Gorillaz have released “Pac-Man,” a new song featuring Schoolboy Q.
The song was produced by Prince Paul, Remi Kabaka Jr and Gorillaz, and recorded in London just before the pandemic lockdown. On the track, which was released in conjunction with the titular game’s 40th anniversary, Gorillaz make room for Q to deliver a withering verse about thriving despite being hemmed in by the authorities. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper appears in the video, recording his verse while the Gorillaz toy with an arcade game machine that has more to it than meets the eye.
“Pac-Man” comes packaged as an ‘episode’ of the group’s Song Machine series, which has so far included collaborations with slowthai and Slaves, Fatoumata Diawara, Peter Hook and Georgia, and Octavian. At the end of the “Pac-Man” video, a title card says the series will return in September.
In May, Gorillaz departed from their usual whimsical Song Machine programming to put out “How Far,” a song that featured Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and the rapper Skepta. The song was released as a tribute to Allen, who died on April 30 of a heart attack.
Watch the video for “Pac-Man” here: