Marci Beaucoup

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Marci Beaucoup
Roc Marciano, 'Marci Beaucoup', cover artwork, Oct 2013.jpg
Studio album by Roc Marciano
Released December 10, 2013
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 43:45
Label Man Bites Dog Records
Producer Roc Marciano
Roc Marciano chronology
Reloaded
(2012)Reloaded2012
Marci Beaucoup
(2013)
Rosebudd's Revenge
(2017)Rosebudd's Revenge2017

Marci Beaucoup is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Roc Marciano, released on December 10, 2013 under Man Bites Dog Records.[1] A month prior to its release, the album was preceded by The Pimpire Strikes Back, a mixtape which serves as its precursor.[2][3]

Roc Marciano began working on the album in 2012 before the release of his second LP Reloaded.[4] While the latter features contributions from Q-Tip and The Alchemist on the beats, Marci Beaucoup focuses on Marciano's own production with vocal performances from various artists while Marciano also performs on every song.[5][6] Guest appearances includes Evidence, Guilty Simpson, Action Bronson, Freeway, Gangrene, Blu and Cormega, among others, along with frequent collaborators Ka and Knowledge the Pirate.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Exclaim! 7/10[8]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media 6.8/10[10]
RapReviews 7/10[11]
Spin 8/10[12]
XXL 4/5 (XL)[13]

Upon its release, Marci Beaucoup received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a 77 score based on 6 reviews.[7] Phillip Mlynar of Spin gave the album an eight out of ten, saying "Instead of reaching that precipice and seeming to over-stretch for some sort of tipping point into the mainstream, [Roc Marciano]'s forged his own world, on his own terms, and invited like-minded artists to flourish there as well. Long may his principality prosper."[12] HipHopDX reviewer Marcus J. Moore gave the album four exes out of five, saying "Marci Beaucoup is a nice victory lap that falls just short of Reloaded. There are standouts here—'Drug Lords', 'Psych Ward' and 'Soul Music' to name a few—but the overall product isn't as spectacular. Like its predecessor, Marci Beaucoup follows a standard formula of dope beats and dope rhymes, which works fine for an emcee of Marciano's caliber. With Beaucoup, Marciano and his friends just wanna rap and talk shit. That's fine. Marciano is a benevolent leader."[9] David Inkeles of XXL gave the album an XL, saying "Marciano adroitly finesses Marci Beaucoup, with the sort of smug, witty, stream of conscious brilliance that is one of his more endearing attributes on the mic. Couple that with his own tremendous production, and the bevy of talented guest-spots on here, and Marci Beaucoup is the perfect gift for any hip-hop connoisseur."[13]

Grant Jones of RapReviews gave the album a seven out of ten saying, "If you felt Roc's previous albums were too Roc-heavy, this is the ideal album to ease you in to his brand of excess rap. Yet for somebody that held his previous two albums in such high regard, it's a little bit disjointed, unpolished and dare I say it, scruffy."[11] Pitchfork reviewer Renato Pagnani gave the album a 6.8 out of ten, saying "As a proper third album, Marci Beaucoup doesn't stack up to its precursors, but as an advertisement for Marciano's services as a beatsmith, it's much more successful."[10] Olivia Arezes of Exclaim! gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "Though not his most cohesive work, Marci Beaucoup is undoubtedly a solid addition to Roc Marciano's impressive and rapidly expanding catalogue."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Intro" 0:26
2. "Love Means" (featuring Evidence) 3:14
3. "Squeeze" (featuring Ka and Guilty Simpson) 3:17
4. "456" (featuring Action Bronson) 2:21
5. "Drug Lords" (featuring Knowledge the Pirate) 3:30
6. "Dollar Bitch" (featuring Maffew Ragazino) 3:19
7. "Didn't Know" (featuring Freeway and Knowledge the Pirate) 4:00
8. "Soul Music" (featuring A.G.) 2:50
9. "Trying to Come Up" (featuring Boldy James) 3:46
10. "Psych Ward" (featuring Gangrene) 3:13
11. "Confucius" (featuring Ka) 3:13
12. "Willie Manchester" (featuring S.A.S.) 2:49
13. "Cut the Check" (featuring Blu and Quelle Chris) 3:31
14. "Safe" (Skit) 0:24
15. "War Scars" (featuring Cormega and AG Da Coroner) 3:52
Total length: 43:45

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Marci Beaucoup by Roc Marciano". iTunes.com. Retrieved 10 Dec 2013. 
  2. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (31 Oct 2013). "Roc Marciano Prepping Two Albums for Next Two Months | Music News". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 10 Dec 2013. 
  3. ^ Tardio, Andres (5 Nov 2013). "Roc Marciano 'The Pimpire Strikes Back' Cover Art, Tracklisting & Stream | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 10 Dec 2013. 
  4. ^ X, Dharmic (23 Oct 2013). "Roc Marciano 'Marci Beaucoup' Artwork". Complex.com. Retrieved 9 Dec 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Mlynar, Phillip (10 Apr 2013). "Roc Marciano Recruited Action Bronson and Guilty Simpson for 'Marci Beaucoup'". MTVHive.com. Retrieved 10 Dec 2013. 
  6. ^ Tardio, Andres (3 Dec 2013). "Roc Marciano 'Marci Beaucoup' Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 10 Dec 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Marci Beaucoup Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 27 Jan 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Arezes, Olivia (10 Dec 2013). "Roc Marciano Builds His Own Exquisite Crime-Rap Universe on 'Marci Beaucoup'". Spin. Retrieved 27 Jan 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Moore, Marcus J. (16 Dec 2013). "Roc Marciano - Marci Beaucoup | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 24 Dec 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Pagnani, Renato (13 Jan 2014). "Roc Marciano: Marci Beaucoup | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 Jan 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Jones, Grant (7 Jan 2014). "Roc Marciano :: Marci Beaucoup :: Man Bites Dog Records". Spin. Retrieved 27 Jan 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Mlynar, Phillip (11 Dec 2013). "Roc Marciano Builds His Own Exquisite Crime-Rap Universe on 'Marci Beaucoup'". Spin. Retrieved 11 Dec 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Inkeles, David (30 Dec 2013). "Roc Marciano Displays His Strengths As A Producer On 'Marci Beaucoup'". XXL.com. Retrieved 27 Jan 2014.