Audioslave Rocks The Mic With DMX
Audioslave -- the band combining Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk, Tom Morello, and Tim Commerford with Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell -- have written and recorded a pair of songs with rapperAudioslave -- the band combining Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk, Tom Morello, and Tim Commerford with Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell -- have written and recorded a pair of songs with rapper DMX, Billboard.com has learned.
Commerford says one of the two collaborations with DMX is a pairing of the rapper and all four band members, while the other is a leftover track for which Cornell has not yet written lyrics. A DMX spokesperson says that one of the songs is slated to show up in the forthcoming DMX/Jet Li film "Cradle to the Grave," the soundtrack for which should arrive in January or February on DMX's Bloodline label.
Commerford says one cut was slated to appear on the Island soundtrack for the upcoming "Jackass" movie but was pulled from the project. "It's so good," the bassist says, noting that he's not sure where and when it will eventually show up. "It's such a great song that we can't put it out now because it'll get too much attention."
Audioslave doesn't want to steal thunder from its eponymous debut, due Nov. 19 from Epic. The band's original jam sessions lasted three weeks and produced 21 songs, 14 of which made the album. Both Morello and Commerford acknowledge such a high level of song production is unusual for the guys from Rage.
Indeed, when it comes time to assemble a Rage Against The Machine boxed set, don't expect any new, unreleased tracks -- there pretty much are none, Morello says, noting that a live album and video are in the can. Both were expected to be released in 2000 but never saw daylight, and Morello says there are no plans at the moment for that project to move forward.