Roc Marciano is an emcee from New York City's tradition rich Long Island. His work, first with The UN Crew and now as a solo artist, is quintessential, New York underground. In 2010 he released his official solo debut, Marcberg, on which he handled all production and wrote and rhymed all but one verse. His moody, claustrophobic production and stream-of-conscious, heavily stylized lyrics make him one of his era's most underappreciated auteurs. Born Rakeem Myer, Long Island hip hop steered his musical vision, approach and tastes as a youth growing up in Hempstead. He cites everyone from LI greats, such as, Public Enemy, EPMD, De La Soul to the lesser know Grand Daddy IU as early influences, not to mention non-LI, ubiquitous new school pioneers Nas and Notorious BIG. But it was Busta Rhymes, from Long Island's Leaders Of The New School that would give Marciano his biggest break. Busta's younger brother gave him a tape of some of Marciano's early music. The platinum-selling rapper decided to sign Marciano to his Flipmode label which, at the time, was one of raps foremost, artist-owned imprints. Marciano appeared on Busta's Anarchy, trading verses with Wu-Tang's Raekwon and Ghostface on "The Heist." Around this time, Marciano began forming a crew of his own, The UN, made up of Dino Brave, Laku and Mike Raw -- all high school classmates at Long Island's Uniondale. Together they all appeared on Pete Rock's Petestrumentals and released their buzzworthy mixtape Strength and Honor and the 2004 LP UN OR U Out? Soon, though, the crew disintegrated, finding it hard to get industry traction. Marciano forged on, dropping verses on GZA's Pro Tools and Marco Polo's Port Authority. His solo debut, Marcberg, was hailed by New York underground hip hop royalty. A remix album is said to be in the works, with production assists from Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Q-Tip and other beat-making legends. ~ Vincent ThomasPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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