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The Key Studio Sessions: Career Crooks

I feel like “ravenous” is a solid adjective to use when talking about Philly rapper Zilla Rocca. Ravenous consumer of popular culture. Ravenous collector of hip-hop records and trivia tidbits. Can somebody ravenously rock the mic? I don’t know, but if it’s possible, he can do it.

He’s been kicking around the scene as long as The Key has been around, in various permutations of his Wrecking Crew collective: their hard-boiled 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, his production and hype man work alongside Curly Castro, and his solo noir-hop outings. His latest is called Career Crooks, and it finds him teaming up with Small Professor for moody throwbacks to the late 80s and early 90s NYC scene; textural ref points include Nas, Mobb Deep, and 36 Chambers-era Wu-Tang (the semi-official Beatles of the Wrecking Crew), while Zilla’s gravelly flow recalls a bit of Action Bronson and Slick Rick.

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Stream Zilla Rocca and Small Professor’s debut Career Crooks album, Good Luck with That

Career Crooks | photo via careercrooks.bandcamp.com

Individually, DJ Zilla Rocca and producer, Small Professor have been crushing it for years. Just imagine the dream of utter jams that a collab could produce. You have that beauty pictured? Okay, great – now throw that imaginary concoction out the window because there actually is a real, live duo debut from Rocca and Professor, and it most likely exceeds even your dreamt up wildest hopes. Continue reading →

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New hip-hop duo Career Crooks’ embrace the creative side of life with “Least Important Most Important”

Career Crooks | via youtube.com
Career Crooks | via youtube.com

Mad Men’s Don Draper once said “We’re going to sit at our desks and keep typing while the walls fall down around us because we’re creative – the least important, most important thing there is.” Philly’s newest hip-hop duo Career Crooks (made of wordsmith Zilla Rocca and resident beat-maker Small Professor) confidently embraces Draper’s words by representing the creative on debut single “Least Important Most Important” off of the duo’s debut album Good Luck With That, out early 2017.

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