Matt Hart is mostly known for his musical work under the name The Russian Futurists. Matt is currently a co-host on “Indie Mornings with Brian, Matt and Candice” on Indie88.
With hip hop and indie mingling like never before I sometimes worry that only the squeaky clean, softer side is being exposed to indie fans. Not to sound like an old curmudgeon (I realize that by including that I sound even OLDER) but when I got into hip hop in the mid to late 80’s it was dangerous and something to be avoided by most. Much like metal or punk rock, hip-hop was something you got into to piss off your parents. That spirit is largely absent in the squeaky clean group of MC’s dominating the top 40. While talented, the Drakes and Kid Cudis of the world have sanitized hip hop to the point where your aunt “Started from the Bottom now she’s heeere”.
Enter Roc Marciano; a gritty Hempstead, NY veteran who seemingly came out of nowhere in 2010 with the release of Marcberg. In the years since, he has unleashed a torrent of self-produced crime raps that evoke that early spirit while remaining squarely planted in modern Hip Hop. Fans of early Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep or Nas will find his unique production style a refreshing change from the tinny-computer beats that seem to be the sound du jour. Both Marcberg and 2012’s Reloaded are straight up classics that deserve the attention of hip hop-die hards and casual listeners alike. This November will see the release of the hilariously titled “Pimpire Strikes Back” with more releases slated for 2014. Here is one of my favourite tracks/videos called “76” off of Reloaded.
Warning: Explicit lyrics and some minor NSFW video content.