For TOSH, Curly Castro enlisted an all-star lineup of beatsmiths to combine classic east coast rap with the woozy bottom end of dub music : Willie Green, Blueprint, Blockhead, Messiah Musick, Dos4gw, and Wrecking Crew co-pilots Zilla Rocca and Small Professor. Guest raps from PremRock, Defcee, ELUCID, billy woods and Zilla Rocca help reinforce the ideas of Peter Tosh, who once strummed a guitar fashioned after an assault rifle: music can be a weapon. From the African history seminar of “Dark Skinned Drum”, to appreciating jerk chicken spots on “Ital You Can Eat” featuring billy woods, Castro also tells stories of subway robberies (“Night Terra Fabulous” produced by Uncommon NASA) and black exceptionalism (“Emory Doug” produced by ELUCID) with valor and slang.
TOSH is vibrant and unapologetic, intelligent and combustible. Speakers are annihilated. Civil rights leaders are immortalized. Razors are flashed. Lessons are heeded while weed is passed back and forth. Curly Castro is the indie rap rebel for protests and sound clashes.