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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Madonna’s “Bitch, I’m Madonna” is a bad video. It might be a good video if Madonna wasn’t out here trying to compete with Taylor Swift’s “Badd Blood” in the guest-star department and failing hilariously. Swift got her guest stars to throw knives and kung fu fight. Madonna has higher-wattage celebrities, but she can’t get them… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2015 - 9:33 am

Status Ain’t Hood: Classic Rap Radio Is The Best Shit Ever

When you don’t have to listen to terrestrial radio, it can be hard to get excited about it, especially if you don’t live in a big city. Charlottesville, the small Southern college town where I’ve been living for about four years now, isn’t exactly a radio hotbed. There’s one freeform community radio station that canMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2015 - 2:02 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Roc Marciano – “456” (Feat. Action Bronson)

Yesterday, the great Long Island rapper/producer Roc Marciano quietly released his new album Marci Beaucoup. Marci won Album Of The Week last year for his Reloaded and also dropped the very good mixtape The Pimpire Strikes Back last month, and there’s a very good chance he would’ve snagged Album Of The Week again yesterday if… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2013 - 10:50 am

Download Roc Marciano The Pimpire Strikes Back Mixtape

The great Long Island rapper and producer Roc Marciano has been kicking around the New York rap scene for more than a decade, and in recent years, he’s been a crucial player in a revitalized internet underground. Last year, he released Reloaded, one of the year’s best rap albums, and now his dessicated soul sample… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2013 - 9:46 am

Roc Marciano – “Ruff Town” (Feat. Cormega) Video

Last year, the great Long Island rapper/producer Roc Marciano released Reloaded, an album of blunted and fractured boom-bap that ranked as one of 2012’s great under-the-radar rap albums. Roc’s got a new album coming out soon, with the hilarious title Marci Beaucoup, and the horn-drenched track “Ruff Town” unites him with the Queensbridge veteran Cormega,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 3, 2013 - 11:17 am

Roc Marciano – “76” Video

On his great new album Reloaded, Roc Marciano perfects a sort of impressionistic reflection of the New York headknock music of the mid-’90s. And similarly, in the video for album standoutu “76,” director Jason Goldwatch does interesting things with bygone eras, filming grimy New York locations in 8mm film to get that old grainy B-movie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Roc Marciano – “Deeper” Video

Roc Marciano’s spaced-out and beautifully written Reloaded is one of the year’s best rap albums, and now it has its first video. In the clip for “Deeper,” Roc Marci and friends take over a dilapidated New York waterfront, blowing smoke and making gun-hands at the camera. It’s a prettier video than that description makes it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Album Of The Week: Roc Marciano Reloaded

Here are the things I remember about the Flipmode Squad, Busta Rhymes’ late-’90s rap crew: Rah Digga, the female rapper with the supremely tough and husky voice, who went on to a pretty decent solo career years after she came close to bodying Lauryn Hill on the Fugees’ own “Cowboys.” Spliff Star, the antic hypema… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Stream Roc Marciano Reloaded

Back in 2010, the Long Island rap veteran Roc Marciano released the stunning Marcberg, a spare, haunted, word-drunk voyage into old New York tough-guy rap weirdness. The self-produced album slowly picked up steam and found cult-classic status. Tomorrow, Marciano releases its follow-up Reloaded, which pushes his deep-concentration modus operandi even further. We’ve already heard early… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Roc Marciano – “Nine Spray” (Feat. Ka)

For a while now, Long Island rap veteran Roc Marciano has been making dusky, spare New York rap that recalls the mid-’90s without ever translating as retro-rap; his great new album Reloaded is out next week. On one Reloaded track, Ka, a relative newcomer from Brooklyn who’s been doing great work in a similar style,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012 - 10:30 am

Roc Marciano – “76”

Two years ago, the veteran Long Island rapper Roc Marciano released the great self-produced solo album Marcberg, which took classic New York headknock rap and made it something weed-infused and inward. His follow-up Reloaded is coming in a couple of months, and the first track we’ve heard from it is “76,” on which Marciano ra… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 23, 2012 - 9:07 am

Meyhem Lauren – “Peruvian Desserts” (Feat. Action Bronson & Roc Marciano)

We’ve already heard “Special Effects,” the Action Bronson/Himanshu collab from New York rap bruiser Meyhem Lauren — a track from Lauren’s forthcoming Respect The Fly Shit mixtape, which he recorded with his underground rap buddies in a hotel room during SXSW. Now we’ve got another track from the tape: “Peruvian Desserts,” which features Bronson a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Roc Marciano – “Poltergeist”

The latest single from the cinematic, raspy-voiced Long Island rapper/producer Roc Marciano is called “Poltergeist,” and it’s a textbook example of the sort of fractured and low-key but tough rap that the greater New York area always does better than anyone else. It’s equal parts Cormega and DOOM, and it’s streaming below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Action Bronson & Party Supplies – “Hookers At The Point” Video (NSFW)

The great and ascendant New York rapper Action Bronson has teamed with producer Party Supplies for a new mixtape called Blue Chips that’s set to arrive in about a week. Below, we’ve got a video for the new track “Hookers At The Point,” a nasty, unflinching look at the prostitutes and junkies to be found… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Quelle Chris – “Shotguns” (Feat. Danny Brown & Roc Marciano)

On the heels of one Detroit rapper/Detroit producer collaboration comes another, this time featuring rapper/producer Quelle Chris alongside fellow Detroit rapper Danny Brown. This isn’t the first time Danny Brown and Quelle Chris have worked together; you might have noticed several of Chris’ production credits on Danny Brown’s breakthrough XXX mixtape. Here’s the comic book… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 19, 2011 - 2:15 pm