Roc Marciano’s Five Best ‘Reloaded’ Outtakes

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Roc Marciano season is in full effect! Thanks to the magnificence of his newly released album Reloaded, the long-toiling and resolutely underground rapper is finally enjoying his deserved moment in the spotlight. But the recent cult of Roc Marcy started with 2010’s Marcberg; after its release news quickly broke that he was penning a sequel in Reloaded, and since then a dozen or so tracks have emerged that eventually failed to make the final tracklisting, possibly due to sample clearing issues, possibly due to not wanting to release a 24-song album. Still, there are some real gems here — check out Hive’s pick of the best Reloaded outtakes.

1. “I Shot the King”

As faithful to the Reloaded template as anything that didn’t make the cut, the burly “I Shot the King” has Roc rhyming over a loop from ’60s psych-rock act the C.A. Quintet’s song of the same name. Nattily, Marcy also tapped into the psyche-rock group’s grooves for his “Thug’s Prayer” series of songs. (Pedant’s note: “I Shot the King” was tacked on to the deluxe iTunes version of Reloaded, but you’re losing out if you don’t end the experience with the natural closer “The Man.”)

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