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.

When you dealing with the majors you have to make music that fits. You have to have some type of commercial appeal to your thing because they need it to sell soft drinks and different things, you know what I'm saying? It's a different kind of job. When you're talking about an independent, it's more the music you need the music to be good in order for it to get any recognition because the music has to have it's own legs because people are not spending millions of dollars on marketing and promoting. So I think it's more of a quality you have to be very quality-conscious when you're doing something like more grass-roots and independent.
It's just about having fun, If I'm not having fun then it's over for me, you know what I'm saying? So I don't worry about being put in a box if I'm having fun doing what I'm doing, you know what I'm saying? I'm blessed to do what I love and earn a living. So the box sometimes it comes with it, you know what I'm saying? A long time people wanted Jay-Z to say the drug dealer rapper or whatever the case may be. But if you're still having fun doing that, why change it, you know what I'm saying? Sometimes you have to grow, people have to grow and take on new challenges, so I don't even worry about a box that people put me in, I just wanna continue having fun. I feel like if I'm having fun they'll love the music.
I think some of it is great, you know what I'm saying? Some of it sounds amazing in the clubs, and sometimes I'm in the spots, and I'm like damn I would like to have a record that could fit in with this you know what I'm saying? So I'm not against it, it's not ... Production-wise I use a lot of my production, that's not my strong suit it's club music, you know what I'm saying? But I would like to experiment a little bit, not how they do it but my own way.
I just wanted to do something that lasts forever. It's not about how big I am at the moment, you know what I'm saying? I just want to create something that'll stand the test of time. But as far as like, how big do I wanna take it? I would love to have a Top 40 Hit, you know what I'm saying? I feel like that's the challenge. That's my next challenge is to make a record that can cross over. Not necessarily to pop radio but just cross over into Urban radio, you know what I'm saying? I think that's my next challenge and I'm looking forward to it.

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