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Real Talk: The 12 Best Albums Of 2012

By 12.30.12

Roc Marciano – Reloaded

An even more engaging embodiment of the mid-90s New York street rap ethos than his 2010 debut, sophomore offering Reloaded finds Roc Marciano in fine form — stacking syllables and firing off clever slick talk over mostly self-produced beats that alternate between chilly, ominous arrangements, and backdrops that could score a ’60s-era mafioso flick. The cinematic connection extends to Marciano’s strong eye for detail (“motion picture rap, we’re like filmmakers”), a skill that helps breathe color into his raps, even as he sounds almost half-annoyed at having to explain how his clothes are flyer, his guns are bigger and his women are more desirable. (Buy)

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