Jay Worthy and Roc Marciano have released a new song and visual, titled "The Plug" featuring Ab-Soul and Kokane, released ahead of their forthcoming album Nothing Bigger Than The Program- set to drop May 26. Compton's Jay Worthy has been an underground street rap mainstay for years, as well as making up one half of prolific duo LNDN DRGS. Last year's 2 P’z In A Pod joint album with Larry June helped propel him to critical praise having been named on several year end lists. Roc Marciano is an esteemed New York MC and producer who has released a breadth of influential albums and earned the title ‘the king of the rap underground’ from Rolling Stone.
For underground hip-hop fans, Worthy and Marciano are a dream team- and so far their lead singles "Underground Legend", featuring Bun B, "Wake Up", and now "The Plug" have exhibited a natural chemistry between them that feels kinetic. With “The Plug”, they present a cinematic soundscape featuring hazy, raw production from Marciano and sharp bars from Worthy, Kokane, and Ab-Soul, accompanied by a gritty new visual.
"The Plug"'s production, provided by Roc Marciano, creates an atmospheric, hazy soundscape that adds a tangible griminess to operatic samples. The drumless instrumental suits Worthy's character-rich delivery and sleek, confident flows, while he demonstrates his focus as a lyricist. Kokane then adds dynamics with a raspy, sung hook that lingers in the listener's memory, while Ab-Soul drops off impactful lines in his usual display of vivid lyricism. The visual features muted, textural shots that add a retro appeal featuring scenes from old films, enhancing the track's cinematic feel.
Worthy and Marciano have announced a joint album, Nothing Bigger Than The Program, set to arrive on May 26. The album is entirely produced by Roc Marciano and features guest verses from Bun B, Ashton Matthews, Jay 305, A$AP Ant, Bart Oatmeal, Kurupt, Ab-Soul, Kokane, and Da$h. Ahead of the album's release, they have shared a new track and visual for “The Plug”, a cinematic joint featuring hazy, raw production from Marciano and sharp, poignant bars from Worthy. This release gives us even more reason to be excited for the forthcoming project Nothing Bigger Than The Program, providing a raw, engaging preview.
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