The GZA has come back out of hiding. Working in tandem with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, the Wu Tang Genius has unveiled “The Mexican,” an old school-minded slice of pure hip-hop; so old school, in fact, that it’s a cover. GZA’s bars are brand new but the song itself is a cover of the 1972 song of the same name, which was released by British group Babe Ruth and has gone on to be sampled by numerous hip-hop producers. The likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Jungle Brothers and Doug E. Fresh have all utilized portions of “The Mexican,” but GZA’s new cut is a sampling of an entirely different order–his full-on cover of the song entirely reclaims it as a hip-hop standard. With the help of Tom Morello’s burly power chords and signature killswitch pseudo-scratching guitar solo, the new “Mexican is a fitting tribute to the original. GZA himself produced the track and worked with both Hanni El Khatib and Jose “Choco” Reynoso on its composition.
But perhaps even more exciting is the news that GZA’s long-awaited album Dark Matter is finally headed our way. According to a press release, “The Mexican” was the product of the Dark Matter sessions, and that the album itself is coming soon. We’ve heard this sort of talk before, but with this densely-composed evidence what GZA’s recent sessions are producing, it seems more likely than ever that his first LP since 2008 will be arriving quite quickly.