Roc Marciano is an auteur -- a grimy, underground, unsung, unexpected, unassuming auteur -- and his debut album is as understated a revelation as can be. Self-produced with only one guest verse, it's sonically rich and ambient, emotionally moody, and lyrically dexterous. Roc Marc offers classic, sample-heavy beats appropriating the '90s golden-era craftsmanship that underpins his nuanced, heavily steez'd flow, spitting newly spun, age-old tales of, and takes on, N.Y.C. street living/survival.
Who else could build a 37-minute minimal techno epic out of an old Yugoslavian brass band sample, a steady beat, and a bit of delay? Ricardo Villalobos' mind-expanding "Fizheuer Zieheuer" immediately attained legendary status when it was released in 2006, and it's hard to think of anything else remotely like it, even now.