On the heels of releasing their long-awaited Wu-Tang Pulp project, Philly rappers Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro of The Wrecking Crew sat down with the folks at Rhymestreet.com to talk about the method behind the album’s madness, share some thoughts on the state of hip-hop, and perform for the cameras at The Arts Garage. Check out the video below.
We’ve been hearing about this project for a couple years now – Wu-Tang Pulp, an homage to hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan featuring Philly MCs Curly Castro, Has-Lo and Zilla Rocca. Individual teaser tracks have popped up here and there, and this week the entire collection surfaced as a name-your-own-price download.
But what is it, exactly? A covers record? Those don’t look like Wu-Tang song-titles. They don’t sound like familiar Wu-Tang beats. Are they deep cuts and rarities? Are they never-released jams? Might The Wrecking Crew be be such fans / obsessives that they’re into a whole other depth of Wu obscuro nerdery? Note the “Pulp” in the album title – these are comic book loving dudes, after all. Continue reading
The musical adventures of The Wrecking Crew (including some of Philly’s most notable hip-hoppers Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, Has-Lo and Small Professor) continues with this funky new jam from Wu-Tang Pulp, their homage to Wu-Tang. “Pain Bringer” Ethel Cee adds some serious flavor to the mix with Has-Lo and Curly Castro. Download it below. You can grab some more tracks from the Wu-Tang Pulp project here.
Philadelphia indie-rock five-piece Goodnight Lights will sit in as guest DJs on tonight’s installment of the XPN2 Philly Local show. The band is gearing up to release its latest full-length, As Far as the Moon, and will feature selections from the album in its DJ set, as well as a playlist of some of their favorite fellow South Jersey musicmakers like In Grenada and It’s A King Thing. We’ll also get the details on their album release show, happening this Saturday night, June 16, at Johnny Brenda’s.
Listen in at 88.5 HD-2 or XPN2.org during the 8 p.m. hour of tonight’s Philly Local Show to catch Goodnight Lights’ set; you can also tune in early to catch Pet Milk’s Key Studio Session during the 7:00 hour, and stick around for the 9:00 hour, when we’ll showcase new music from Young Gliss, Everyone Everywhere, Curly Castro and the BITBY Tape Club compilation.
Back in January, Philly rapper Curly Castro made some noise in our studio alongside Zilla Rocca, his sidekick in 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, for their Key Studio Session. Since that initial burst of energy, Castro has kept the momentum going between performances in support of his impressive, insightful debut long-player Winston’s Appeal; imaginative remix releases and a smokin’ one-off single (“TeenAger“); not to forget his contributions to the simmering Wu-Tang Pulp project.
Even with all that productivity, we’ve already got a taste of the followup full-length Castro plans to release next year. Check out the video for “They Call Me Castro” below – it was filmed by Mighty Joe Castro in October and November at Occupy Philly and at various locales in West Philly. Give it a watch and get psyched for Fidel, which will be released in early 2012.
Rappers and producers Has-Lo, Curly Castro, and Zilla Rocca have been working together as The Wrecking Crew on a homage to Wu-Tang Clan called Wu-Tang Pulp. Below, download the new song, “Scallops” a reworking of the classic rap track “Fish” originally on Ghostface Killah’s Ironman album. Download “Scallops” then compare it to “Fish.” Grab more songs from The Wrecking Crew’s Wu-Tang Pulp project here.
Zilla Rocca has released the first song from his forthcoming Nights And Weekends EP, which you can download below. “Full Spectrum” features fellow Wrecking Crew member Has-Lo and was produced by Dr. Quandary. This Thursday night Zilla Rocca will be backed up by Curly Castro for a free show at The Rogues Gallery 11 S. 21st St. (between Market and Chestnut near the Medusa Lounge) at 9 p.m., 21+ show.