GZA will take you there. (Fergus McDonald/Getty Images)
While the wait for Dr. Dre’s “Planets” album will likely drag out in aeons, founding Wu-Tang Clan member GZA forges ahead with plans to release his own space-based hip-hop album. As this Wall Street Journal article nicely outlines, GZA has teamed up with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and violinist Marco Vitali to “strip bare” the planets and essentially justify the ways of physics to man.
While “Dark Matter” will cover the physics of our cosmic origins, followup albums will explore oceanic and (presumably) cellular biology — all part of a scheme to expand minds and hook whole new audiences on science. I think you’ll agree absolutely all of that is awesome.
In other space music news, 2econd Class Citizen unleashed a space-themed mix for the second half of a recent Solid Steel Radio Show. The mix is loaded down with space-themed tracks from the likes of Del The Funky Homosapian, Dr Octagon, the Beastie Boys, Primal Scream and Bo Diddley. There’s even a little Sesame Street thrown in there. Let’s give it a listen:
And if you dig that, you might want to try out 2econd Class Citizen’s new album “The Silent Minority.”
Finally, as I pointed out in a recent Space Music post, a track by Gazelle Twin does in fact pop up in the viral campaign for the “Alien” prequel “Prometheus.”
The track back there is “Bell Tower,”off the album “The Entire City.”
Originalyl published at HSW: Space Music: GZA’s Dark Matter and 2econd Class Citizen