Marco Polo is the producer your favorite producer hates to give props. When Hip-Hop snobs get an ear whiff of the beats that are created from his Canadian liar, they’re likely to invest their attention with him opposed to whatever boom-bap snap they were previously savoring over.
No worries. There’s plenty of musical love to be spread all across North America. This time around however, Marco Polo is making a masterpiece theater for the ear drum with PA2: The Director’s Cut.
With the follow-up to 2007’s Port Authority, Marco Polo has recruited Michael Rapaport (of Beats, Rhymes & Life fame) to narrate the accounts of the ship.
It’s not a solo mission, either. Fusing in a multitude of generations, veterans such as Large Professor, King Tee and Posdnuos (of De La Soul) hold it down for the Golden Era while artists like Malcolm & Martin, Styles P. and Slaine are on deck to the keep the project current.
Not to mention, there’s common ground to be heard, namely the lead single, “G.U.R.U.” with Talib Kweli and DJ Premier.
Hit the next page to stream the album in its entirety and if the spirit of giving strikes you, pre-order it on iTunes. If you support good music, it will support you back.