Meat Guns, Weed Brownies, and Riesling: Our Conversation With Roc Marciano

Roc Marciano

In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

Next week, Roc Marciano will release his exceptional new album, Reloaded. It's a fitting success for Roc Marcy, who used to count himself a part of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad and then the Pete Rock-endorsed group The UN before achieving solo acclaim for 2010's Marcberg album. Tapping into Roc Marcy's Twitter account, here he explains away the idea of a "meat gun," his crush on Sheila E, and why he's diggin' Earl Sweatshirt's raps.

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How did you feel when you saw that ?uestlove tweeted that he and Jay-Z had been discussing your first solo album, Marcberg?
I felt like that was good; it was good that my album was brought up in conversation among two dudes who're legends. I feel great about it.

Were you surprised to hear Jay-Z was aware of Marcberg?
I'm not surprised 'cause it's like my first solo LP, like a lifetime project. I was hoping to leave an impression 'cause it's my life. When it's your first solo album -- I don't know about other people -- but I had a lot of them samples and stuff like that, like I had them for a long time and I knew those samples and that music would last the test of time. I was living with a lot of that music for a long time, with the sounds and what I wanted to do with the songs. I knew what I wanted sound-wise. I had to put certain things to the side and go back to them over the years to refine them.

Which song do you think Jay-Z would like best on Marcberg?
That's tough! It's hard for me to guess someone else's taste but if I had to take a guess I'd go with "Thug's Prayer," maybe "Snow," maybe "Don Shit."

Busta Rhymes has been enthusiastically telling people to pick up Reloaded when it's out. What's your relationship like with Busta these days?
Busta's like a big brother to me! He brought me into this business. When you have a friend in Busta, you have a supporter to the end. He's a great artist and a greater friend.

Do you remember how you came to be invited into his Flipmode Squad?
I think around the time in the neighborhood people knew songs I was doing and word was just getting around. I went to school with his brother -- we from Long Island, eventually we'll cross paths. He liked the music and what I was doing, so it just happened organically. He asked me to come along with what he was doing and I was young and hungry and wanted to be heard so we did a deal. Busta put me on the map and brought me in the game.

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