May 23, 2011

Evan Nabavian keeps the 40 drop in the velour top.

As much as I’d like to proclaim Marci of Hempstead the New York rap messiah, that’s not really the case. Roc Marciano gave NY an album to be proud of with Marcberg, but he didn’t spark a citywide resurgence of gritty rap sounds, nor does he seem too preoccupied with “bringing hip-hop back.” But rap trends aren’t region locked anymore. Marciano has found artists that share his appreciation of bloodstained pavement across the nation and abroad.

Los Angeles group Arch Druids got Marci to enumerate the ways he’s gonna body you to an elegant boom bap noir. His choppy flow lends itself to quotables like, “Mark my words, sparks from the Mossberg / Make the big car swerve, that’s a bad turn,” and “We could bust the chrome or we could scuffle to the knucklebone.” “MVG (Most Valuable Gunman)” is a dusty loop of the MF Doom Special Herbs variety and it features cuts by German DJ Chinch 33. It comes from Beats & Bullets – Soundtrack to a Shootout, a self explanatory compilation of instrumentals from producers hailing from France, Sweden, the UK, and of course Strong Island. May ashen beats, rhymes, and scratches continue to spread across the world.

MP3: Roc Marciano – “M.V.G.”
MP3: Arch Druids ft. Roc Marciano & Planet Asia-“Scorched Earth”

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