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“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’s-who 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 follow-up 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.”
1. “3-O-Clock” f. Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po)
2. “Savages” f. Slaine, Celph Titled & ill Bill
3. “Earrings Off” f. Rah Digga
4. “Can’t Get Enough” f. Big Twin, Nature & F.T.
5. “Astonishing” f. Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. & Tragedy Khadafi
6. “6 Trill” f. Last Emperor
7. “West Coast Love” f. MC Eiht & King Tee
8. “Wrong Girl” f. Reach & Reggie B
9. “Drunken Sleuth” f. Invincible
10. Michael Rapaport Intermission
11. “Emergency Man” f. Malcolm & Martin
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
-Press Run = 700
-180 gram vinyl LP (x3)
-Tri-fold jacket with 3 pockets (full color, matte laminate finish, spot varnished titles/tracklisting)
-Full color printed inner sleeves (x3) (front & back) to house each of the three records
-This high end Deluxe Edition is limited to the 1st press run only. Any future editions will be on 125-150 gram, and in a single pocket jacket.
With over 8 years in and appearing on over 30 vinyl releases, Damu the Fudgemunk has built a modest following and a collectible catalog. With his latest release, Public Assembly (cover photo shot at the legendary Fat Beats record store in NYC), his label Redefinition Records decided to empower fans with a role in the selection process. Is this a greatest hits? Not quite, but a highlight reel of sorts influenced by carefully analyzed comments in Redef's social networking community, hence the LP title. Many consider, "The Greatest Hits Album" overdue, but for a man who considers "his best work has yet to be released", Public Assembly is the Fudgemunk's artist statement that brings things to date full circle. 10 full length instrumentals from various projects are consolidated into one album. Over half the featured tracks were either never released on vinyl (Hole Up and Streamline instrumentals) or released in limited quantities (Supply Intro). For newcomers, Public Assembly is the full course introduction into Damu the Fudgemunk's vast catalog. For those who have been on board over the years the record connects the dots in one sitting. Either way, with the growing expansions of Damu and Redefinition records, it's safe to assume this won't be last of their projects rallied by the people.
Another Truth & Soul must have, an instant classic two sider. Truth & Soul is proud to present the "Just Can't Win" b/w "Still Gets Me Down" 45. Two incredible tracks from Lee's Emma Jean LP with the super fresh boxing glove art labels. Side A "Just Can't Win" is a sure shot with the punching drums and heavy production covered by Lee's in the pocket lyrics paying homage to persistence and dedication.We released the digital single for this tune and the video starring Boardwalk Empire's Margot Bingham back in May. Both got rave reviews worldwide, and finally we got the records back from the press!!!Side B is "Still Gets Me Down" an epic mid tempo ballad about the lingering feeling of an ex even long after life has moved on. Typical slamming production from T&S with Lee pouring his heart out over the cinematic arrangements.
Eddie Pendergrass Present’s second release brings two of XL Middleton’s modern funk tracks to vinyl for the first time. Both tracks embody his unique version of g-funk influenced, unmistakably West Coast, modern funk style.
Mark James (AKA The 45 King) is a world renowned DJ/Producer pioneer in Hip Hop music. His breakbeat classic “The 900 Number” has been a staple among DJs since its release in 1987 (notably featured as the song to “The Ed Lover Dance” on MTV’s Yo MTV Raps). Throughout the last 30 years, 45 King has managed to stay relevant, producing hits for some of Hip Hop’s biggest names including Jay-Z & Eminem, with production for their hit songs “It’s A Hard Knock Life” & “Stan”, respectively. With a prolific output and catalog of beats, he has set out to release a series of limited edition 45s with brand new and never before heard music. M.A.S.H. is a single- sided 45 EP of beats featuring 45 King’s signature sound; breaks chopped and looped to perfection.