SHRAPKNEL ft. Zilla Rocca: Gun Metal Paint

New serving of visual excellence from Shrapknel, as they unveil their latest video for Gun Metal Paint. The track is taken from their self-titled album, which saw its release back in March, and features a solid guest spot from Zilla Rocca. The track was produced by ELUCID and the video was made by Owen Taylor. The album is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.

Cargo Cults: Nihilist Millennial (Stream)

The Wrecking Crew continue their gold run with this new collaboration between Zilla Rocca and Alaska. It marks the first fully produced album that Zilla has made for another rapper; something he definitely needs to do more of, as I’m sure you will agree after hearing the album. There is a reignition of the energy that Alaska and Zilla found on Doobie Brothers earlier this year, as Zilla drops in on Great Rap Duo, and then a further Wrecking Crew feature from Curly Castro on Pinky Toe. You can hear the album in full below and then head to Bandcamp to check the physical and merch offers.

Ray West & Zilla Rocca: Revolution #36

Pleased to see that the new video from Ray West and Zilla Rocca, is for one of my favourite tracks from their recent album, Rowhouse Whispers. Revolution #36 is an ode to lifelong musical loves and the connections across generations, with Zilla specifically focusing on his love of the Wu and his dad’s love of The Beatles. The video was made by PremRock. The album is out now on Red Apples 45.

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)”

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)”

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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Defcee: Summer Courses EP (Stream)

Fresh out the box comes the brand new EP from Chicago MC, Defcee. Defcee first came to my attention thanks to Zilla Rocca, after he shouted him out in the interview we did back in 2016. At that point I went and absorbed whatever I could by him, including his excellent 2015 venture, Damn Near Grown. If he was damn near grown back then, he is very much grown four years later as he returns with his new project, the aptly titled, Summer Courses EP. Continue reading “Defcee: Summer Courses EP (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)”