60 Minutes of Murder: Neo Noir Mix

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Premiering at Do Androids Dance, the introductory mix to Zilla Rocca’s newest champagne bath Neo Noir Mixtape, the first mixtape from the healthy criminal in 5 years available on cassette (limited pressing) starting October 29, 2013. This mix is a rabble rouser of knuckle busters that inspired the creative process behind Neo Noir Mixtape. All frosting, no cake. You can read the full interview here 


1. Mr. Hill “Feeling Fine”
2. Silent Dust x Zilla Rocca “Massive”
3. Dabrye feat Guilty Simpson & Paradime “Special”
4. Elucid “Whirlwind Thru Cities”
5. Mexicans With Guns feat. Freddie Gibbs & Bun B “Highway to Hell”
6. Starkey feat Zilla Rocca “Drowning Venice (Airtight Refix)” EXCLUSIVE
7. CRS “Us Placers”
8. Dirty Beaches “Lord Knows Best”
9. Cotton Jones “Gotta Cheer Up”
10. The Beatnuts feat Tony Touch “Cocotaso”
11. Shabazz Palaces “Barksdale Corner”
12. Mos Def “White Drapes”
13. Starkey “Paradise (Rudi Zygadlo Remix)”
14. A$AP Rocky “Suddenly”
15. Flying Lotus feat Blu “GNG BNG (MeMix)”
16. Roc Marciano “Poltergeist”
17. Zilla Rocca vs. Javelin “2 Dollar Lunches feat Has-Lo” (TAKEN FROM NEO NOIR)
18. Why? “Against Me (Amp Live Remix)”
19. Green Lidget Position x Curly Castro “Teenager”
20. Dylan & Kitech feat Zilla Rocca x Elucid x Curly Castro “Philly Crime (Kitech’s Trip Hop Remix)” EXCLUSIVE
21. Four Tet “Angel Echoes”
22. Raekwon “Never Can Say Goodbye”



Universal Magnetic: World Around Records Podcast Episode 1

Here is the first ever World Around Records podcast. Hosted by yours truly. New and exclusive music from Man Mantis, Dr. Quandary, Algorhythms, myself, and more. East coast art hop. Instrumental banquet bangers. Gorgeous hangmen melodies.


Oomya – Man Mantis
Full Spectrum (Man Mantis Remix) – Zilla Rocca feat Has-Lo
Waterworld – JMega
Nothing (Am Breakups Remix) – Premrock feat Cavalier & DJ Addick
M.O.P.E. – Ambassadeurs
Die Everyday – Himero Yoshiteru
Benevolent Shadow – Dr. Quandary
Precious Little Time – Algorhythms
The Warnings – David Axelrod
Vienna – Dr. Quandary & Zilla Rocca
The Cost (Y?Arcka Mix) – Has-Lo

Listen now at Mixcloud


This is More Like Philly Crime

Dylan, the drum n bass hatchet man  behind Freak Recordings, was in LA this week and touched down for machete’s respect dnb radio show. The mp3 is the full two hour show.  You can catch me wrecking shop on “Straight to Hell” at one hour into the mix, probably the most punishing jawbreaker I wrote last year by a country mile. Peace to Khal for the alley-oop

1. smiler – dragon (freak forth)
2. kitech – bleeding eyes and aristocrats (freak forth)
3. dylan, audio & robyn chaos – rapture (treo & axiom rmx) (freak forth)
4. dylan & kitech feat. zilla rocca – straight to hell (dylan & kitech album)
5. throttler – blaze thorn (freak forth)
6. antichristus – vial (freak forth)
7. hostage – big shadow (freak forth)
8. xtm – cargo (necrotics rmx) (freak forth)
9. treo & kano – spy (freak forth)
10.dylan & kitech feat. robyn chaos – the truth isnt really real (freak forth)
11.limewax – everything (kitech rmx) (freak forth)
12.future signal – bloodbath (freak forth)
13.dylan & kitech – bad dreams in the night (freak forth)
14.hostage – ce tua (freak forth)
15.dylan & kitech feat. zilla rocca, curly castro & elucid – philly crime (freak forth)

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Nocturnalist Music: Zilla Rocca Presents The Nights & Weekends Mix

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The night time is the right time.  A collection of hip hop songs that soundtrack nightfall, Friday-Sunday. Have fun, y’all….

1.  Zilla Rocca – Overnight Recovery Intro
2.  Redman – Tonite’s Da Nite
3.  Aesop Rock ft. Mr Lif – 11:35
4.  Tha Alkaholiks – All Nite
5.  Zilla Rocca feat Curly Castro & My Man Shafe – Something Good (taken from Nights & Weekends EP)
6.  Johnson & Johnson – Up All Nite
7.  Nature & Noreaga – Friday Night
8.  De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturday’s”
9.  Ghostface Killah – Saturday Nite
10.  Mos Def – Twilite Speedball
11. Mobb Deep feat Raekwon – Nighttime Vultures
12. Slum Village – Da Night
13.  Zilla Rocca – Black Cherry (taken from Nights & Weekends EP)
14.  A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight
15.  All City – Afta Hourz
16.  Cam’ron – Weekend Girl

Stream and DL the mix at Mixcloud

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100dbs Salutes April 20th

This blog has never been anti-sativa (though it is certaintly anti-Can I Bus?) so why not celebrate the one day that justifies the DEA’s existence? 

