I do not know much about writing rap lyrics, but I’m guessing that most rappers do not meet with physicists and cosmologists from MIT and Cornell before sitting down to write. But that’s exactly what Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA did during the creation of his new album, Dark Matter — a project the rapper hopes will turn his audience on to science.
GZA’s partner in this endeavor: Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is the fusion of astronomy and awesome in the shape of a man. Oh yes. Pretty sure this is going to be amaaaaaazing.
GZA isn’t just relying on his lyrics and music to convey his love of science; the album may also come with an illustrated book featuring a glossary of terms. Nor is he stopping with space. The next album in the series is going to be about oceans.
This has to be the most weird but wonderful collaboration between the worlds of hip-hop and science since Grandmaster Flash teamed up with Jacques Cousteau to write songs about marine conservation.
What, y’all don’t remember that? Damn I’m getting old!
(UPDATE: Our Josh Kurp saw GZA perform last night — Thursday, June 14 — in NYC. His review and a gallery of pics are up for your reading/viewing pleasure.)
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