"It is a thematic album about the last year and a half of my life." Simply put, and always straight to the point, decidedly 'Tristate' producer/rapper Frank Marina finally comes through with The Drop, the very first full-length album independently released by the joint venture of S.W.E. Music and Lonely Cichlid Music. By combining an honest, poetic rap style based on personal ups-and-downs, with the necessary lyrical prowess of Connecticut-based rapper Maimon and Harlem NYC's own A Butta, The Drop showcases fresh east-coast talent from three very different perspectives. By ignoring all rules of caution and conformity, Marina, along with producer/engineer Chris Russomanno, has crafted an aural experience that will emotionally connect with the fans, while keeping their heads bangin' at the same time. Motivated by positive feedback from the people around them, Marina (whose real name is Joey Di Gioia) and Russomanno set out to create the perfect balance between intelligent, storytelling hip hop and infectious, synth-driven hooks and beats --- of course, with a little humor thrown in at times. And remember . . . don't cop that slop. Cop that Drop . . . featuring Frank Marina, Maimon, and A Butta.