Rock’s place in Hip-Hop history is already cemented through his outstanding work with the Bootcamp Click and the late Sean Price (together as Heltah Skeltah).
However his debut Rockness A.P., which I must say is long overdue comes through as a solid reminder of how dope the man is but beyond that he also shows us another side to his person as he still mourns the loss of his beloved rhyme partner Sean P on several tracks such as the title track and “Shine Down” (peep the video above).
The project is helmed by the production duo of Ford Tuff & Pascal Zumaque while TheArcitype, Coptic and Ron Browz come through with some heat as well.
Stand out joints includes the threatening bully talk of “Wishin’” featuring Kuniva (of D12), the grimy braggadocio of “FaxMachine” featuring fellow Brownsville natives M.O.P., and the cypher-esque hype of “Camp-Wu” featuring InspectahDeck, MethodMan, Tek &Steele of Smif-N-Wessun. These cuts highlight both the versatility of Rock’s subject matter and his cadence. He may have that unmistakable growl as his go-to weapon, but his arsenal includes a shape-shifting delivery as well.
Rockness A.P., which was executive produced by PhilAnastasia, is available now on all major streaming services and digital platforms, and can be purchased on CD via Digital Déjà Vu Records. Vinyl pre-order are now available via Fat Beats for a Dec 15th release date.