Record Label: Mass Appeal
For the first time in 5 years, Long Island rapper/producer/ex-Flipmode Squad member Roc Marciano’s sophomore full-length is back in print on vinyl.
The 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. 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. The album also includes guest production from The Alchemist, Q-Tip, Arch Druids, and Ray West, as well as guest appearances by Ka.