You're well over 30. You live off coffee, water, and booze. You're married. You have a child on the way. You've been rapping half your life. You are too old for the young boys but too young for the legacy circuit. You make an album inspired by Danny Brown's "Old" because you're old, an album inspired by Vince Staple's "Summertime '06" because you survived youth in a savage city, an album inspired by Nas' "Street's Disciple" because the best writers aren't afraid to look backwards.
One day you will become a former rapper. So you make an album shaking out every trick up your sleeve from 13 years as a completely independent artist. Sparse boom bap from Small Professor, Messiah Musik, and Ray West collide headfirst with ethereal thump from Steel Tipped Dove, Starkey, and William J. Sullivan. Stories of underage drinking, rap friends turned enemies, and ghosts from Philly basketball courts emerge quickly. Guest verses from Curly Castro, Armand Hammer, Serengeti, and Sid Sutra solidify a left of center approach that's crude and direct.
Zilla Rocca is the author of "Future Former Rapper" and a veteran emcee/producer/writer who has toured, released dozens of projects, and written for several notable outlets. He has previously collaborated with Open Mike Eagle, Lushlife, Roc Marciano, Geechi Suede, L'Orange, doseone, Henry Canyons, B. Dolan, and Uncommon NASA. He was shared stages with Blueprint, Quelle Chris, Denmark Vessey, Dopplegangaz, Astronautilus, K. Flay, Grieves, Dem Atlas, Nocando, Zeroh, and Busdriver.
released November 9, 2018
All songs mixed and mastered by Zilla Rocca @ The International Dart Parlour. Philadelphia, PA. Except "Make the Sickness, Sell the Cure" mixed and mastered by William J. Sullivan and "Name on the Buckle" mixed and mastered by Starkey.
Three Dollar Pistol MusicPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Zilla Rocca: The #1 Bourbon General. The Career Crook. The Future Former Rapper. The man with a '96 Mentality. The owner of Three Dollar Pistol Music. The calm voice amongst the Wrecking Crew. South Philly's finest crime author.