If you just went off of his Bandcamp discography, it might seem like Philly rapper Curly Castro hasn’t been too busy since the run of singles following his debut LP Winston’s Appeal. This would not be correct by a longshot; Castro’s excellent Fidel project dropped in 2013 via Man Bites Dog Records, he released EPs Brody and Restroy & Debuild with the Wrecking Crew in 2015 and 2015, respectively. Earlier this year, he and Zilla Rocca teamed up in the new duo project Grift Company, and not too long ago he revisited his debut with the remix / reimagining project Winston’s Dubplate.
So now that we’re up to speed on his Bandcamp extracurriculars, it’s a good time to dive into Castro’s latest; TOSH, his first full-length since Fidel. The project drops this Friday, December 14th, and Castro has given followers a few specimens to try out in advance of its release. The best way to do so is the frenetic sampla’ video, which finds Castro frantically fleeing through forests to the Death Grips trippiness of “Emory Dug,” giving school children a lesson in colonialism and oppression to “Snowball & Napolean,” and walking down the cut surrounded by cartoon caricatures of black men and women to “Dark Skinned Drum.” Watch the video, produced by Pat Murray of Glass Canon Film, below.
Castro also released two singles from TOSH on his Bandcamp page, the culinarily playful “Ital-You-Can-Eat,” and the distorted boom-bap of “Night Terra Fabulous.” Stream those below and grab a pre-order of the record here.