All photos by Laura Lynn |

We’ve long been fans of Philadelphia MC Curly Castro, and with good reason. He’s got the rabble-rousing fire of an activist and a strong social consciousness, but he also boasts a hype man’s energy and willingness to bring the party. He’s both Chuck D and Flavor Flav in one human being. And his tracks have range – dancefloor bangers (“West Indian Rum”), fierce Wu Tang-esque cut-ups (“Now they Call Me Castro”), satirical jingles (“Colored Water Fountain”). Earlier this year, Castro dropped his second full-length, Fidel, and many of the tracks performed in the Key Session come from it, but he skips all around his catalog – even to the heralded Wu Tang Pulp project of last year for set closer “Monty Hall Expo.” Joining him in the studio are sidekick Zilla Rocca – and the banter between these two dudes was so hysterical and priceless that it’s all available as downloads below as well – bassist Rah “The Sun God” Sungee and DJ Shane Six-Ten. Listen, download, and get a taste of what’s in store when this crew takes the stage at The Legendary Dobb’s this Sunday, September 22nd.