We’re Live Tonight @ Rogues Gallery

Below is a promo video for my FREE show tonight at Rogues Gallery (11 S. 21st Street, right down the street from Medusa Lounge). What to expect: colored blowie shirts, Dame Dash dice rolling, Godard films, a D’Angelo cover, and appearances from Curly Castro , Has-Lo , and MyMan Shafe . Stay up with me now…


Kaleidoscope Vocals: Zilla Rocca feat Has-Lo “Full Spectrum” single

Original design by Dr. Quandary

The lead single off  “Nights & Weekends EP” features fellow Wrecking Crew member Has-Lo (Mello Music Group) and produced by Dr. Quandary (World Around Records). Colorful dressings, vivid shades of cinema, solids for the winter, brightness in the summer. Y’all fade to black — this is full spectrum.

If you enjoy this song, please visit Zilla Rocca’s Kickstarter page before July 31st — amongst pressing up CDs and t-shirts for “Nights & Weekends EP”, purchasing Super 8 film to shoot the official video for “Full Spectrum” is one of the items on the checklist. Get involved here

And stay up with all the latest press, interviews, and more at the Three Dollar Pistol Tumblr page

Or stream and DL at Soundcloud

Life Under the Shuffle: Has-Lo, Nex Millen, Rock the Dub


Collage by Greg Trout

I struggle with instant access to every single whim that pops into my cabbage.  With the iPhone aka the Pants Computer, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, forums, Hulkshare links, promo MP3’s, etc the world is beginning to run out of mystery — everything we miss or forget can be found instantly.  I love ingesting music, memorizing where the horn stabs hit on a record, knowing who produced track #9 on a given rap LP without looking for liner notes on Wikipedia, remembering where exactly I was when I heard a song for the first time. 

Technology, will progressing rapidly to make our lives easier, erases actual emotional connections.  Convenience breeds more consumption.  Standards are lowered.  Quality is compromised for more more more more more content.  All to feed that machine that eviscerates our attention span while keeping us constantly engaged and entertained.  If you have internet access in 2011, you can literally spend 18 hours a day never having to face the quiet plague of boredom.

I say all of this because three releases this week play to or against the new music consuming culture.  Has-Lo’s new LP In Case I Don’t Make It is available for paid digital download on Bandcamp, iTunes, etc but they are not the right mediums to relish the album.  The key word here is “album” ; we don’t have patience anymore to follow one artist through 30+ minutes in a row.  This recent article in Slate titled “Wall of Sound: The iPod has changed the way we listen to music.  And how we respond to it” backs that up painfully. 

As Jeff Weiss pointed out, In Case I Don’t Make It isn’t built for Shuffle mode: it’s a “suffocating walloping listen, like baking in a sauna or waiting in the car with the windows rolled up in in August. Rap to make dogs die.”  In other words, you can’t soundtrack your P90X workout to the album–you need to sit, relax, and walk through Has’ mind.  You can’t multitask with it.  And downloading the album then trashing the 3-4 records that don’t strike a chord within the first 10 seconds of the beat dropping erases important pieces to the story. 

As my Shadowboxer partner Douglas Martin once articulated, albums are like books — you don’t go ripping pages out of books because the first 3 paragraphs aren’t as good as the last page.  In Case I Don’t Make It is a heady listen like how The Wire was an unsettling visual — anit-comfort food for your anti-boredom state.  Nurishment doesn’t taste like Yoo-Hoo. 

Peep “Utero” off the LP then “The Quiet Things” off Has’ last EP Small Metal Objects:

A middleground to the Shuffle Age (2004-present) and the Old Days of Listening to Full Songs (1863-2003) is Nex Millen’s latest podcast I Love Hip Hop Vol. 3.  Nex is a master of the groove before Serato made Pauly D a screenwatching “deejay”.  Nex is a slave to the rhythm, not the soundwave BPM reader.  His ear for pockets in the wax, whether live on-stage or rocking a filthy basement party or in his JLab Studios making beats, is masterful.  His podcasts combine the recent jamdowns with the unseen crack slippers, like new Pharaohe Monch with Connie Price and the Keystones.  His responsibility to the hyper hip hip consumer of today is the same as any great cassette mixtape impresario of the early 90’s — putting you up on the shit you like, the shit you’re not sure if you like, and the shit you just never heard in your life.  In 2011, this would be a Concentrated Shuffle, a purposeful blend, the common room sitdown of artists with different voices, styles, and beats, consolidated by someone who understands the almighty  Skip button and the undetectable power grip of the Neck Snap.

