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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »


Following on from an unsettled couple of weeks, here at last is the next part of my favourite albums and EPs from last year. As always, the only order is the one in which I remembered them in and I’ve included Bandcamp links where possible. Enjoy!

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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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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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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. 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 »

My Grown Up Rap family recently premiered the latest single from Wrecking Crew heavy hitter, Zilla Rocca. Zilla is gearing up to release his latest solo album, ’96 Mentality, which looks set to continue a long-run of solid projects from the Philly MC. Live From The Driver’s Seat is produced by Dan Dillinger. The album is due for release on 21 May. Read the rest of this entry »

More noir raps from Zilla Rocca as he delivers the latest video from his recent Former Future Rapper LP. Gunshot Jazz is self-produced and the video was made by Bob Sweeney for RLS Video. Future Former Rapper is out now on POW Recordings.

Following hot on the heels of his triumphant Future Former Rapper LP, Zilla Rocca hits us with the lead single from his forthcoming album, 96 Mentality. Spy vs. Spy sees the Wrecking Crew rapper team up with Vic Spencer, as the pair dish out some solid bars over a great beat from Ray West. You can stream the track below and expect to hear more news on the album soon. Read the rest of this entry »