Roc Marciano (born Rakeem Calief Myer) is a jack-of-all-trades, establishing his name as a rapper, songwriter, and producer in the early 2000s. The Long Island native began cutting his teeth as the sixth member of Busta Rhymes crew, Flipmode Squad, later leaving to form his own group, the U.N. His own-curated collective of emcees consisted of Dino Brave, Laku, and Mic Raw, with the group releasing their first album in 2004 via Carson Daly’s 456 Entertainment. The following year, Marciano appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan compilation album, Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture, as well as on Pete Rock‘s 2008 album, NY’s Finest. Following these spotlighted collaborations, Marciano then began branching out to experiment with his own solo career. Further proving his talents as a well-rounded musician, he released his entirely self-produced debut Marcberg in 2010 via Fat Beats Records. The album was met with favorable views, with Marciano’s hard-hitting sound drawing from early 90’s boom-bap in a way that paid homage to the Golden Era without sounding painfully dated and without losing his own identity in the nostalgic mix. He then went on to lend his talents to a collaborative effort alongside Gangrene (Oh No and The Alchemist) to release the joint EP Greneberg in 2011 and release his follow-up solo album Reloaded in 2012. His next offerings arrived in the form of a mixtape leading up to his third project, which again featured his own production with a generous handful of guest features. With three solid solo releases under his belt, Marciano self-released his latest full-length record after a hiatus, with 2017’s Rosebudd’s Revenge showcasing that when it comes to his legacy, quality over quantity reigns supreme.