Listen to Zack de la Rocha's Fierce Debut Solo Single 'Digging for Windows'

Zack de la Rocha
Juan Luis Garcia

Zack de la Rocha 

The mythical Zack de la Rocha solo album is finally a reality. After nearly 15 years of rumors and whispers the Rage Against the Machine rapper dropped his debut solo single on Thursday morning (Sept. 8), the predictably fierce "Digging for Windows." According to a spokesperson for the publicity shy spitter the El-P-produced song is the first single from de la Rocha's as-yet-untitled solo album. 

"F--k that bright s--t/ The spot or the flashlights/ We in LA ducking both/ In the shadows with lead pipes/ The days are all night," de la Rocha rhymes over the an insistent, buzzing bed of noise before the song's aggressive drum machine beats kick in. 

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Filled with de la Rocha's signature urgency and knotty poeticism, the song appears to take on the prison industrial complex and the "toxic" dead-end future faced by so many youth in our cities. "Under the lights of they choppers/ Bodies tools for they coffers/ Not worth the cost of our coffins/ I stare at a future so toxic," he rages. "No trust in the dust of a promise/ Won't mark the name on a ballot/ So they can be free to devour our options/ Snd just like you I'm a target/ Ill defined by the guap in my pocket/ But the stage make figures/ As quick as it off em/ What marley and pac get?

Stream and download the single here.

No other information was available about the album at press time and a release date has not yet been announced. Over the years reports have surfaced that everyone from Trent Reznor to Questlove, DJ Shadow and El-P were rumored to be working on songs that de la Rocha began compiling after leaving Rage in 2000. De la Rocha made his first tentative steps outside of the Rage bubble in 2008 with a 5-song self-titled EP under the name One Day as a Lion, recorded with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. In 2014, he appeared on the Run the Jewels track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)," joining the group in 2015 at Coachella to perform the song live.

De la Rocha was noticeably absent earlier this year when the rest of Rage reunited to form Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real, though Rage drummer Brad Wilk noted in an interview that Zack was "making a record right now," by way of explaining the enigmatic rapper's absence. 

El-P tweeted about the album on Thursday morning, hinting that it is due for release next year. "Yes this is new material we made this year and yes there is more where that came from," he wrote.




El-P also noted that producer/keyboardist Nick Hook (Young Thug, Hudson Mohawke) and guitarist Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Kid Rock, Run the Jewels) helped out on track but at this point "thats all the info im authorized to give out."