Roc Marciano: the ultimate 2012 review
When talking about Roc Marciano´s latest joint “Bally Belts“, we already said that Marciano took over the rap game in 2012. Even though many heads already appreciated Marciano for his works as a part of The U.N. and his feature parts on numerous songs such as Busta Rhymes “The Heist” (btw: make sure you check out DJ Premier´s unreleased Remix!), it was in 2010 when Roc´s “Marcberg” (iTunes) album gained him worldwide attention.
After releasing his Prophecy EP and his collaborative Greneberg LP (iTunes) with Gangrene (Oh No + Alchemist) in 2011, heads were screaming for some new solo material. But prior to finally dropping “Reloaded” (iTunes) in November, Marciano blessed heads with countless exclusives, features and unreleased songs throughout 2012. It only seems appropriate to take the time to recap some of the finest Roc Marciano moments of 2012, doesn´t it? Let´s Go…
Mello Music Group producer Gensu Dean released his album “Lo-Fi Fingahz” (iTunes) in February, which also featured Roc Marciano.
In March, LA-based production duo Arch Druids released their “Poltergeist” joint featuring Roc Marciano. Everything about this song (and the video dropped in October) is a textbook example of Roc Marciano´s style: the self directed video showcases a weed-smoking and laid back Marciano, the beat consists of a dope sample with light drums and Roc presents his signature fractured and low-key but yet hardcore flow.
And just in case this wouldn´t be enough, the newly formed rap supergroup M.A.R.S. consisting of Cormega, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Saigon and Large Professor released the video to their self-titled first single in the same month.
Oh, did we mention that Action Bronson and Marciano got together on another joint in March? This one is called “Pouches of Tuna” and is available on Bronson´s “Blue Chips” mixtape (download here). Who needs drums if you got flows?
At this point Marciano had already spit more bars than most of his competition during the whole year. But he wasn´t ready to stop. In May, GoodFelons Records released his “Do The Honors” joint. In June, The Alchemist leaked “Turning Point” feat. Roc Marciano off his “Russian Roulette” (iTunes) album which dropped a month later.
Producer Ray West dropped his “Luv Ny” (iTunes) compilation in June, which featured Roc and Kool Keith on a track called “Pressure Up“. Also in June, UK-based producer The Purist released “Change” feat. Roc Marciano off his “Double Feature” (vinyl) LP, which definitely was one of the dopest tracks of 2012!
In August, Roc Marciano started to leak songs off “Reloaded”, his highly anticipated follow up release to “Marcberg”. The first joint he dropped was called “76″ – and with opening lines like these Quadraports slide off through a time warp
Been getting money before dinosaur
Diamonds is on, llamas is worn
Write rhymes on island resorts
Dimes who snort,
Some guys who slide a line inside a Newport
Push a fly two door like Too $hort
Im just an artist with a tec
Hard as a beget, carve a nigga head(hover your mouse over the italic words, fool), he made clear he going to deliver nothing but heat on his new project.
A few days later, he dropped “Sweet Nothings”, which is only available on the iTunes-Deluxe-Edition of “Preloaded”.
Furthermore, production duo Stu Bangas and Vanderslice aka Diggaz With Attitude dropped “Half Dead” from their self-titled album (iTunes), which features Marciano along with Apathy and Planet Asia.
In September, Marc went back to his prog rock crates in order to bless heads with a new joint called “I Shot The King“. A month later, Ka released a video to “Iron Age” feat. Marcy, which was released on his “Grief Pedigree” (iTunes) album in February. As we all know, clearing samples can be a pain in the ass. Since Marciano could not clear a sample taken from “Singing A Song for My Mother” by Hamilton Bohannon, he released “Momma´s Song” as an online exclusive.
For the 2-CD re-issue of “Marcberg” FatBeats released in October, Marciano supplied a previously unreleased bonus track called “Bozak“. Marcy was also featured along with Mobb Deep´s Havoc on “Thug Poets” by Statik Selektah & Termanology aka 1982 (iTunes). The Australian producer duo Fre$heep aka Matty Fresh & DJ Sheep released a dope 45 of their Marciano featuring joint “Just Let Me Be” – too bad that joint ain´t a little longer!
Ill-Adrenaline artists Beneficence released his album “Concrete Soul” (iTunes) on Nov. 13, which featured Marcy on a joint called “Hood Cartel“. Marciano meanwhile teamed up with producer Just Blaze for “Stop Me”.
In December, Marciano released new visuals to “Deeper” off his “Reloaded” album.
Marcy was also featured on a joint called “White Russian” off Melanin 9´s “Magna Carta” (iTunes) album.
Alchemist & Action Bronson released their “Rare Chandeliers” (free download) and featured Roc Marciano on “Modern Day Revelations”, which samples that lovely “I´ve Got The Kind of Love” joint by The Diplomats.
That´s it, that was the ultimate 2012 review for Roc Marciano. Marcy definitely got busy last year and finally got the attention he deserves. Well, there´s one joint left – and you know how they say: you gotta keep the best for the last. Even though the track was leaked in 2011, it was in March 2012 when the video created a major hype for it so I guess it´s fair to credit this one to 2012 as well. My favorite Roc Marciano joint of 2012, ladies and gentlemen, “Emeralds”…