Yesterday our pal Zilla Rocca grabbed our attention when he tweeted about local hip-hop producer Arckatron. Born Shawn Kelly, the beat manipulator grew up in Jersey but moved to Philly to go to school at Temple. You can read an in-depth article with him here, but definitely download (for free) Ark’s new 52pickUPbeetz below. It’s filled with crafty samples and beats that draws on reggae, old soul, Dilla styled beats, fusion funk and just about everything in the digital kitchen sink. This crate digger and sound architect has got some serious skills.
Not only is Philly MC Zilla Rocca skilled at kickin’ wicked rhymes of his own creation, he’s a master of interpretation and extrapolation, from his choice of sample material to his “covers.” See his Wu-Tang Pulp project with Curly Castro and Has-Lo. See also this cover of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” by The Beatles, which appears on his Weak Stomach EP, released this week. Listen below. And catch Zilla tonight when he plays upstairs at The Legendary Dobbs at 11 p.m.
Local emcee Zilla Rocca will take the stage at PhilaMOCA for The Key’s second Tuesday Tune-Out tonight. Getting his start as one-half of rap duo 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Rocca welded his passion for film noir with his passion for hip hop to create his own “noir-hop” solo material. On each of his releases, from last year’s Party Like Villains to the collaborative Wu-Tang Pulp effort, Rocca samples clips from and makes references to film noir and pulp fiction from the ’40s and ’50s. Rocca will follow-up tonight’s Tune-Out set with a screening of a 2005 dark comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page. Watch Zilla Rocca’s video for “Full Spectrum” below.
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.
For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, Philly rapper Zilla Rocca shares his top five verses of the year, and also makes a few suggestions for Philly watering holes, whether your poison is beer or cocktails.
Zilla Rocca’s top 5 verses of 2012
1. Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid”
2. Nas “Loco-Motive”
3. Roc Marciano “Tek to a Mack”
4. Killer Mike “Reagan”
5. Aesop Rock “Crows 2” Continue reading →
We’ll begin January 8 with an exciting solo set by Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, continue on January 15 with some funky noir-hop from Zilla Rocca, present an improvisatory instrumental set from Birdie Busch and Carl Cheeseman on January 22 and conclude on January 29 with a rare solo performance by Frances Quinlan, frontwoman of Hop Along. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th St., are all-ages, with $5 suggested donation for admission. After the jump, get details about each show with links for more information. Continue reading →