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As we move ever closer to the latest release from Grift Company, Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro have unveiled a Zilla-produced track from the project. The full album is due for release on 8 October, with pre-orders available now via the Wrecking Crew Bandcamp.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Another project that I slept on, but thankfully caught up with this week, is the latest from Bloodmoney Perez. The Portland artist came up on the same scene as cats like Blu & Exile, and has been making hip hop since his formative years as a teenager. Time Is A Motherfucker is the result of three years of hard work and focus, but the result is well worth the grind as Perez channels the influences of names like Philip K Dick and Pedro Albizu Campos, alongside a number of talented rap luminaries on the assist. Curly Castro, Sleep Sinatra and MCF all bring their respective voices to the proceedings, as well as Messiah Musik, who injects his production skills into the majority of the tracks. Perez handles the beats on the remainder, proving his worth both in the booth and behind the boards. You can stream the album in full below, with downloads and physicals available over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

It was already a phenomenal year for hip hop, but the last month is seeing a flurry of releases that are pushing the standards even higher. One of them is Curly Castro’s solo effort, TOSH. The album is apparently inspired by George Orwell, Spike Lee and MF Doom, as well as Castro’s own background – West Indies, Philly and Brooklyn – resulting in a richly diverse sound throughout. That diversity is also thanks in part to the range of producers who are involved. There are beats from the likes of Blockhead, Blueprint, Zilla Rocca, Messiah Musik and NASA, as well as features from billy woods, PremRock and ELUCID, among others. When you put all those attributes together with Castro’s own inimitable talents, you get a worthy contender for your end of years lists. The album is available to stream below and you can grab a download over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Good to see the long-awaited solo album from Zilla Rocca has finally been given life. Future Former Rapper is the culmination of a career which spans 13 years, all of them as a totally independent artist – which is no mean feat given how many fellow independents have been swallowed up or broken beyond repair during that same period.
The album is the perfect showcase for the talents that have kept Zilla afloat through those years and finds him accompanied by some of the artists that he has been associated with during that same time frame.
Guest spots are held by the likes of Armand Hammer, Serengeti and fellow Wrecking Crew representative, Curly Castro, as well as a bunch of high-end production credits from Steel Tipped Dove, Messiah Musik, Disco Vietnam and Small Pro. Future Former Rapper is ready to stream below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca return with a new video for their Grift Company debut, Billy Batts, which emerged from the streets of Philly back in March. The video was made by Bob Sweeney for RLS Video. The Grift Company EP is available now via the Wrecking Crew.