Release Date: Feb 21, 2017
Record label: Marci Enterprises
Since issuing his solo debut -- 2010's sublime Marcberg -- Hempstead, L. I. rapper and one-time Flipmode Squad soldier Roc Marciano has become something of an unofficial spiritual godfather to a steadily-evolving niche sub-strand of underground New York Hip Hop.
In professional terms, Roc Marciano comes from nowhere. This website's review for his staggering 2010 debut, Marcberg, refers to him as "a rapper associated with Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad," a descriptor that was barely reductive at the time. Roc Marciano the person--that would be the 39-year-old Rakeem Calief Myer--comes from Ed Koch's New York, a place that informs his work by way of syntax, slang, and a catalog of grainy samples that sound like they were lifted out of rainwater.
There's something to be said for both consistency and careful craftsmanship. One-time Flipmode Squad member Roc Marciano's fourth studio album, Rosebudd's Revenge, a followup to 2013's Marci Beaucoup, is a well-crafted piece of NYC hip-hop that delivers a lot of elements that have tickled his fan base pink over the past seven (solo) years. As a cohesive listen, it's just as subtly bright and beautiful at times as it is dark at others -- and it's grittier than a used coffee filter. Lyrically, Roc is as strong as ever; he drops a hefty helping of street-isms that don't venture too far outside the lane he's been speeding down thus far.