SOHH Whatcha Think: Wu-Tang Rapper Goes Outer Space + T.I. Reveals Big Guests On New Album

Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:09AM

Written by Jeezis Peace aka Spacely Sprockets

Pretty cool story that made its way to the web: GZA is heading to the stars. Not physically, but the 45-year-old rapper has become a fan of the heavens after a trip to the planetarium.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Now, the Liquid Swords rapper has connected with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, and hopes to drop several albums highlighting the magic of the universe. Only in hip hop.

Informed by meetings with top physicists and cosmologists at MIT and Cornell University, "Dark Matter" is intended to be the first in a series of albums that GZA--born Gary Grice in Brooklyn in 1966--will put out in the next few years, several of which are designed to get a wide audience hooked on science. "Dark Matter" is scheduled for a fall release. Another album will focus on the life aquatic, a subject he's fleshing out with visits to the labs of marine biologists and researchers, as well as meetings with the likes of Philippe Cousteau. (

Very dope. SOHH Watcha Think: Will a member of rap's most iconic groups be able to create an interest in the solar system through his raps?

In other news: T.I. Back. Still trying to recapture the energy he maintained for years prior to his most recent stint behind bars, the ATL spitter recently revealed some pretty big guest stars for his upcoming Trouble Man album.

Although T.I. has yet to finalize the tracklist for Trouble Man, he revealed that he has already recorded collaborations with Andre 3000, Kanye West and Young Jeezy that may make the final cut. He also added that he hopes to collaborate with the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Santigold before the release nears closer.(HHDX)

The Grand Hustle boss told Whoo Kid he has a record with a few fellow ATL spitters that may or may not make the final cut.

"I've got records with [Young] Jeezy," he said. "I've got this one record with me, Jeezy and Rocko called 'Dope Boy Academy.' I don't know if it's necessarily gonna make the album or if I just want to save it for another album, I don't know...I've got a record with Kanye [West], too. When you do records with Kanye, you do the record initially, then you go back to it and try to perfect some things that you feel you could've done better, so I'm in phase two of that because when you send it back to him and he does the production different, it's gonna be a problem. I've got a record with [Andre] 3000, that's a problem for me. We was in the studio together."(HHDX)

Here's hoping that his next album, slated to drop next year, brings that heat. Can TIP make magic once again?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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