Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge Review

Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge

Released: 18 February 2017

The more I listen to this album the more it reminds me of Madvillainy.

INFLUENCES

     Rosebudd’s Revenge is part-biography, part-relentless braggadocio. I hear influences of MF DOOM and Madlib’s cult-classic Madvillainy LP. The obscure samples and jazzy, soulful feel like on “Pray 4 Me” reeks of Madlib influence and Roc’s multi-layered rhyme schemes and slightly off-kilter, non-sequitur flows screams MF DOOM. The crux of MF DOOM’s lyrical prowess is his ability to stack internal rhymes on top of one another while still maintaining a standard of flow and extraordinary wit. Roc is able to take DOOM’s foundation and build upon it, spitting quotable after quotable in his signature low-flow, while still maintaining a steady stream of signature “tougher than you” gun raps. My MF DOOM comparison isn’t too far off, Roc Marciano shouts out MF DOOM on “Already“.

I couldn’t speak, the OG said chew your food first/
Spoon was burnt, my shoes is worth an MF DOOM verse/

     I also hear the swag and vocal conviction of Raekwon in Roc Marciano, as well as the smooth, laid-back, accented delivery of Erick Sermon (of EPMD). When Roc Marciano says shit like, “Pimpstead boyyy/ Shit is jewlery nigga/ You could wear this, nigga/ You could wear my rhymes boy!/” it SCREAMS Raekwon and his extravagant way of brag-rapping; the beat sounds like it could’ve been played during the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx sessions, reminding me of  “Heaven or Hell” or “North Star.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

     Pray 4 Me” is one of the standout songs on this album. The “my father is dying” vocal sample pierces through Roc Marciano’s verses, and the slightly hopeful, sing-songy hook is reminiscent of J. Cole. “Killing Time” is another moment that stuck out to me – the beat sounds like a page out of Dilla’s playbook, I LOVE how the sample is cut and rolls. Also, sidenote: is that the “Exhibit C” vocal sample on “Gunsense”?

VERDICT

     The intro to the album, “Move Dope“, is quite ironic because it begins with a sample of Rosebud from “Citizen Kane” preaching about how rappers are stealing swag from pimps. But two-seconds later, Marciano begins spitting “pimp” and gun raps with the entirety of Rosebudd’s Revenge sounding like a Blaxploitation film soundtrack. But that’s neither here nor there. Overall, Rosebudd’s Revenge is a great album!

     Avid listeners of Hip-Hop often yearn for true lyricists to spit over good production, with the stereotype saying that rappity rappers rarely have good production or songs. Roc Marciano manages to put together a very sonically visual album with some of the most clever raps I’ve heard from him. The album drags a bit at 15 songs of Roc Marciano over similar production with his same-y  signature low flow, but fans of Roc shouldn’t be too surprised.

Favorite Songs: “Killing Time”, “Move Dope”, “Burkina Faso”, “Pray 4 Me”

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