 The homie 100dbs, who you will be learning more from in next week’s Let Me Learn You Something, grounded up a celebratory mix of Sublime, Peter Tosh, Malcolm McLaren, and more for the day where all smoke hounds call out sick from work, stock up on Chee-tos, and get cozy with Cheech Marin, Thomas Chong, and Pineapple Express on Blu-Ray.  At least that’s what Zombie Ronald Regan believes.

From 100dbs:

“I’ve never had this much fun with a mix before. When else have I had an excuse to drop the Minutemen alongside Tenor Saw with bits of a Malcolm McLaren tune creeping in the background? Say what you want about Sublime, but no single group introduced me to more musical styles and eras. I hope in some tiny way, I can show love back by outlining a cross-section of their rich (and poor) musical heritage. All respect due to Bradley and crew.”

Here’s the tracklisting:

Minutemen – History Lesson Part II
Sublime – Waiting For Bud
Cold Crush Brothers – Basketball Throwdown
Primal Scream – Loaded
Sublime – Free Loop Dub
Sublime – Q-Ball
James Brown – Funky Drummer
Sublime – Scarlet Begonias
Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
Sublime – Greatest Hits
Sublime – Foolish Fool
Cynthia Richards – Foolish Fool
Sublime – Roll Call
Sublime – Doin’ Time
Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals
Herbie Mann – Summertime
Sublime – Stepping Razor
Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor
Minutemen – It’s Expected I’m Gone
Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman
Sublime – Get Out
Led Zeppelin – The Lemon Song
Sublime – Caress Me Down
Clement Irie – Caress Mi Down
Sublime – Garden Grove
The Ohio Players – Funky Worm
Courtney Melody – Ninja Mi Ninja
Beyond the Valley of The Dolls (clip)
The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints
Sublime – The Cisco Kid
The Doors – When The Music’s Over

Stream and download the mix here

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)

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Big Stupid Revenge: Jawnzap7 & Zilla Rocca Beat Clash Mixed by Nex Millen



Zilla Rocca

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Nex Millen

Here’s a fresh podcast the homie Nex Millen, who remixed “Eric Lindros” on Broken Clocks EP and did all the cuts on  Bring Me the Head of Zilla Rocca, just put together mixing beats from my beat tape Big Stupid Bangers along with the homie Jawnzap7’s beat tape Tesla’s Revenge.

This joint henceforth shall be known as Big Stupid Revenge

Zap did the hook on “Dead Queens 2” off Broken Clocks as well as filling in at last month’s Double Entendre.  Like me, he pens darts and and crafts rhythmic jam downs in the lab with equal amounts of precision and “I’m going to do whatever the eff I want right not”-ness.  His beats are chaotic boom bap with epic moments of jilted Ong Bak head cracks. 

Nex Millen has been one of Philly’s best triple threats (DJ/producer/MC) since number 7 on the Eagles was originally Bobby Hoying.  Originally a member of Nuthouse with Dave Ghetto and Fel Sweetenberg, Nex has rocked monthly parties (like the Zodiac Party) behind the table and on the mic effortlessly.  His work with Camden MC Poesh Wonder always reminded me “Double Trouble” by The Roots and Mos Def off Things Fall Apart.  Naturally, Nex just went to work on the two beat tapes from Zap and I with no communication or heads up.  That’s just what Nex does–he goes to work….like an architecht (c) Kool Moe Dee/George Costanza

Stream and download here

Here’s the tracklisting:

1.  “Snake Charmer”–Jawnzap7
2.  “Roy Halladay”–Zilla Rocca
3.  “Blade of the Samurai”–Jawnzap7
4.  “Fresh to Death”–Zilla Rocca
5.  “Harry Houdini”–Jawnzap7
6.  “King Kong”–Zilla Rocca
7.  “The Bad Guys Wear White”–Jawnzap7
8.  “Song for my Father”–Zilla Rocca
9.  “Booo!”–Jawnzap7
10.  “A&Rz”–Zilla Rocca
11.  “Shatterproof”–Jawnzap7
12.  “Main Street Money”–Zilla Rocca
13.  “Evaporation”–Jawnzap7
14.  “Boomerang”–Zilla Rocca
15.  “Force Lightning”–Jawnzap7
16.  “Wild and Crazy Kids”–Zilla Rocca
17.  “Fucking Thing Sucks”–Jawnzap7
18.  “Crown Vic”–Zilla Rocca

Curly Castro & Zilla Rocca’s Str8 Westcoastin’ Mix

Artwork by Adam LaMonaca

Instead of just shooting out to Phoenix and Los Angeles this week and bombarding you with needless Tweets, Facebook pics, and food poisoning from Carl’s Jr as updates, myself and Castro decided the best look for everyone would be free music, specifically our favorite hip hop songs from the land of weather, women, and weed (not so much the Arizona Diamondbacks, traffic, John McCain, astronomical gas prices, and $9 grape spritzers at juice bars in West Hollywood).

