from “Nights & Weekends EP” available now on iTunes
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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
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.
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.
Danny Brown is not only a gap-toothed rhyming sensation that has been adopted by hipsters and diehard rap fanatics but one Wrecking Crew’s favorite emcees since 2010′s The Hybrid (still a better LP than XXX in our mighty opinion). Naturally, we jumped like High Street robbers at the chance to remix Danny’s single “Grown Up“, which featured the Spike Jonze-ian video and Scion seal of approval.
Has-Lo & Zilla Rocca each got behind the boards to chin check “Grown Up” for laughs and a soft pack of Newport. Has-Lo’s remix is analogue grit with a dash of fairy tale grace. Zilla Rocca’s remix is ambient nostalgia battered with breakbeats and vocal clips. Wrecking Crew remixes are never dull.