Rising hip-hop artist Roc Marciano has kept himself busy over the last year, and is poised to share two releases in the next two months. The biggest is his new album Marci Beaucoup, due out December 10th on Man Bites Dog.
The 13-song set will include the best of the underground rap milieu: Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, KA, Evidence, Knowledge the Pirate, Cormega, Maffew Ragazino and AG the Coroner are all involved, while Marciano also raps on all of the songs.
"Marci Beaucoup is a lot different from Reloaded," Roc Marciano tells Rolling Stone, referring to his last album which was released in late-2012 to widespread favor and featured input from Q-Tip and the Alchemist. "It's my signature hard beats and I'm sticking with working to my strengths."
Marciano talks fondly about his team-up with Bronson for a song called "456" (named after the dice game) which he promises to be "a classic-sounding Roc Marcy beat; we're just getting to it doing some straight-up rapping," as well as "Shotters," where he joins forces with Brooklyn's KA and Detroit's Guilty Simpson.
Marciano was raised in Long Island and has experienced a slow-burning industry career. He was a part of Busta Rhymes's Flipmode Squad in the late Nineties and followed that with a stint in hip-hop quartet the U.N., who recorded under the tutelage of golden era rap producer Pete Rock. 2010 saw Marciano's break-through as a solo artist though, with his endearingly dank and eerie self-produced Marcberg. It quickly became a cult favorite, with ?uestlove revealing via-tweets that he enjoyed conversations with Jay Z about the project. Last year's Reloaded continued Marciano's critical winning streak and he's recently guested on projects with members of the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy.
Marci Beaucoup's release will be preceded with a single, although Roc Marciano and his label have yet to decide which song it will be. Before then, he'll also release a project he's calling Pimpire Strikes Back. Having leaked the track-listing to Instagram earlier this month, the album will now be unveiled to the world "in a couple of days." Talking about the status of the project, Marciano says, "It's an album — I don't do mixtapes —but it's more of a fun experience from some of my other music." It includes collaborations with Marciano regulars like Action Bronson (on "Velvet Cape") and Alchemist (who produces "Sincerely Antique" and "10 Toes Down"), along with off-kilter beat constructor Madlib. "I recorded with him for a song called "The Sacrifice," Marciano says of the west coast beatsmith. "It's a combination of what we do best, with his beats that are a little out there and my rhymes that people know me for. I think it's going to catch a few peoples' ears."