|“Everyone loves rap but no one loves rappers” — that’s the ultimate truth of the universe. Zilla Rocca & PremRock spread the sorry gospel on stages from Oakland to New York on the original song “Never Tell Em You’re a Rapper” taken from the Neo Noir mixtape. The OG version was a beatjack from Odd Nosdam of Anticon. The remix is straight from the trap courtesty of longtime Three Dollar Pistol colaboratorJason Griff, but the sentiment is the same – you can crank the BPM’s but you can’t shake the stigma of “yes yes y’all” in the real world.
“With hand claps, rolling toms, and other signature trap tropes, Griff’s remix raises the energy bar on the original. Prem and Zilla still dissuade against the career path, at least while it’s a part-time hobby, but Griff’s remix title also acts as valuable advice since snitches lurk everywhere.” – Impose Magazine
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”
Coffee shops. Trader Joe’s. Museums. Three places to capture a hot tamale that’s brunette, booksmart, and bowling for big thrills.
Don’t feel awkward — it’s always when you’re not looking that you stumble upon from a doe-eyed dame with legs and brains that never quit. Leave the bars and the clubs for the turnstile types. Get your museum pass right here from Dewey Decibel and Zilla Rocca from their upcoming EP How To Make It in Philadelphia, dropping this fall via Bold New Breed & Three Dollar Pistol.
Wrecking Crew & Otherground vs. Pusha T
“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
During my rap career, I’ve noticed no matter which rapper I talk to, whether they’re from Philly or Chicago or Vegas, we all deep down have a small flame of doubt inside of us. I wrote this song because doubt clouds the fact that we are all successful already. Right now. Success is invisible
Inspired by Ed Brubaker’s Criminal comic series as well as the Zilla Rocca’s hometown South Philly jungle gyms packed with wild colts scratching their names on corners, “Young Blood” is about trigger happy adolescents without wisdom. Roc Marciano tells a story of Long Island snuffed out glory. Has-Lo picks up acid guitars and drops them like another school budget.
“Over rugged production by Has-Lo, Zilla raps on the hook, “The blood of the young makes the world go round/ But young bloods are gunning us down/ They want to live forever, they want to get it now/ They want to do it right, they never know how.”
And Roc Marc adds on with his own vivid and tragic tale of a young dude from around the way trying to get his in the streets, rapping, “He’s a loner, purple haze aroma like a stoner/ No diploma, sippin’ Coronas and bi-polar/ Trying to take the block over, older n**s from a block over/ Got the word now they out to knock his block over.” It’s definitely real in the field, youngin’.
Check the premiere at Complex.com
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.