Wu Tang Clan founder RZA, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Kinetic 9 (aka Beretta 9 from Killarmy) and up-and-coming Chicago rapper Reverend William Burke have formed a the group Achozen. The set recently finished recording their self-titled debut album, to be released this summer on Shavo's online digital label, urSESSION.

"Shavo is my neighbor and we used to hang out in the studio. We realized it was unique that even though we had different backgrounds, we had so much in common with our family, our commitment, our thoughts and the suffering of our people," RZA told Billboard.biz about their coming together. "So, we teamed up years ago and have been working on the project for two years. It's unlike anything else I've ever done."

"Achozen" is a "heavy hip-hop" album that touches on topics such as genocide and politics. Most of the production on the set was done by Shavo, with the xception of two samples. Shavo also plays live instruments throughout, including bass and sitar.

While RZA, Burke and Kinetic handle most of the vocals and lyrics, George Clinton, Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante, Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest, Wu-Tang founding member GZA, emcee Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, and rapper Leggezin Fin also appear on the set.

The album's first single is "Deuces," a song that celebrates Shavo's birthday (April 22) and "the day my life changed and I became a positive person, which is also April 22," says RZA. It will premier on urSESSION.com on April 22, at 4:22PM PDT.

Achozen plans on embarking on a nation-wide tour later this year in support of the album.

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