Rap-metal supergroup KUSH (a.k.a. THE KUSH PROJECT), which features FEAR FACTORY bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, are currently polishing up nearly 30 tracks for possible inclusion on their long-awaited debut album, tentatively due in the fall through Sony Records.
"It started out as a side project and every day it feels more and more like a real band," Herrera told MTV.com. "It isn't [a side project] for Christian and I because we're not doing FEAR FACTORY anymore. KUSH is definitely very dominant for us. It's more of a main band for B and for Steph [now] as well."
According to B-Real, KUSH are "unlike any other rap-metal type stuff. It's a little bit more aggressive. And the way I attack it from a lyrical standpoint is totally different from what I do with CYPRESS. CYPRESS is more street-orientated. With KUSH, it's a little bit of everything."
In related news, CYPRESS HILL's DJ Muggs has reportedly collaborated with ex-BUCKCHERRY and current SHOTSFIRED singer Josh Todd on his upcoming solo album, due in April. Titled "Dust", the CD is being described by Muggs as "a DJ record, no hip-hop at all. It's very electronic, with some rock in it. It's very experimental."
Muggs is eyeing either "Rain" or "Faded" — both Todd collaborations — to be the first single. "He's going to surprise you," the DJ said of Todd. "You wouldn't even know it's him."
The unlikely duo, who met through mutual friends, are also said to have collaborated on material for Todd's next project, presumably to be included on the forthcoming SHOTSFIRED debut, due sometime in 2003.