From Hempstead, Long Island, representing an area that boasts some of rap history's most iconic giants (Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, EPMD, De La Soul), Roc Marciano has settled for nothing less than greatness throughout his career. After a long history with Busta Rhymes and The Flipmode Squad in the late 90's and early 2000's, Roc found himself in limbo without a solo deal. Undaunted, Roc continued to record at his Long Island home studio which became the meeting grounds for his brain child The UN.
With his 2010 solo debut Marcberg (reissued here with 2 bonus tracks) which found him collaborating with up and coming producers like Marco Polo, DJ Babu and The P Brothers, Roc showcased his raw lyricism and production savvy to the world at large. "I just remember sitting next to the radio trying to tape Marley Marl's Rap attack" Roc explains. "It was all about Rakim, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Granddaddy I.U all of that. Back then whoever was the nicest on the mic had to get dealt with. You couldn't just be talking about anything on the mic. That was millions of blunts ago. I wanna bring a little of that feeling back." With standout numbers like "Snow" and "Thug's Prayer" he did just that and more.
"[Marciano] stakes his claim as one of Hip- Hop's most original and exciting artists, with his pulse-pounding 90s throwback of a debut" - HipHopDX