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Thursday, Jan 09 2014 | 00:30
Image: 1585723 “My sound is definitely boom bap, I could never deny that. But I feel like it’s an updated sound,” says Marco, born Marco Bruno, who started making music in 1999 after buying an MPC drum machine with student loan money. The MPC and a pack of Newports as his sole accomplices, Marco made a bold move to NYC in 2001. As an assistant Engineer at renowned recording studio, The Cutting Room, MP honed technical skills and got to know some of the rap game’s finest as he refined his production chops.
The Marco Polo production credit quickly began to hold more and more weight, with production placement on projects from legends such as Masta Ace and Boot Camp Click. MP’s discog of features, collaborations and solo projects grew steadily, leading to the 2007 release of the critically acclaimed “Port Authority.” This debut production album – featuring a who’swho of
MC heavyweights including Large Professor, Kool G Rap and Buckshot – was a career milestone that claimed his place as one of the new school’s most respected beatmakers. Fueled by the excitement of these collaborations and the exposure they have provided, his focus remains on his love of producing songs with his favorite MC’s and DJ’s. Fall 2013 will see the release of the long-awaited, most anticipated followup production album “PA2: The Director’s Cut.”

The lead single is a tribute to the late Keith Elam of Gang Starr, known to most as Guru, who passed away on April 19, 2010 due to complications from cancer. In addition, Marco reunites Organized Konfusion on “3-O-Clock” and King Tee and MC Eiht bring the hydroponic flows on “West Coast Love.” On the aptly titled “Astonishing” Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. and Tragedy Khadafi trade bars over a monster beat featuring scratches by DJ Revolution. “The album is called ‘PA2: The Directors Cut,’ because it’s 19 songs. If you’ve got A.D.D. this is not the album for you.”

01 “3-O-Clock” f. Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po)
02 “Savages” f. Slaine, Celph Titled & ill Bill
03 “Earrings Off” f. Rah Digga
04 “Can’t Get Enough” f. Big Twin, Nature & F.T.
05 “Astonishing” f. Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. & Tragedy Khadafi
06 “6 Trill” f. Last Emperor
07 “West Coast Love” f. MC Eiht & King Tee
08 “Wrong Girl” f. Reach & Reggie B
09 “Drunken Sleuth” f. Invincible
10 Michael Rapaport Intermission
11 “Emergency Man” f. Malcolm & Martin (scratches by
12 “Strange Brew” f. Gangrene (Oh No & Alchemist)
13 “What They Say” f. Kardinal Offishall, Lil Fame (of M.O.P.) & Styles P.
14 “Parental Discretion” f. Breezly Brewin
15 “Underdogs” f. Supastition & Shylow
16 “R U Gonna Eat That” f. The Doppelgangaz
17 “Sucka Free” f. Blaq Poet, Hannibal Stax & Panchi (of NYGz)
18 “G.U.R.U.” f. Talib Kweli & DJ Premier
19 “Glory (Finish Hard)” f. Masta Ace, A.G.,Posdnuos (of De La Soul) & Dion Jenkins Available from 20.12.2013
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