When GZA's not lecturing at Harvard and meeting with MIT scientists, he's working in the studio on a project influenced by those experiences. Consequence of Sound reports that the Wu-Tang Clan rapper will release a new album, Dark Matter, that's influenced by his love for quantum physics and astronomy. It's not clear when we'll hear the project, but you can see what he had to say about it below:

"I will take a quantum leap and discuss the universe while taking us on a journey through deep space. Traveling at lightspeed from the galactic center of one galaxy to the farthest corners of another. I hope my listeners will enjoy this cosmic adventure within a world of colossal planets, gas giants, meteorites, comets, and asteroids in the most extreme conditions."

In addition to this news, GZA has revealed some upcoming tour and lecture dates. Check 'em out.

  • 03.17 Austin: South by Southwest (Babygrande Records’ showcase) ^
  • 03.21 Cambridge, MA: MIT Civic Media Lab *
  • 03.25 New York, NY: Clive Davis Institute (NYU EMP Pop Conference) *
  • 04.07 Ithaca, NY: Cornell University *
  • 04.18 Brooklyn, NY: Williamsburg Music Hall #
  • 04.19 Philadelphia, PA: Trocadero #
  • 04.20 Washington, D.C.: Howard Theater #

^ with Grupo Fantasma
* Lecture date
# with Bad Brains

Update: GZA is also launching his new website at SXSW that will feature an interactive MC battle entitled Duel of the Iron Mic, which is obviously named after the classic track off his legendary Liquid Swords release.