Reservoir Dogs-esque video. Another song, "Giant," appeared before the release of the duo's debut album. Anything But Words, which featured additional collaborations with Kool Keith, Wu-Tang's Method Man and Masta Killa, and Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch, arrived in August 2016. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
New York, NY
FORMED
2013

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