Reloaded (Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks, Explicit)
by Roc Marciano
Released: Nov 2012
Roc Marciano's second album is even better than his hailed debut, Marcberg. That album was dependent on electrifying blaxploitation riffs, but his beats on Reloaded are a purer kind of menace, and built with psychedelic vibes and abstract fusion jazz. (The Alchemist, who produces "Flash Gordon" and "Pistolier," is a clear influence.) The result is impressively disorienting. And with scant hooks to pause him -- the chorus for "We Ill," for example, is just the title repeated -- his torrent of lyrics and mean-mugging braggadocio piles up into a beautiful "Death Parade."