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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We can all agree (I hope) that the old “can’t judge a book by its cover” adage applies just as easily to albums. From Magical Mystery Tour to Rumours, The Talking Heads to The Smashing Pumpkins, and even this year’s standout Cat Power LP Sun, there’s a rich history of great music hiding behind heinous artwork. So does album art matter?
I think no and yes. “No” in that it’s about the music, not the packaging. In a world of digital listening, we interact with the songs themselves more immediately than ever before – there’s not that barrier of a bizarro / ugly sleeve to “get over,” in the event you find the sleeve bizarro and / or ugly. But also, “yes” in that cover art is still a way an musician represents themselves and their work. It may no longer be a first impression, but it is an impression, and you can almost look at it as an indicator of how much care they put into their overall project. And even on a more practical end, sure, physical releases no longer drive sales, but they are prized by collectors – the 180 gram vinyl editions and so forth are the sort of thing where people use the download card, then frame the LP cover and hang it on their wall. Would you really want to have Grimes’ frantic scribbled acid freakout hanging in your living room? (Okay, maybe you do.)
This week, UK music and culture blog The 405 listed their worst and best album covers of the year – lively reads, always – and it got me thinking about the role album art plays in 2012. Do you ignore it? Do you (like me) get antsy when your iTunes doesn’t have artwork for all its mp3s? What was the worst decade for album covers? (Hint: the 90s.) Which album covers blew you away this year? Which made you wretch? Discuss in the comments section, and check out some standout Philadelphia album covers from 2012 after the jump. 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.
Beat maker, musician and producer Small Professor (AKA Small Pro) is getting ready to release a new record called Gigantic, Volume 1. In anticipation of its release, he’s put out an official prequel “remixtape” featuring The Wrecking Crew (Curly Castro, Has-Lo, and Zilla Rocca), Elzhi, Phat Kat, Deal The Villain, MaLLy, Che Grand, Elucid, and Kane Mayfield. Stream and download Gigantic, Vol. 0 here or below.
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.