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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 »

As I reported at the end of last month, a new Sean Price album was looming thanks to a collaboration with Philly producer, Small Professor. 86 Witness arrived in full on Friday and serves as a worthy addition to P’s weighty back catalogue. As alluded to in the title, the album is a homage to 1986 so expect a lot of timely references in the track names and beyond. Unlike some posthumous projects, 86 Witness has a really solid flow to it and is devoid of the clunky sound that plagues other releases made in a similar fashion. 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 »

Wrecking Crew representative, Zilla Rocca, continues to build the hype for his long-awaited solo album, Future Former Rapper, with a brand new track lifted from the project. Enemy Stranger Friend features two notable appearances from Serengeti and Sid Sutra, with production from Steel Tipped Dove. Future Former Rapper is due for release on 9 November, on POW Recordings. Read the rest of this entry »

Pleased to see the arrival of the lead single from Zilla Rocca’s long-awaited Future Former Rapper album. For Favors Are Bad News, the Philly artist has drafted in Armand Hammer aka billy woods and ELUCID, who are riding high off their recently released and rightfully acclaimed Paraffin project. This is Zilla’s debut on POW Recordings, the label attached to Passion of the Weiss, where Zilla is a regular contributor. Favors Are Bad News is produced by Disco Vietnam and you can listen to it below. Stay tuned for more news on the album coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »