You’ve Been Asher Roth’d My Man: Curly Castro “I Love My 30’s”

A pop culture reference Asher Roth has yet to make


“Have you ever been out with your younger friends, and as the clock gets closer to 12/1 in the morning, you’re on some “dog, I gotta go home – I have work in the morning!”? Then this slick flip of Asher Roth’s “I Love College” is just for you.”

Download Curly Castro “I Love My 30’s”

And get ready for the mixtape release party for Phatman & Likkle Bwoy here in Philly on Thursday December 17th!  Flyers and info coming shortly.


Beat Garden & Rock The Dub Present: Curly Castro & DJ Ambush PHATMAN AND LIKKLEBWOY

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Artwork by Dewey Saunders

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Artwork by Dewey Saunders

It truly is a glorious day here at Beat Garden! 

After solidfying our spot in Philly with Nico the Beast’s Dinner is Served mixtape in January and successfully reaching out to the art-hop crowd this summer with 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers’ debut The Slow Twilight, we’re kicking off a heavy fall-through-winter season barrage of bangin’ ass hip hop spearheaded by Curly Castro & DJ Ambush! 

After tearing down stages across the country for years and performing alongside too many heavyweights to list here, Curly Castro donned the Beat Garden cape earlier this year (even giving us a new tagline: “BANG BANG!”) and re-established himself with endless performances to not only keep his craft in tip-top shape, but to introduce music from this release to fans new and old. 

Here’s the science behind the mixtape, two and a half years in the making:

“Named after the “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima in World War 2, this brand new mixtape from Curly Castro & DJ Ambush boasts a distinct theme of destruction and rebuilding.

The overall presentation is quite entertaining, as the duo (yes, Ambush can spit too!) avoids blunt complaints and exhausted golden era footnotes in favor of more abstract and objective means to address various aspects of hip-hop culture’s evolution.

“He’s the DJ, We’re Both Rappers” salutes the pre-Serato/ internet hustle of decades past, alluding to the increasing laziness of artists and fans that have come as a byproduct of the music’s technological advancements. Along the same lines, “Boxin’” employs the true-school logo ghetto-blaster as an analogy of rap’s societal impact and its cautious eye from the powers that be. “Chaos Theory” and “Summer of ‘77” continue this trend and move seamlessly into introspective testaments “Missing Persons” and “First Release”, which bring the theme full circle, pushing us to keep it moving with the implication that improvement of the culture begins with personal maturation.

Unlike most mixtapes, the project’s filler songs are actually its glue. Playful joints “Rapping Simpsons” and “Frankenstein”, along with deep non-fictions like “Keychains” and “Gravity” are, for lack of better word, straight dope and rewind-worthy. The well-developed concepts over superb instrumental selections from the likes of Outkast and Black Milk not only serve as an homage to those that carry the torch in today’s music, but also emulate on ‘what hip-hop is’ according to the more nostalgic tracks.

Consider Phat Man & Likkle Bwoy a preemptive strike for Castro’s upcoming album Winston’s Appeal, which, after the smoke clears, will solidify his place as not just a dope MC, but a cinematic songwriter and progressive mind.”

DOWNLOAD: RTD & Beat Garden Present Curly Castro & DJ Ambush: Phatman & Likklebwoy Mixtape

Tune in this week as update you on Curly Castro interviews, videos, news, etc!

Curly Castro “Keychains”



“Curly Castro “Keychains“: Here’s the final leak from DJ Ambush and Curly Castro’s Phatman And Likklebwoy mixtape, which will be dropping on RTD next week. Curly throws some story-driven darts about some cats that you probably know in your hood. While he borrows the hook from The Clipse, this goes deeper than slick-talkin’ Crack Rap; this is November chill, with a healthy dose of real life struggle.

All of this and more on Phatman And Likklebwoy – you have been warned.

Curly Castro “Summer of ’77”



Photo by ShotGun P. (Perry Lassin)

If you haven’t seen Curly Castro rock a show in Philadelphia and beyond this year, you obviously are holed up in the crib freebasin’ Ambien–sitting and sleeping!


Download “Summer of ’77” from the coming Curly Castro & DJ Ambush mixtape Phatman & Likkle Bwoy via Rock the Dub

Reviews for the Khyber Show + New Pics

Curly Castro & Jawnzap7.  Photo by Liz Padova.

Curly Castro & Jawnzap7. Photo by Liz Padova.

“That shit was tough..It started a fire within me (and others), and should only mean good things for the Beat Garden, Public Axis and RTD crews.  Thank you, Philly.”–Rock the Dub review of the Khyber show

“Public Axis brought a nice collection of hungry, independent hip hop artists to the stage”– review of the show plus pics

Curly Castro- “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!!”

Come and see you friendly neighborhood Re.Bel- Curly Castro, as he rocks out with AKiLLES & the OddICY – Upstairs @ the Marathon Grill: 40th & Walnut TONIGHT!!. Along with the excellent sonics of one of the hardest working bands in the Ill-a-delph, I will be premiering an exclusive nu, never heard before Song!! So don’t miss out.

AKiLLES & the OddICY ft. Curly Castro + eMCee Unless. 09.19.09

AKiLLES & the OddICY ft. Curly Castro + eMCee Unless. 09.19.09

Also check out likkle bwoy Castro in his first write-up for the upcoming project Phatman & Likkle bwoy w/ dj Ambush @


Be Good Peoples…bang, Bang Beat Garden. porkfried-Well Done. Public Axis. It should be more than obvious now. The illness is spreading…


MAGr “No News is Good News” LP Download

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After getting 1000+ DL’s in 3 days via their single “Laminated Looseleafs” featuring Blu, MAGr (pronounced “Major”) drops their debut LP today!  Beat Garden’s Al Mighty and his partner Distant Starr have made the rounds in Philly and beyond the past 2 years opening for Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, and Heltah Skeltah.  You’ve heard them on previous Beat Garden releases (No Beast So Fierce, Dinner is Served, Bring Me the Head of Zilla Rocca).  And now their debut LP No News is Good News is here.

Featuring beats and rhymes from Fel Sweetenberg, Le Neko, Hudson Mohawke, Blu, Cymarshall Law, Clean Guns, 2ew Gunn Ciz, amd more, there really is nothing coming out of NJ that sounds like this.

Download MAGr’s No News is Good News LP at Rock the Dub