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
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.
After HipHopDX named Wu-Tang Pulp as the #10 Mixtape of 2012, bumping Death Gripz and Childish Gambino to Honorable Mention, the Wrecking Crew knew they had to strike like masked avengers while the samurai steel was hot.
Enter the video for “Scallops”. Directed by F. Pat Murray of Glass Canon Films (of “Full Spectrum 2″ fame) and filmed in historically beloved locations from every pocket of Philadelphia, the short film “plays out like a supernatural heist film; Has is a would-be hit-man being interrogated by a group of intense assassins; Castro is the member of his crew whose telepathic powers save the day, while Zilla drives the getaway car out of the Celebre’s Pizza parking lot.” – WXPN’s The Key
Paid customers will receive an exclusive bonus cut “Known Piranhas” by Curly Castro x My Man Shafe x Zilla Rocca x Has-Lo produced by The Expert.
Tomorrow night November 29th, the #1 villains in ya area Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, and Nex Millen will be forming a triumvirate of debauchery at World Cafe Live to celebrate the release of Party With Villains EP. Known co-defendants Dewey Decibel and My Man Shafe shall be hiding from the long arms as well.
It’s a FREE show at the most decadent venue in Philly. Use the extra coin to buy your favorite villains a boilermaker or two. Here’s the info:
Thurs Nov. 29th
And remember folks…don’t make headlines, make money
You a fan of The Wire? This track is right up your alley, then. Taken from Zilla Rocca‘s Party With Villains EP, this is the final track in the “Major Crimes” trilogy, which found Zilla, Curly Castro and Small Professor dedicated tracks to characters from this dynamic TV show (you might want to check out “Bunk” and “McNulty” before throwing this one on).
Alongside Wrecking Crew affiliates Has-Lo and Curly, Zilla paints a picture about this particularly infamous villain, showcasing the seedy underbelly of the political game over a fly organ-driven track from Small Professor. Some shit to scheme and plot to. Sheeeeeeeeit! -Pigeons and Planes
Premiering yesterday at Pigeons and Planes, Wrecking Crew rebel Curly Castro falls further down the rabbit hole of science fiction and New York nightmares before the release of his LP FIDEL with “Nu Guinea”, an instrumental by acclaimed producer Skream. Calling inZilla Rocca to take out the knees, “Nu Guinea” is for “any one of you who bug out over the idea of someone watching you (be it Big Brother or that crackhead on your morning train), bounce to this”
Why are we drawn to those that prey on the weak? Why do we root for the bad guy? Why do we secretly lust for danger in our everyday lives? Because it’s a helluva party…while it lasts.
The noir hop originator Zilla Rocca returns with “Party With Villains EP”, a good, swift, and violent seven track release inspired by crimes and criminals of Philadelphia (“Ron Previte”), pop culture (“Clay Davis”), and athletics (“The Q and the A”).
“Party With Villains” means smiling at the friendly wolves who just might nip at your neck tomorrow. Growing up during the South Philadelphia Mob Wars of the ’80s and ’90s under noted mafia kings Nicky Scarfo, Ralph Natale, and Joey Merlino, Zilla Rocca has channeled the commonly accepted brutal history of his backyard into another lean project of deft storytelling and leather worn zen, this time with an eye for local watering holes (“12 Steps Down”), the turmoil of La Cosa Nostra’s mayhem (“Don’t Make Headlines, Make Money”), and embracing your town’s history rather than judging it (“Nothing in the Bank”).
Longtime collaborators the Wrecking Crew (Curly Castro x Has-Lo x Small Professor), Nex Millen, Mally, and Alex Ludovico were chosen like trusted grease men for a bank heist, while newcomers Alpha 1 and The Expert were outside hitters called in to join the party.
So don’t make headlines, make money.
Official album release party:
Wed Nov. 28th @ World Cafe Live
Performing alongside Dewey Decibel, My Man Shafe and more!
Official Party With Villains tee shirts designed by Dewey Decibel coming soon….
