In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian discuss their Hip Hop and Rock-infused project, Achozen LP. In the interview, RZA expresses why he feels like you can’t take Caucasians and Latinos out of Hip Hop.

The Wu-Tang member tells the story of when Shavo introduced him to Metal and Rock music. RZA says that after picking up a guitar from Shavo’s guitar collection, it helped change his perspective on how he embraces other musical genres.

“So I started listening to rock,” RZA says. “Look at a band like Queen: ‘Mama, I just killed a man…’ and you realize, ‘Okay, these dudes was getting busy, too.’

“People say Hip Hop is a Black man’s music, but Rick Rubin was there early,” the rapper-producer-director continues. “DJ Charlie Chase is Puerto Rican. You can’t take the elements of the Caucasian brother or the Latino brother out of Hip Hop.”

RZA and Shavo have been working on Achozen LP for the past nine years and on June 29 the duo released eight tracks exclusively on Boombotix. The songs feature George Clinton, GZA and John Frusciante.

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