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Roc Marciano Creates His Own World On Cinematic ‘The Pimpire Strikes Back’ Mixtape

“I grew up in a rough town,” warns Roc Marciano, referencing Hempstead, Long Island, as his new mixtape comes to a close. It’s rare that the muck-mouthed rapper is so vague. As a rule, Marciano loves incisive turns of phrase and ominous imagery, and his words arrive in even, pulsing bunches. Consider: Hempstead was home to Walt Whitman when the 19th-century poet was in his late teens, just beginning his literary life. You can almost imagine Roc as a spiritual descendant of Whitman, but having grown up in the rougher Hempstead of the past few decades, it’s only natural he ...

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