Grit your teeth and think of Philadelphia, as always.
“Pulp”: cheap books or magazines: novels or magazines produced on cheap paper, especially crime, horror, or science fiction stories
You know Wu-Tang, but what is Pulp about this? Pulp is a paperback wrinkle, something dirty and edgy, something only a select few would ever embrace. Frayed corners and shaky spines on yellow magazines, hidden under desks and store counters. Crime. Horror. Devastation. Greed. Science Fiction. Violence. Women. The city. Wu-Tang has mixed these ingredients into various albums since 1993. Wu-Tang Pulp pours them all in the same flask.
What started as a simple idea in 2009 has formed into a completely flushed out re-imagining of the most iconic collective in hip hop history. Wu-Tang Pulp is an album shaped from the hearts and minds of three diehard killa bee fanatics who spared no details in paying the ultimate homage to their heroes. Tackling records from RZA, Ghostface, Method Man, etc. is no easy task when you grew up with 36 Chambers in your Walkman, drawing the “W” on your high school composition books, and rocking Tommy Hilfiger tees in the summer because Raekwon said so.
The Wrecking Crew (Curly Castro x Has-Lo x Zilla Rocca) built Wu-Tang Pulp like a film, and cast rappers and producers from around the world to play the parts of specific criminologists from the Wu cannon. You may not be familiar with all the names, but hell – Ghostface didn’t reveal his face until 1995. Trust the slang doctors and the scientists behind the boards.
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Stream now at Soundcloud
Dropping Tues Sept 4th, 2012
1. “Circling the Premises” (prod by Has-Lo & Zilla Rocca)
Gee Dubs aka Smoke Saloon, Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, Castle aka Franky Rooks, Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage, Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato
2. “The Boxcutter Went” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato, Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage, Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, Elucid aka E Gutta
3. “Mad Light Inside the Dark” (prod by Small Professor)
Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage & Elucid aka E Gutta
4. “Scallops” (prod by Y?Arcka)
Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage, Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato
5. “Crown Renowned Kings” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
Random aka MegaRan, Al Mighty aka Al Lyrikal, Gee Dubs aka Smoke Saloon, Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato
6. “Dedicated to the Winners and the Losers” (prod by Has-Lo)
Castle aka Franky Rooks & Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato
7. “Pain Bringer” (prod by Has-Lo)
Ethel Cee aka Vietnam Betty, Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato
8. “FCK YR LF (Verse 32)” (prod by Floodwatch)
BLKHRTS aka The Tremor Brothers & Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston
9. “Mystery Inside” (prod by Son Raw)
My Man Shafe aka Muscles Minkavich & Alaina Nelson aka Domino Sable
10. “Awkard Slang” (prod by Castle)
Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato & Alaina Nelson aka Domino Sable
11. “Monty Hall Expo” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston & Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage
12. “Devastating Mentality” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage & Deal the Villain aka Deal Dollars
13. “12:10″ (prod by Has-Lo)
Castle aka Franky Rooks, Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato, Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage, Alaina Nelson aka Domino Sable
14. “Homeless Swordsman” (prod by Disco Vietnam)
Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston
15. “Venom #2″ (prod by Has-Lo)
Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, Zero Star aka Cobra Tongue, Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage, Yonnas Abraham aka Arsenic LaBeau
16. “Pulp Banga 101″ (prod by Small Professor)
Curly Castro aka Smuggla Winston, Has-Lo aka Lo Custamato, Boogieman Dela aka Mischief Muhammed, Dave Little aka Digable Slim, Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage
Art Direction, Design & Layout by Kyle Tierce aka Johnny Holograms for Memetic Supply Co.
Photography by Anthony James aka AJ Mirrors for RHYMESTREET.com
Photo Trace by Antonio Diaz aka Smooth Hand Tone
Mixing & Mastering by Zilla Rocca aka Vic Sage @ The International Dart Parlour, Philadelphia
Wu-Tang Pulp Trailer