For their latest episode of errant gunfire, Nocando and Jeff welcome Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, and Prem Rock for a discussion on Philadelphia hip-hop, noir-rap, their “otherground collective” and the occasional reggaeton digression.
In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about what they did for New Year’s and pour out a little hummus for James Avery of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Benjamin Curtis of The Secret Machines.
That’s right – Wrecking Crew (Zilla Rocca & Curly Castro), PremRock, and DJ Halo will be flipping switches and eating fish tacos on a west coast run stretching from San Francisco to New Mexico and right back to Sin City where coolers go to thrive. The Roland Bishop Memorial Tour — if you want respect, you gotta EARN IT!
“It’s the summer, and it’s festival season – go do you. You need something to come home to, right? Luckily, the duo known as Silent Dust have given away the perfect track to turn in to. This low-key, downtempo affair is known as “Machina,” and not only features the perfect vocal from Cloudeater, but two of the Philly Wrecking Crew lyricists Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro make an appearance. Zilla and Castro are no strangers to bass music, as they’ve put out a number of bits with the likes of Starkey, Dylan, and many others, and their addition to this electronic hip-hop beaut is necessary. This isn’t for the turnt up; this is for the tuned in.” – Do Androids Dance
Directed by the mighty Joe Castro of “Full Spectrum” fame, the video for “Weak Stomach (Zilla Rocca Remix)” finds the Shadowboxers and Curly Castro on a midnight basement meeting gone to hell over a desperate dame, all in the bowels of South Philly
Three years under the curtain. Dust on the trench coat. Stomach empty. Diner windows daring you to come in and eat. After hours spots whispered in a bottle, hummed under dimly lit corners where the tables are empty. In Philadelphia, where there are no limits, no rules. Anything can go on.
This is the world of Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers. This is Noir Hop. This is Weak Stomach EP.__
The first release since 2010’s Broken Clocks EP,__ Weak Stomach EP is a collection of shabby pulp scribbles from Zilla Rocca and his taillight chasers The Shadowboxers. For this assignment, hisWrecking Crew gin buddy Curly Castro (Man Bites Dog Records) and Chi-Town drum rollerAlex Ludovico joined in-house card shark Blurry Drones for the knockout drops. Small Professor (Coalmine Records) and Has-Lo (Mello Music Group) took time away from fitting cement shoes to lend beats that hit your head like cheap wine.
Compiling legitimate liquor from previous Shadowboxers juke joints and Alex Ludovico’s Winning/Losing plus new cuts like a Beatles cover (“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer), a posse cut in honor of Walter White (“We Got Fangs This Year”), an ode to NYC blade runners (“Blood on Blood Converse), and crippled romance molded around a stark Elliot Smith lineage (“Stay Clean Remix”),Weak Stomach EP is a real sharp shooter, a precursor for the forthcoming LP No Vacation For Murder(which features Roc Marciano, The Kid Daytona, Geechie Suede, Open Mike Eagle, and more).
Welcome back to Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers’ brand of gunshot jazz. And don’t speak to the weak of heart. Don’t eat on a weak stomach — play your part.
Tomorrow night November 29th, the #1 villains in ya area Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, and Nex Millen will be forming a triumvirate of debauchery at World Cafe Live to celebrate the release of Party With Villains EP. Known co-defendants Dewey Decibel and My Man Shafe shall be hiding from the long arms as well.
It’s a FREE show at the most decadent venue in Philly. Use the extra coin to buy your favorite villains a boilermaker or two. Here’s the info:
Thurs Nov. 29th
World Cafe Live
Kuf Knotz Presents Boombox Collective
Zilla Rocca featuring Curly Castro & Nex Millen
Dewey Decibel (release party for Son of a Beach EP)
My Man Shafe
And remember folks…don’t make headlines, make money