In what is described as “extraordinarily wild and fucked-up”, the collaboration between Nick Cave and Brooklyn rap group Flatbush Zombies, which never saw the light of day, both confuses and excites us all.
Nick Cave has made quite a few headlines lately, due to his being active on his Red Hand Files site, where he has hinted at a new Grinderman album, and also shared a few words about everyone’s favourite punching bag, Morrissey.
In a recent “file”, Nick Cave has revealed that he once collaborated with Flatbush Zombies. A match-up that could never be predicted in a lifetime.
Listen to ‘Headstone’ by Flatbush Zombies below:
Strangely enough, the revelation came about during Nick Cave answering a submitted question about the merchandising of art. This is what lead him to revealing that his favourite merch item is a bootleg Beyoncé tee that reads “Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day.” For real.
“As I write, I am wearing an ancient Sonic Youth Goo T-shirt from 1990, back when I was in Thurston Moore’s good books,” Cave wrote. “I also own a very beautiful Flatbush Zombies T-shirt, bought around the release of their first album.”
“A few years ago the Zombies and I attempted a collaboration and I sent them my version of the T. Rex classic, Cosmic Dancer. They said they ‘could not relate to it’ but they radically pitch-shifted my voice, sampled it and used it anyway, as the percussive heartbeat to an extraordinarily wild and fucked-up piece of hip-hop that neither of us released,” he says.
Personally, a Nick Cave sample in a Flatbush Zombies song sounds absolutely out of this world unreal, and we can only hope that one of the two members of this collaboration decides to release the song to the world.
Nick Cave will be playing in Canada next month as part of his “Conversations With” tour.