Right now we are in an interesting time in the rap game. Despite many people complaining that there is a lack of bars and lack of lyricism, I think that’s far from the truth. I feel like at this exact moment in the rap game there is an artist for everyone. The lyrical rappers may not be at the forefront at the moment but they are around and going strong. Shit just in the first three months of the year we got albums from Nipsey Hussle, Evidence, CRIMEAPPLE, PRhyme, Chuck Strangers, Bishop Nehru, Phonte and EarthGang just to name a few.
There has also been a resurgence in underground rap led by minimalist production, samples, drum loops and sometimes even no drums at all. There have been many producers and rappers to use this type of production and style but one rapper in particular brought it back and influenced many of these new rappers from Westside Gunn, Hus Kingpin, Mach Hommy, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson and many more and that’s the legendary Roc Marciano aka your favorite rappers favorite rapper.
If your not familiar with the veteran rapper/producer stop reading now and go listen to his album Reloaded. For those who do know, Roc is a master wordsmith, crafting snapshots with his lyrics, and every bar that comes out of his mouth his damn near quotable. The best part about it, is he makes it all seem so effortless and with every album he releases he seems to get better and better.
While everyone else has been stuck on who Black Chyna is going to date next, or who Tekashi69 is beefing with, Roc Marciano quielty released his 5th studio album RR2: The Bitterdose which is a welcome return into his crime-filled underworld. The album follows up last years Rosebudd’s Revenge and is named after the Pimp John Dickson aka Rosebudd Bitterdose.
You just released RR2: The Bitter Dose and it has been praised from everyone from Just Blaze to Questlove. How do you feel about the reception so far?
- It’s been real good.
What was your creative process like when making this project and how did it differ from the original?
- The process was many like any other process. Getting all the music first that I want to rap over, then once I get all those pieces then I get to work.
The samples on this project are amazing. What’s your process when picking a sample and do you know you’re going to use it as soon as you hear it?
- I don’t always know off the top if I’m going to use it. Just dig really, the process is just trying to find it anywhere you can find it whether it’s listening online or going to record spots to dig, anywhere.
Your lyrics are so vivid, everything you spit is a snapshot of something, it’s damn near a movie. Where do you find inspiration these days?
- Well first off it’s the music that I find. The music that I find allows me to express myself the way I do. It opens up those doors for me. The lyrics come, I’m speaking to the music. That’s pretty much where it comes from, of course, it comes from my life, and the music together just inspires the rhyme.
Let’s talk about “The Sauce.” How the hell did you come up with that? It’s different then what we usually hear you rap on and you killed it.
I had that track for awhile honestly, I just didn’t feel like dudes were ready for that yet. I didn’t have a project that it fit on. I thought it was progressive. I had the beat done for a couple of years.
I see there have been some people complaining about the $30 price tag for the project. How do you feel about the criticism and when did you make the decision that you wouldn’t put it on streaming services as quickly as you did with Rosebudd’s Revenge?
I don’t feel any way about it. I feel the same way Gucci feels about someone walking out their store talking about the items are too expensive. It’s not like it was a game time decision. It’s just this time I knew it worked so well with Rosebudd one, it made me wish I would have extended it longer. People were still banging the download after the music came out on all the streaming services. I just felt like I should keep it up longer before I didn’t keep it up long enough.
In a recent interview with DJ Booth, you said you made your money back already?
- You got to think about it when you put out an mp3 it’s not like you pressing up vinyl and things like that. So you already getting a return immediately. What did I do, I paid for records and I paid for studio time. I’m not a person that stays in the studio every day all day. My cost to record isn’t super high, but any artist can do this it ain’t nothing to brag about. Whatever a label will give you for an advance as long as you have decent following, they will only give you the advance because you can make the money back real fast, because of your fanbase. If you have a fanbase I feel like any artist can do this, you put your music out and go directly to your consumers it should be enough to pay for costs of creating your album in a very short time.
The longer your in the music business you learn more and more about how to enhance your hustle. That’s what you have to do nowadays to continue to give people good art, you have to at some point. How do you get the art bigger and better? You allow the people to support you if the people support me more and more they can get better art.
I know this is a tough one but what’s your favorite track off the project? Personally at this moment mine is “Muse”.
- Man, it varies from day to day. The one I think a lot now is probably “Tent City.”
Recently saw that you were featured on PHRYME 2. How did that come about?
- Royce reached out to me while he was working on the project. Royce is a legend so that wasn’t nothing to do, the one-two punch.
What do you have in the chamber you can tell us about?
- I got a lot more records. I project coming, I got a couple project coming. I made a lot of music making this album, it’s going to be an eventful year thats a fact!
I have to ask, can we expect the Alchemist collab project this year?
- I don’t know about this year, I don’t want to put a date on it me and Al are always working. It’s going to be something special that’s a fact.
Is there anything you would like to add?
- Subscribe to rocmarci.com, and there’s going to be a lot more to come and thank you for the support.