Wrecking Crew x PremRock x DJ Halo on Shots Fired Podcast

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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.


A View From Phoenix Part Deux

When you fly to Phoenix in February, you expect to be greeted with lizards, burritos, and margaritas.  Really, anything but the blankets of arctic wind, snow, and soul sucking gloom that typifies the first 60 days of a new year on the East Coast. 

When we got to Phoenix last month, we got rain.  According to the locals, two days of rain is rarer than a GZA guest appearance.  It causes people to panic.  The city is not equipped to deal with precipitation on this level.  Puddles everywhere.  Parking lots become reservoirs.  It’s not like walking by Broad and Market where the rastas sell $5 umbrellas on stands next to incense, bootleg tees, and mix CD’s (still).  No one has an umbrella in that entire town. 

Fortunately, Curly Castro and I once again found comfort in turkey sandwiches at The Main Ingredient, a hip lounge that plays Grand Puba, Pete Rock, Grand Agent, and old Heiro for its dining customers.  Back in September, we feasted with Random aka MegaRan and our host Kevin Murphy from So Much Silence.  This time we debated the joys and pain of Common (mostly pain) with Nocando and Open Mike Eagle with a side serving of Jeff Weiss, all three Los Angelenos who escaped All-Star Weekend to kick it in land of Jared Dudley for our show at the Hidden House.  Below are some pics I took, followed by video from the show.  I do wish I shot video of the bar we hit in Scottsdale — first time I ever heard Insane Clown Posse in public.

Open Mike Eagle


Deck the walls with 90's vinyl at The Main Ingredient

Curly Castro, Mike Eagle, and Kevin Murphy at Main Ingredient

Nocando and his retro cola, Jeff Weiss, and Kevin Murphy at Main Ingredient

Click here to see more photos from our first trip to Phoenix in Sept. 2010 

Spit Suicide, Nocando, Curly Castro and Open Mike Eagle freestyle at the Hidden House

Open Mike Eagle freestyle

5 O’Clock Shadowboxers feat Curly Castro “High Noon” live

Overlooked Jawbreakers from 2010

I’ve contributed many words before the Christmas break at Passion of the Weiss and Metal Lungies on my favorite and/or best pieces of music in 2010.  Here’s a few overlooked great hip hop songs from this past 365.

Hell Razah “Kids in the Street”

Slum Village f/ J Dilla, Posdnous, Phife Dawg “Scheming”

Inspectah Deck “The Champion”

Nocando “Exploits and Glitches”

Naughty by Nature “I Gotta Lotta”

Dumhi f/ Elucid “No Redemption”

DJ Muggs vs. Ill Bill f/ Sean Price, Sick Jacken, OC “Trouble Shooters”

yU “Fine”

Danny Brown “Re-Up”

Big Boi f/ T.I. and Khujo Goodie “Tangerine”

Greenhouse “Spin Cycle”

Nocando is Enjoying a Lovely Morning in Bali

As our homie Nocando invades to the actual Shaolin on tour (not the Wu-Tang’s honeycomb hideout in Staten Island) with his metal jawed vocab from years in Project Blowed and the ass spanking beats from Low End Theory and Alpha Pup Recods, he felt inspired to wake up hungover and freestyle for our delight.  Even in that stage, unaware of his surroundings and the concept of time, he will still annihilate you if you ever hiccup a battle rhyme in his direction.

Make sure you pick up his LP Jimmy the Lock if you haven’t.

And if you have some time, allow him to Learn You Something right here at Clap Cowards.

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