An album from Banks and Steelz, aka Paul Banks and RZA, is due out later this year.
Also featuring fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, ‘Love & War’ is built around shuffling grooves, driving guitar and Mariachi-style trumpet, with Banks repeating the phrase “All is fair in love and war / What you keeping score for” throughout, while the Wu-Tang members offload their scratchy verses.
RZA first pointed to the collaboration in an with interview with Rolling Stone, in which he declared Banks “just has an energy about him. I think if we put our sandwich together it will be great.”
The pair got to know each other “playing chess and vibing out in the studio”.
“When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool,” RZA explains.
Banks & Steelz have launched a series of pop-up shops in LA and NYC and are set to play both FYF Fest and Austin City Limits. An album is on its way, although no release date has been confirmed as yet.
Watch the Reservoir Dogs-inspired video below.