Plus, incorporating 1995’s Devil in a Blue Dress into the cover art is apt — Don Cheadle had his breakout role as Mouse, a gold toothed goon who could kill a man with an ashtray , and Denzel did Walter Mosely proud as the well known LA private eye Easy Rawlins. I’m pretty sure it was the last time Tom Sizemore had all of his teeth too.

You can stream and DL the mix over at Mixcloud


You can download the mix as one long MP3 complete with 2 bonus MP3’s: Curly Castro’s new backside smackin’ single “West Indian Rum” (prod. by Margel Overton of Sela) along with “It’s Always 5 O’Clock Somewhere” by 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers off the Broken Clocks EP


1.  Zilla Rocca’s Hellafied Intro
2.  “Mix Tapes” The Nonce
3.  “Exploits and Glitches” Noncando
4.  “Critical (Madlib Remix)” Zion I f/ Planet Asia
5.  “Killin’ It” Tha Alkaholiks f/ Xzibit
6.  “Made N*****” 2pac f/ Outlawz
7.  “Ditty” Paperboy
8.  “Doggy Dogg World” Snoop Doggy Dogg f/ The Dogg Pound
9.  Curly Castro’s Brooklyn Dodger Lament
10.  “Still Cruisin'” Eazy E f/ The Game
11.  “Place of Birth” Planet Asia
12.  “Mr. Dobalina” Del Thee Funkee Homosapien
13.  “Tell Me When To Go” E-40 f/ Keak Da Sneak
14.  “She Swallowed It” N.W.A.
15.  “Soul On Ice (Diamond D Remix)” Ras Kass
16.  “Otha Fish” Pharcyde

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

Fade to Blonde: A Summer Mix

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It’s not always shady staircases and broken ashtrays around here, you know?

This is the first piece of soloist music I’ve dropped since the top of 2009 (*cough Bring Me the REMIX of Zilla Rocca*) that wasn’t all Shadowboxy.  While I prep some coming videos for Shadowboxers and polish off a remix project I’ve been chipping away at like an anorexic  working on a DQ Blizzard, I wanted to share this with you.  This mix was dwindled to an hour and twelve minutes from a massive 9 hour mix that soundtracked a recent BBQ party here at the Lizard Lounge in Philadelphia.

First, let me be honest: I’m no DJ.  I’m not even an ill corner pub iPod deejay.  But I have been compiling mixtapes since the 90 minute Maxells with the handwritten tracklisting in pen (that always got smudged by my fat ass balled up palms).  And I have editing software, so yeah….why not have fun with my vast library and keep the party rocking for all types of crowds?  Hence, Fade to Blonde: A Summer Mix. As we plan on having many many many more parties this summer, you might be getting more of these puppies even if you can’t bring a pack of kosher dogs and a case of PBR’s to the party.  After the DL links and the tracklisting is the recipe for my favorite summer drink along with pictures to perfect the mixture.

Stream and download the mix over at Soundcloud

Or just DL the mix straight from Usershare

1. The Theme – Tracey Lee
2. Live Alone – Franz Ferdinand
3. Brew Barrymore – Diplo
4. Drop – The Pharcyde
5. Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
6. Clap Hands – Beck
7. Nobody Beats the Biz – Biz Markie
8. Intervales Theme – Javelin
9. The Sun – Ghostface f/ Raekwon, Slick Rick, the RZA
10. Massage Situation – Flying Lotus
11. Yusef – Caribou
12. Try Again – Aaliyah
13. Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
14. Int’l Players Anthem – UGK f/ Outkast
15. One Track Mind – Mayer Hawthorne
16. Pretty Young Thing (Demo) (U-Tern Edit) – Michael Jackson
17. Bang a Gong – T.Rex
18. Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
19. So Ghetto – Jay-Z
20. How High Remix – Method Man & Redman
21. Steady as She Goes (Acoustic version) – The Raconteurs
22. Naughty Girl (DJ Topsin Remix) – Beyonce
23. Throw Some D’s – Rich Boy f/ Polow Da Don
24. Danke Shoen – Wayne Newton

Ingredients for 7-Up Spike

6-8oz of 7-Up soda
2-3 cubes of ice
Smirnoff Vodka (preferably non-flavored vodka of any kind, really)
Lemon or lime juice

1. Add 2-3 cubes of ice into glass

2. Pour desired amount of 7-Up soda (Sierra Mist is a solid replacement)

3. Pour desired amount of vodka (ideally less than the amount of soda poured, but hey–it’s your world)

4. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of lime juice. Lemon juice works as a good substitute though it is more sour so beware of the bitter face if you add much

5. Stir the concoction accordingly

6. Drink up suckas!

7. Cue up “It’s Always 5 O’Clock Somewhere” by 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers

8. Make summer your bitch