The collaborative 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. Joining forces in the early 2010s, the pair issued their debut, Anything But Words, in 2016. In 2013, in between Interpol releases, Banks, a longtime hip-hop fan, issued his own rap mixtape, Everybody on My Dick Like They Supposed to Be. 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 ...
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