Buddha Monk To "Spark" Enlightenment On New Album

After scoring a hit with "Gots Like Come On Thru," a collaboration with Ol' Dirty Bastard featured on "The Big Hit" soundtrack, Buddha Monk is preparing for his next stage of enlightenment, which may come when the rapper's debut album, entitled "The Prophecy Begins," arrives in stores in August.

A veteran of the Brooklyn Zoo family, an offshoot of the Wu-Tang Clan that also spawned ODB, Buddha will release "Spark Somebody Up," the first single from his new album on July 14, while the record will drop in late-August.

Monk, who actually sports a "seven dotted temple" of seven circular tattoos on his head, first got his start by providing back-up vocals on the Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M.," off of "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," and has also appeared in several of the group's videos.

Unwilling to limit or label his music to that of just hip hop, the multi-talented Monk -- who writes, sings, raps and produces -- took part in the first annual "Hip Hop Meets Drum-N-Bass

Summit" last November with Roni Size and Guru of Gang Starr.

The Wu-Tang's Rza was so impressed by Buddha's understanding of music and the recording process that he assigned Buddha to work on several tracks of ODB's new album, including "Something for the Radio, Pt. 2," Bastard's duet with Biz Markie.