Here’s the tracklisting for I Love Hip Hop Vol. 3

Kill Bill- Epidemik
Different Now- Odisee f. Twan
Classic- MED f. Talib Kweli
Utero- Has-Lo
Songs- Kaimbr and Kev Brown
Clap(One Day) Pharoahe Monch f. Showtyme
Palookas- Talib Kweli
Disturbed- Blame One f. Sean Price
Thought About It- yU
International Hustler- Connie Price & The Keystones f. Percee P
Motor Music- Finale f. Black Milk
Grown Folks Music- NXPW f. Cee Knowledge

Stream and download it here

The last leg on the barstool is Rock the Dub’s 5 year anniversary compilation FiF.  Khal, the site’s resident runner and internetian pipe bomb planter, gives his readers unlimited options to stock their smartphones and Nanos every day.  And like those of us now completely enraptured in the Age of the Shuffle, he does not subscribe to one genre or musical identity.  Hip hop, dubstep, drum n bass, R&B, and other subgenres I could probably just make up (Oatmeal Wave, ThunderStep, SwagMopHop) all pop up on Rock the Dub without any comprehension or agenda. 

Khal boils things down to the interest of the modern online music consumer: this sounds good and I want it right now.  He’s put out projects from just about every phylum of hip hop-related offshoots the past five joints.  Life in the Shuffle Mode has no apprehensions, no limits, no concern for running time.  Take what you want, love it, then come back for the re-up.  And Khal’s new compilation FiF is that Marlo Stanfield cut.


01-Heist ft. Zilla Rocca – I Need Killers (and Thieves Like You Wouldn’t Believe)
02-Che Grand ft. Elucid vs. Artificial Intelligence – Deaf Ray Dub (Disc Jockey Nappy Refix)
03-P.L.O. ft. Ralph Rip Shit – Hold That
04-AWKWORD ft. Y-Love – Mr. President (The Wisconsin Song) (prod. by The White Shadow)
05-Cyclops – You Don’t Understand (prod. by Razorsharpe)
06-Brown Bag AllStars – In His Shoes (DJBrace Remix)
07-J NiCS – Slumber (Numonics rockthedub Remix)
08-Pugs Atomz & DJ Vadim ft. Stahhr Tha F.E.M.C.E.E. & Jabee – Shoot’em Down
09-Rickie Jacobs ft. Artic – Malcolm X (prod. by Clay Hilman)
10-Jefferson Price – Hip Flask (prod. by Tranzformer)
11-Elucid – My Blank Verse (prod. by Small Pro)
12-The Two. Fifteens – Cloudy. Got Em’
13-Scripts & Screwz – Highway
14-Whygee – What Love Is (prod. by Nofrendo)
15-K. Vincent – Ain’t A Thang Change (prod. by  Nabs, add. prod. by Alex Cruz & Black Lion Beats)
16-Mario Dones – Mars Attacks (prod. by Buscrates 16 bit Ensemble)
17-Assorted Anonymous – Roll By My Lonely (prod. by NVious)
18-Elucid – Heavy Metal (prod. by Screwz)
19-Do Ear – Soul Dealers
20-Shawty Lo ft. Rick Ross & Jim Jones vs. The Two. Fifteens – Foolish (Disc Jockey Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)
21-Curly Castro – Down With Batista (prod. by Happ G)

Grab it here

Keep it Live: Tonight at World Cafe

Tonight’s my first actual non-Shadowboxer solo set since 2009. I’ll be doing some jawbreakers from “Bad Weather Classic”, some unreleased stuff, and a few noir classics from the agency.

Please join me for a FREE all ages night of quality hip hop at World Cafe Live from 9pm-midnight for Boom Box Collective with Kuf Knotz and 84, the best live duo in Philadlephia.

Bands, painters, DJ’s, emcees, and burgers everywhere.  Win-win, shallah’s.

“Weak Stomach Remix” Live @ The Downtown Independent Movie Theater in Los Angeles

After hightailing it through the desert in four and a half hours to perform in Los Angeles last night, we had no choice but to exploit the inherent props at a movie theater: giant film screen, surround sound, reclining movie seats, and shook 18 year olds eating popcorn awaiting dubstep, electro, and sublime laptop music.   It was odd at first rapping in front of seated people with “Blast of Silence” on the screen behind us.  But once we settled in, and the crowd didn’t whip out some 3-D glasses like the guy in “Back to the Future”, we rocked the house like we had to.

