Photo by Laura Lynn Photography
Read my first feature at Noisey on the new crate diggin': YouTube samples and MP3 blogs. Insights from Blockhead, Paul White, J-Zone, Small Professor, and Quelle Chris.
Zilla Rocca vs. Clams Casino
“On the Freak Beat”
Zilla Rocca & PremRock vs. Odd Nosdam
“Never Tell Them You’re a Rapper
“The Colored Water Fountain”
Zilla Rocca & Curly Castro vs. Zavala
“Blood on Blood Converse”
Big shouts to Warren Britt for the cinemas
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.
The first video (directed by Dave Hall) from Zilla Rocca’s blue tape Neo Noir is the Blakroc jux move “17 Days in VA”, a slice of life in the sticks when the getaway falls apart, the craft beer is lacking, and the thirst for the city starts making you batty.
As seen as Passion of the Weiss, the video finds the “Philly noir-rap originator slant[ing] in the shadows, sneaking behind graf-scarred walls and thickets that threaten to engulf him…[Zilla Rocca] continues to evolve into one of the most unique and best-writers in hip-hop.”
“17 Days in VA” is available on the limited pressing of Neo Noir on dark blue cassette (less than 50 available) along with an exclusive cocktail coaster for $8.
You can order Neo Noir on cassette, along with discounted t-shirts woven from the finest criminal cloths, at the online merch table via Three Dollar Pistol Music on bandcamp