Newswire: RZA is releasing an album with Interpol’s Paul Banks

RZA announced today that the debut album of Banks & Steelz— the hip-hip empresario’s musical project with Interpol’s Paul Banks—will be called Anything But Words. This is the product of several years of collaboration between the two musicians that began when RZA was asked by his manager who he’d like to work with, according to a story he told Rolling Stone back in 2013. The British-born singer and DJ came to mind, he said, because the two seemed to have a rapport.

“When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” RZA said in a statement. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”

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