On June 2nd, Canadian import, producer Marco Polo and Coney Island MC, Torae will release their well contrived LP, Double Barrel through the Duckdown imprint. United for one single purpose- to remind hip-hop of what NYC used to be and what it could be if our voices aren’t sold off for 30 silver pieces. Utilizing the long and forgotten concept of one emcee and producer, and inspired by the that gritty/out da city/knockin hip hop that made New York the pioneering sound some years back; the duo are successful at creating what some including myself might refer to as conventional hip-hop while effectively updating that champion sound.
Staying in the lane in which he has cemented his name as one of the better beatsmiths in the game, Marco Polo, supplies buckshot loads of quality instrumentals that make Torae’s well placed verbal shots even more menacing. The album is not short of features of high caliber either, featuring the likes of DJ Revolution, Masta Ace and Sean Price to name a few.
All things considered this album is not without its minor flaws; however, it is able to satisfy any listener who craves that real hip-hop, that raw and uncut for their eardrums, a lil’ bit of old boom bap mixed with the new as Torae spit, And that’s why me and Marco got into this/ We wanted to give them a record and make them reminiscence/ But still show we the future/. Support good music and pick up Marco Polo’s and Torae’s Double Barrel on June 2nd.
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