Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010

Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010
8. Roc Marciano Marcberg (Fat Beats)
Long Island-bred underground vet Roc Marciano cut his teeth in the '90s New York scene and other than putting in some well-respected work with Pete Rock and the U.N. and some notable collabos (GZA, Busta Rhymes), Marciano has stayed buried deep in the underground until this year, when he released his debut Marcberg, a standout piece of gritty vintage NYC hip-hop. Entirely self-produced, Roc spits first-hand war reports from the frontlines over his own simple, paranoid production on tracks like the head-nod inducing "It's A Crime" which sounds like it could have easily been crafted by either Preemo or Muggs. Lace up your Timbs and zip up the Triple Fat Goose. It's cold outside and it's time to stand on the corner with Roc.
Mark Bozzer