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Stream Has-Lo’s hypnotic new track “Exhale”

Photo via www.has-lo.bandcamp.com
Photo via www.has-lo.bandcamp.com

The next time you need musical accompaniment to your breathing exercises or just something to unwind to, listen to Has-Lo’s new track “Exhale”. The Philadelphia-bred emcee first made a name for himself back in 2007 after placing in the top 5 of MTVU’s Best Music On Campus contest and has been working relentlessly ever since. On the new track, we find Has-Lo showcasing a relaxed flow over a hypnotic loop, bringing to mind A Tribe Called Quest’s 1994 hit “Electric Relaxation”.

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Watch a new music video for The Wrecking Crew’s “Scallops” (Zilla Rocca plays The Key’s Tuesday Tune-Out on 1/15)

A sweet cinematic music video appeared from The Wrecking Crew today – that’s Philly rappers Zilla Rocca, Has-Lo and Curly Castro, assembled in force to pay homage to the Wu-Tang Clan with their Wu-Tang Pulp project. The clip for “Scallops” 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. Watch it below, and catch Zilla Rocca next Tuesday the 15th of January when he plays The Key’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA. Information on the show can be found here.

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Stream new Small Professor’s Yokozuna album

Philly hip-hop master Small Professor plays his third card of Japan-referencing releases with Yokozuna, a brand new EP featuring 8 remixed tracks from Gigantic Vol. 1 right after October’s Cool Story, Pro and Cool Haiku, Pro, released three weeks ago. Yokozuna rounds out the trio with a brand new song, “The Easiest Way” with Guilty Simpson, and revisits the track “Spare Razor” also with Guilty Simpson & Reef the Lost Cauze. There’s also a hypnotic new version of “When The Last Leaf Falls” by Has-Lo of Wrecking Crew. Stream the album in its entirety below.

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Zilla Rocca talks reinterpreting Wu-Tang Clan with the Wrecking Crew

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 →

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Watch a video for Zilla Rocca’s “Full Spectrum 2″; new EP drops today

Self-styled noir-hop MC Zilla Rocca is big on reworking and re-imagining his music, both through remixes or response songs; sequels, if you will. This week he premiered a new music video for “Full Spectrum 2″ – a follow up to a track on his 2011 Nights and Weekends EP. The video was shot with a crew of fellow Philly rappers; Has-Lo and Open Mike Eagle trade verses on the songs, while Dewey Decibel‘s artwork is prominently featured throughout the video (you can actually spot him dancing in the background of some shots). The video coincides with the release of Zilla’s Full Spectrum EP, a collection of remixes out today. Grab the EP as a pay-what-you-wish download at Zilla’s Bandcamp page and watch the video below.

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Download a new song from The Wrecking Crew’s homage to Wu-Tang featuring Ethel Cee, Curly Castro and Has-Lo


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.

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Download a new Wu-Tang homage from Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro and Has-Lo AKA The Wrecking Crew

 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 x Curly Castro x Has-Lo – Scallops (prod by Y?Arcka) WU-TANG PULP by wreckingcrew

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