Roc Marciano continues to hold down rap fans who prefer the traditional, grimy New York Rap sound over contemporary hip-hop offerings. His sound is a nod to pre-Giuliani rawness with lyrics reflecting a pimping mind state straight out of the golden blaxploitation era. His newest release is a continuation of this aesthetic, a collection of offcuts from his upcoming Marci Beaucoup album grouped together as a free release titled The Pimpire Strikes Back.
He keeps the collaborations par for the course, enlisting Queens heavyweights Cormega, Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren for rapping duties and turning only to The Alchemist, Evidence and Lord Finesse for production outside his own beats. For seasoned Roc Marciano fans, this mixtape fills the void before the new album in December. But The Pimpire Strikes Back also serves as a refreshing alternative for hip-hop fans who are growing tired of the direction the New York rap is going recently.