Props to Shlomo, Mount Kimbie, Strangeloop, Low Limit, Asura, Anna Caravelle, My Dry Wet Mess, Sahy Uhns, and the supreme beat team of Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, and Samiyam who popped in late for the festivities.

“Bottomfeeders Remix/No Resolution 2” Live @ The Hidden House in Phoenix

Here’s an idea of what to expect in LA on Sunday…

MUCH LOVE to the new friends and fans we met last night at the Hidden House.  I wasn’t sure if our brand of gunshot jazz would capture the audience, but after Curly Castro set off the night with a bone-breaking set, we felt like the sharks were ready for some new blood.  Peace to Random for repping Philly extra hard last night too–his set made us feel like we were at the Khyber back home!

Many many many more pics and video coming y’all.

Video courtesy of So Much Silence.

American Absinthe: Summer Mix Series Vol. 2

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After the good vibes I collected from Fade to Blonde, I thought it would only be righteous to compile another mix of actual music that soundtracked our last party here on South Street in Philadelphia.  The latest party was for 4th of July.  To celebrate the day of penultimate patriotism, we brought the essentials: burgers, fresh cherries, lite beer that tastes like lime, tiny fire crackers, absinthe, and of course….wrongful arrests.  Realize it’s all real (c) Pitch Black

Naturally, selections from the Team America World Police soundtrack had to be included, as was J Dilla’s funky takedown of Detroit’s finest boys in blue.  There all here, from Hudson Mohawke to The Kills to a spry LL Cool J lusting for bouncing earrings, chilling on the front deck, stuffing their faces with hot dogs, and doing the Dame Dash dance to “Throw Some D’s On It”.   Hope you enjoy it!


1.  America (F*** Yeah) – Team America World Police

2.  Party is Goin’ On Over Here – Busta Rhymes

3.  Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre

4.  Things Are Getting Better – N.E.R.D.

5.  Jingling Baby (Remix) – LL Cool J

6.  My Doorbell – The White Stripes

7.  Encore (Dangermouse Remix) – Jay-Z & The Beatles

8.  Take Me I’m Yours – Squeeze

9.  Save Their Souls (DJ Spinna Mix) – Bohannon

10.  How to Roll a Blunt – Redman

11.  Kryptonite – Purple Ribbon All-Stars

12.  Fuse – Hudson Mohawke

13.  F*** the Police – J Dilla

14.  Getting Down – The Kills

15.  Floozy – The Knux

16.  Mary Jane (DJ Spinna Mix) – Rick James

17.  Soul to Squeeze – Red Hot Chili Peppers

18.  America (F*** Yeah) Reprise – Team America World Police

19.  Where is My Mind (Cover) – Nada Surf

Stream American Absinthe mix at Mixcloud

Download American Absinthe mix via Usershare plus bonus MP3 “Eric Lindros (Nex Millen Broad Street Bully Remix)” 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers f/ Alex Ludovico

5 O’Clock Shadowboxers + Curly Castro Live Freestyle Over Tobacco’s “TV All Greasy”

A quick 3 minutes of off-the-head dexterity over a cut from Tobacco’s new unmercifully funky release Maniac Meat.  Live from the Mar Bar on June 19th.  Adjust your speakers accordingly–this joint is bass HEAVY.

We’ll be bringing the pain this Sunday at the M Room for the all ages event GENTRIFEST alongside punk bands, Suicide Girls, and the homies Dumhi and Random.  Poster for the show will be up tomorrow, gumshoes.

Live Tonight on G-Town Radio


My friends at The Rec Show on G-Town Radio are my home away from terrestrial radio home.  Just click on the link and then select “Listen Hi” or “Listen Lo” above the radio knobs up top.

Myself and Curly Castro will be on there like Scandanavian swimwear from 8pm-10pm.   We’ll be talking about our coming show this Saturday at the Mar Bar, doing some freestyles, and chiming on the discussion for tonight’s show: is 9 1/2 Weeks the sexiest movie of all time?  OF ALL TIME!?* 

My pick?  The Brown Bunny

*Kanye’s pick is a toss-up between Caligula and American Pie 2