“In many ways, it’s the opposite of a record like XXX. Whereas Danny Brown’s latest brilliantly treats the creep of 30 as an excuse to crawl with paranoia and fear and loathing, Nights and Weekends is the sound of an artist relaxing and slipping comfortably within his own Executive trench coat. Zilla’s earlier Shadowboxer efforts spit out bleak Philadelphia gloom with sharpened pencil, lead poisoned precision, Nights and Weekends finds him kicking back and sipping on Creme de Menthe, with the requisite Phillip Marlowe clips still Netflixed”—Passion of the Weiss on Nights & Weekends
“I took all guns away, anything that would have to do with what I’d call the ‘easy kill.” Because when you have to use your bare hands it becomes closer to your heart.” Recently he shot a gun—an uzi, actually—for the first time. “In film [gunplay] looks so intoxicating, but in real life it’s just really, really boring. I think killing people physically, in a hand-to-hand situation, or mentally is more fascinating.”—Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Drive, to the Philly Weekly
The lead single off “Nights & Weekends EP” features fellow Wrecking Crew member Has-Lo (Mello Music Group) and produced by Dr. Quandary (World Around Records). Colorful dressings, vivid shades of cinema, solids for the winter, brightness in the summer. Y’all fade to black — this is full spectrum.
“Wait till you meet our screenwriter. You have never seen anything like him. At first, I didn’t think he was real — but he grows on you, and now I’d like to carry him around in my pocket, and take him out whenever I need a laugh.”—Humphrey Bogart on Truman Capote
From Philly to Cardiff to the Hague, this joint has been in the making since 2007. In the run up to Ralph Rip Shit’s new track with producer P.L.O. this tracks has just been released by our friends Associated Minds. “Knock Knock” is a rugged treat for your ears with Zilla Rocca and Ralph Rip Shit killing it on the mic and Lou Hekla seriously murdering on the beat with that dusty goodness! Available as a free download on Ralph’sbandcamp page.
While rappers are pumping out videos left and right, usually of themselves in a club, mansion, cars, or the hood, Philly’s Zilla Rocca doesn’t even appear in his new video for the tune “Black Cherry” of the upcoming Nights & Weekends. Always rhyming something fresh, with his cocky and confident steez shining through the story weaving bars.
“Zilla Rocca, the black cherry plucker, public pool poisoner, Scorsese Cinephile, bottle breaker, corner store crusher, flavor aficionado, Chef conisseur, root beer fade fanatic, dime store detective, pulp fiction sage, comic book kingpin. Al Pacino poltergeist, dame dropper, Barcelona breakfaster, Mojito masher, Cohiba filtered flatfoot, noir-hop creator. Best consumed with a Winchester and a Winchester.”—Passion of the Weiss on “Black Cherry”