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by ShrapKnel

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shortfuzeraps Everyone came with it on this one. Yeesh... Favorite track: Estranged Fruit ft. billy woods.
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catking There are hard lines and real talk on this album. The atmosphere is thick, both from great vocal performances and top notch beats. It's a helluva listen that I'll be coming back to. Favorite track: Fashion Week.
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addicted-2-booombap 4.5 stars , near classic. this is one of backwoodz best releases in recent years . the beats are haunting and creative . leftfield , but somehow , still accessible . curly & prem are on their A game and curly explores multiple new vocal inflections which keep things interesting . these 2 have great chemistry and flow back and forth seamlessly . this is in my top 5 best albums of 2020 for sure ! this is both curly and prems best project and I think as a whole , this is probably elucids best beats Favorite track: Dumile High.
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all over brooding production that is certainly out there, yet flows so well Favorite track: ‘86 To ‘96, Probably ft. CASTLE.
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Jeremy Leaming 'cause of Curly Castro and PremRock and Elucid and Willie Green and crew. backwoodz studioz has produced a lot of wonderful music in a rough year. but backwoodz has been providing lots a wonderful art for a while now; and pitchfork and complex should have given this some time. Favorite track: Dumile High.
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Dumile High 02:57
Fashion Week 03:27
Beset 03:36
Tempest 02:09
Aaron McKie 02:49
Red Herring 02:36


Curly Castro and PremRock are ShrapKnel, the formal pairing of two longtime friends and artistic collaborators. Although they have known each other for eight long years, it was a shared affinity for MC-slash-producer ELUCID’s beats that sparked the ShrapKnel project.

“I found a discarded desk in my backyard, cleaned it off and positioned it in the only area that catches sun from 10AM-Noon. I would start my days there trying to ween myself off all the screens in my life and read and write instead” PremRock explains, “on the second morning with this new desk I made the connection that I had ELUCID beats and so did Castro. Why not make it a record?”

Castro agreed and over the months that followed the two rappers built this album from the ground up, later recruiting another Backwoodz-affiliated producer Willie Green, to spice up their simmering stew. The result is an album brimming with quotables and audacious, unorthodox production, veritably begging for soundclash speakers and an airhorn.

The two artists are a veritable study in contrasts and contradictions, Castro was born and raised in Brooklyn but lives in Philadelphia, PremRock grew up in BucksCounty, Pennsylvania but has been in New York since ‘08. Castro’s militant wordplay, reggae-influences, and booming baritone somehow perfectly balance PremRock’s silver-tongued flows, literary allusions and deadpan humor. ShrapKnel is a Venn diagram of ill communications; Schooly D to Stromile Swift. Def Jux to Detlef Schremf. Students of Black Uhuru and Breeze Brewin, Baldwin and Bukowski. Steel sharpens steel and this blade is as sharp as it gets.

ShrapKnel features guest appearances from Castle, Zilla Rocca, Googie, Henry Canyons, and billy woods.


released March 13, 2020

All tracks produced by the sound terrorist ELUCID, except "DUMILE HIGH", "ESTRANGED FRUIT" & "RED HERRING" produced by Willie Green.

All vocals recorded by Willie Green at the Green House, Brooklyn, NY

Mixed, Mastered & Boobytrapped by Willie Green at the Green House, Brooklyn, NY

Executive Producer: Willie Green
Co-Exec Producer: Curly Castro & PremRock

Art Direction & Design by Kyle Tierce for Memetic Supply Co / Tierce.Design

Brought to you by the fine folks at Backwoodz Studioz

Just when you thought it was safe...
Wrecking Crew is the illest


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ShrapKnel New York, New York

Backwoodz newest signee ShrapKnel pairs two long-time friends and frequent collaborators Curly Castro and PremRock. Although the two rappers have long been part of Philly’s Wrecking Crew, ShrapKnel is a pared-down affair; sharp knives in tight spaces.

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