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About Banks & Steelz

The project of Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Interpol's Paul Banks, Banks & Steelz balances chilly post-punk and hard-hitting hip-hop in ways that are equally indebted to and distinct from its members' past work. Banks, a longtime hip-hop fan, released his own rap mixtape, Everybody on My Dick Like They Supposed to Be, in 2013, the same year he and RZA began working as Banks & Steelz. RZA, meanwhile, only knew of Interpol by name until his manager, a fan of the band, introduced him to Banks. The pair hit it off, first connecting over a shared love of chess and then writing together. Banks & Steelz ended up recording dozens of songs, many of them based on beats RZA made with a drum machine that used to belong to Sly & the Family Stone. They recorded their album in studios on the East Coast and West Coast, favoring an organic, experimental approach. The first taste of Banks & Steelz's music, "Love + War" -- which featured a cameo by Ghostface Killah -- arrived in May 2016 and was accompanied by a Reservoir Dogs-esque video. Another song, "Giant," appeared before the release of the duo's debut album. Anything But Words, which featured additional collaborations with Kool Keith, Wu-Tang's Method Man and Masta Killa, and Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch, arrived in August 2016. ~ Heather Phares

New York, NY

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