Record Label: Slice Of Spice
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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.
Slice Of Spice is proud to present Overworked & Underpaid, the debut album from First Division, in conjunction with Spaghetti Bender Music and Soulspazm. This killer debut album is Boom Bap hip hop to the core featuring beats by Marco Polo (Executive Producer), DJ Premier, Kev Brown, Jake One, The Doppelgangaz, BeatWyze and guest appearances from Prince Po, Rah Digga, Torae, Hannibal Stax and more.
Since it’s release on CD & Digital back in 2009, Ghettosocks’ album, Treat Of The Day, has been waiting for a vinyl release. Finally, Ghettosocks and his DSP crew have teamed up with Slice Of Spice to drop this as a licorice platter. Featuring artists such as El Da Sensei and Pumpkin Head (R.I.P.) and production by Jorun Bombay, Fresh Kils, and Bix, this limited edition vinyl needs to be gobbled up before it’s gone.
The long out of print and hip hop classic, Port Authority, has finally been re-issued and then some. Slice Of Spice have once again put together a high quality vinyl release in collaboration with Marco Polo and Spaghetti Bender Music. Fully remastered audio has pressed to heavy 180 gram vinyl and repackaged in a gatefold jacket with updated art. It also includes the bonus track “Relax”, which was previously only available on the CD. Though he’s Toronto born and bred, the producer known as Marco Polo deftly and assuredly steps into the second-generation Rawkus lineup with his solo-produced 18-track effort, PORT AUTHORITY. Known for his work with Brooklyn MCs Pumpkinhead and Masta Ace, among others, Marco Polo recruited the most respected artists on the East Coast to bless his butter beats, which echo the best of the late-1990s underground era. O.C., Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Wordsworth, Large Professor, A.G., Buckshot, Jo Jo Pellegrino, Roc Marciano, Sadat X, and Ju Ju of the Beatnuts are just a few of the MCs featured.
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The MIDI Midas EP is another classic Slice Of Spice die-cut picture disc from the Lord Finesse SP1200 Project. The 3rd and final picture disc just had to be a floppy disc when you consider how many were being used in the SP1200 and S950 back in the day. This are the last copies available so DON'T SLEEP!