Former Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha, who left the activist rock quartet in October, recorded five songs for his solo debut last week in New York with Roots drummer ?uestlove.
The songs were recorded at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, although none of them will necessarily appear on de la Rocha's album, according to a source with the Roots' management. Epic Records hopes to release the album this year, a label spokesperson said.
The sessions featured ?uestlove both in the producer's chair and on drums, and included playing by bassist/guitarist Ben Kenny and keyboardist James Poyser, both of whom have worked with ?uestlove in the past.
De la Rocha is also hoping to work with innovative drum'n'bass producer Roni Size on the album, according to the Roots source. De la Rocha rapped on the fiery track "Centre of the Storm" from Size and his Reprazent crew's recent second album, In the Mode (see "Roni Size Collective Reprazent-ing For Everyone").
Former Company Flow frontman El-P has worked on tracks for de la Rocha's solo debut, too, though it isn't known if those cuts will be included on the album (see "Rage's De La Rocha Ready To Start On Solo LP").
?uestlove also is working on rapper Common's follow-up to his hit 2000 album, Like Water for Chocolate, for which he will again be executive producer in addition to producing several cuts. Slum Village's Jay Dee will also be behind the boards for the album, which is expected out in the next six months, according to the Roots spokesperson.