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
You want a lite beer? Hit the Radisson. This is top shelf liquor.
“Stormy Monday”, barreled and crafted by Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers, aged in oak casks by Has-Lo (Mello Music Group), who produces and guests on the mic, chiseled with ice picks by The Kid Daytona (LRG)before sitting in front of you in this chalice. Dedicated to dark wood paneled speakeasy’s and sultry women who are good till the last drop, “Stormy Monday” isn’t about a quick buzz — it’s holding something in a glass that lasts all night.
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
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