On November 13th 2012, Long Island rapper/producer/ex-Flipmode Squad member Roc Marciano is dropping his sophomore full-length on Decon. The long-awaited 15-track album is an ice-cold slice of New York rap grittiness from a dead-eyed master of the craft. Reloaded is largely self-produced and thematically airtight (that theme being simply “don’t fuck with me”). The album showcases Roc in his prime, not so much flexing as effortlessly dismissing any question of his prowess as a producer and emcee. His masterful manipulation of stark loops is wildly refreshing, each utilitarian snare catching threatening syllables at a measured yet completely unravelled clip and spattering vivid imagery on each chilling instrumental.
In an era of musical abstraction, genre cross-pollination and influence-dabbling, Roc Marciano keeps his intentions crystal clear, sitting comfortably on a thugged-out throne.
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