ShrapKnel: Shrapknel (Stream)

This month saw the release of the debut LP from ShrapKnel, aka the well-matched pairing of PremRock and Curly Castro. It follows on from their introductory EP, which was released last year to triumphant acclaim and helped build the intrigue for this album. Considering we’re dealing with two already established rappers here, this latest outing appears to have urged them to push their levels even higher, with each bar seemingly trying to outdo its predecessor. Sonically it’s a masterpiece as well, thanks to the involvement of not one, but two production talents, ELUCID and Willie Green. Further fortified by some impeccably chosen features, from Zilla Rocca, CASTLE, billy woods, GOOGIE and Henry Canyons, the album shot into the upper echelons of the 2020’s releases and will no doubt remain there until the year’s end. You can hear the album in its full glory below, with downloads and vinyl available on Bandcamp. As well as the album, you will also find their latest video for Fashion Week, featuring production from ELUCID. Continue reading “ShrapKnel: Shrapknel (Stream)”

Shrapknel: Tempest

The debut LP from Shrapknel is looming. Ever since the duo announced their formation last year, along with the subsequent EP release, fans like me have been fiending for the arrival of the full-length. The album features production from two of Backwoodz Studioz’s finest, ELUCID and Willie Green, as well as guest spots from billy woods, Zilla Rocca, Castle, Googie and Henry Canyons. You can hear the lead single, Tempest, below, and pre-orders for the album are available via Bandcamp. The full release is set for 13 March. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Tempest”

ialive: I’ll Wait Forever (Stream)

A superb project here from ialive, as he achieves his vision of assembling a group of his favourite artists to go to work on a selection of his favourite beats. It’s a fantastic array of names on the tracklist, including Philly affiliates Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro and Torito, as well as the likes of Uncommon NASA, Sleep Sinatra, Unsung and Googie. It’s an ambitious album to pull off, but that’s precisely what ialive has done in spades, simultaneously shining a light on the talent both within his peer group and within his own production techniques. I’ll Wait Forever is out now via Bandcamp and you can also stream it below. Continue reading “ialive: I’ll Wait Forever (Stream)”

Grift Company: Two By Four (Video)

New visual treats from the Wrecking Crew camp, as Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca unveil the latest Grift Company video. Two By Four is lifted from the duo’s Too Many Secrets LP and features fresh two-part production from Zilla and Small Professor. The video was made by Bob Sweeney. Too Many Secrets is available now via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Grift Company: Two By Four (Video)”

Shrapknel: Cobalt (Stream)

Pleased to see the arrival of the new project from PremRock and Curly Castro, as they connect to form Shrapknel. The duo have been friends and collaborators for a long time, so this union makes a lot of sense, even more so when you hear the EP itself. Featuring some stunning production from the likes of ELUCID, Fresh Kils and Small Pro, Cobalt is the perfect introduction to Shrapknel, as we await the release of their full-length album, which is produced entirely by ELUCID and Backwoodz Studioz in-house wizard, Willie Green. You can stream Cobalt in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Cobalt (Stream)”

Grift Company: Too Many Secrets

The Wrecking Crew are back at it with a new EP from Grift Company on the horizon. Made up of regular collaborators Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro, Too Many Secrets follows on from the duo’s self-titled EP which was released back in April last year. We’ve already been treated to the first single, Company Dro, which features the always on point Open Mike Eagle and paves the way for what is surely going to be another successful venture for the Philadelphia outfit. The track is produced by dos4gw. You can hear Company Dro below and pre-orders for the EP are available over on Bandcamp. The official release date is set for 8 October and features production credits from the likes of Willie Green, Jason Griff and Zilla himself.

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Blockhead: Free Sweatpants – The Instrumentals (Stream)

At the start of the year we saw the release of an album that will quite easily emerge as one of the strongest projects of 2019, when these 12 months are all done and dusted. For his first producer album, Blockhead amassed an intoxicating brew of instrumentals and vocal tracks, featuring some of the best voices in rap today.
Now we are being treated to the full instrumental release of Free Sweatpants, which is a must for any fans of the NY producer, or simply for fans of first rate beat-making. And as if the opportunity to digest all these gems in their rawest form wasn’t enough to pique your interest, the album also comes with two bonus tracks featuring billy woods, Curly Castro and Aesop Rock. You can listen to this bonus tracks and the rest of the album below, with downloads available via Backwoodz Studioz. Continue reading “Blockhead: Free Sweatpants – The Instrumentals (Stream)”

Zilla Rocca: 96 Mentality (Stream)

As reported the other day, Zilla Rocca returned to the fore last week with a new project and I am pleased to report that it is a worthy addition to his already exceedingly robust repertoire. He is a true student of the culture and 96 Mentality embodies everything that comes with that title. Continue reading “Zilla Rocca: 96 Mentality (Stream)”

PremRock & Fresh Kils: Shelf Life (Stream)

Today we are graced with the arrival of another superb project from PremRock and Fresh Kils, as they reunite for Shelf Life. Having been given life during a week long stay in Toronto, Shelf Life is described by PremRock as their most collaborative work yet, a statement which is backed up by the overall fluidity and cohesion of the project itself.
They are also joined by a few notable artists along the way, with LA duo ZenSoul dropping in on No Mandate, plus Birdapres and fellow Wrecking Crew member, Curly Castro stepping up to the mic on Loud Again. You can listen to Shelf Life in full below and downloads are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “PremRock & Fresh Kils: Shelf Life (Stream)”