PremRock released a new EP yesterday and it’s called Who Art In Nada. The EP (it’s technically “album length” but being promoted as an EP release) features a few remixes from people like Willie Green, Uncommon Nasa, Dr. Quandary, and Zilla Rocca among others. The album is free of charge but definitely use the “Name Your Price” option to show some support.
The album is also being promoted with a video for the song “Rod Stewart” and is the track about ol’ Roderick? Find out and see where PremRock takes you.
“Fuck your feelings” is waht PremRock told me in this song, which is also made for you to listen to, which means he’s telling you about it too. It’s called “Lens”, and this version is a remix done by Zilla Rocca, faka.
Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers have a new cut honoring their hometown called “Chi-Town Drumroll”. The song is from their forthcoming No Vacation For Murder album, and they bring in Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede for complimentary funkiness. The full album will be released next week Tuesday (April 1st).
Is it sleazy, is it dank, is it raw? You can’t judge a book by its cover, but if the cover art for this remix of “Fasho Fasho!” is meant to be a metaphor of sorts, then interpret it as you wish. Willie Green is at it again and this time with Mad Dukez, Zilla Rocca, and PremRock found within the system, you know these guys are up to some trouble. Call it a downtown groove, call it a downtown move, call it what you want, but definitely call it nice.
Getting jazzy in a hip-hop context isn’t new. Getting exotic in a hip-hop context? It might seem out of the ordinary but through the magic of samples in ones production, it can happen and it has in a new song by Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers called “Stormy Monday”, which brings in The Kid Daytona and Has-Lo for a solid and funky time. The instrumental for this can be found on the single, available through Amazon.
PremRock‘s Mark’s Wild Years is an album that takes the music of Tom Waits and chops it up in hip-hop form to create a set of songs that unite both styles in the most perfect way. Just as Waits’ music touches on the fabric of America, PremRock uses his style to tell stories in a fashion that is made more effective with the backdrop of Waits. Some of the tracks utilizes the stories of Waits while others are of PremRock’s own doing, but each talk about the struggles of life, the complexities of being and in truth are the perfect display of modern storytelling done in the best and most effective way: through music.
By the time the album reaches the end, you feel like you fully understand where PremRock is coming from, or at least fully understand a chapter or two from his songbook and what he meant to express to you for this project. What moved me the most is that this is storytelling, not bullshit words over bullshit music, this is part of a template that was once treated with respect. Allow me to let you know why this template is one that still works, and why in a better world, this would be a great example of how to do hip-hop in a proper fashion.