This week’s Mixtape Monday selection goes to Long Island’s gem, Roc Marciano. Roc’s been around the New York rap scene for a minute, and remains highly underrated. Last year he released Reloaded, which I highly recommend (that is, if you haven’t heard it already). But here we have The Pimpire Strikes Back. This tape includes production from The Alchemist, Lord Finesse, Madlib, and Roc Marci himself. Action Bronson, Cormega, Willie the Kid, Knowledge the Pirate, and Meyhem Lauren also make guest appearances. Not surprisingly, Bronson has two features on the tape. He’s been holding it down for Queens for the last couple of years (and his latest mixtape Blue Chips 2 serves to further confirm that), so it’s only right that these two get together. Don’t expect too many features on Roc’s projects, but he delivers each time, regardless. Be on the lookout for his follow-up LP, Marci Beaucoup, which drops in December. But for now, enjoy these 16 free tracks that will get you through your day smoothly. – Jasmin V.
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