Monday, May 04, 2020

Roc Marciano "Marcberg" (10th Anniversary, 5/4/10)


Today is the 10th anniversary of Roc Marciano's debut solo album Marcberg via Fat Beats Records. When you look at music representing the streets today, you can trace much of the blueprint back to this now-classic release. HipHopDX championed the project stating, "Marcberg is a hard-hitting, unremorseful classic based on the same code of ethics that made the golden era so immaculate." Today, Complex released an article where Roc Marci reflects on the album in its 10th year and shared some great insight, like: "At the time, I felt like the music I loved was lost. I wanted to make an album that spoke to me. I also wanted to put my best foot forward and show what I could do. It’s funny because me and Alchemist were talking about it recently, and he was like, “Yo, back when Mobb Deep was popping and New York rap was at its height, I felt like I was nice then, too. I felt like I could’ve participated in that era, too, but I missed [it].” So when I got a chance to actually do Marcberg, I felt like this was me coming in and adding my piece to the game. That’s what the creation of Marcberg was for me: it was like a chance to actually add my two cents in." When asked about the highs and lows represented in the album, Roc adds, "I mean, you can’t hide what you are. At the time, I was broke, so I’m speaking to the times, telling my story. You’ve got to tell the victories, and you talk about the losses, too. And it was a weird time in the game. Hustling and crack was phasing out—the streets wasn’t a feeding frenzy like it used to be. A lot of cats that came up from my era was trying to figure out what they was going to do next. A lot of cats caught bids and died in the streets and stuff like that. So [I was] trying not to fall into that category. I think the album reflects that." You can read the interview HERE. Revisit this classic on its 10th anniversary...



Original Fat Beats CD from the Brooklyn warehouse...