Torae – For The Record (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 10th, 2012 by Hyphen

I just mentioned how I’ve been thankful and inspired to see NYC’s current generation continue the legacy of that classic mid-90′s boom bap and Torae is, of course, another prime example. Primo on the beat. Knowledge on the mic.

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Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx – Nobody (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 8th, 2010 by Hyphen

While the song is real dope (crazy beat from Marco especially), I must say…my dude Todd Angkasuwan killed it with this video.  Marco’s slap is classic.  Every time someone complains about artists like Drake and whatnot, I like to remind them that there’s plenty of that traditional  boom-bap craziness to beat you over the head with.  Duck Down has been holding it down on that front for 15 years.  Respect.

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Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 9th, 2009 by Hyphen

(“n****s got wait till 2 in the morn’ to hear Tor get on/it’s like that now, it won’t be like that for long” – true words…SNSS can relate)

I swear, when I watched this for the first time, Tor reached through my monitor and slapped the ish out me.  It’s that hard.

Cop Marco & Torae’s excellent Double Barrel project if you haven’t already…though if you haven’t, Tor’s probably slapped you too…and rightly so.

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Marco Polo & Torae – Party Crashers (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on June 16th, 2009 by Hyphen

Peep the new video from one of the best albums of the year, Marco Polo & Torae’s Double Barrel, out now on Duck Down.  I’ve mentioned it before on the site, but if you’re looking for some of that good ol’ fashioned boom bap ish that will break your neck, this album is for you.

That said, there’s range on the project too…it’s not all the same hyped up vibe as this video would suggest.  We played “Crashing Down” on last week’s SNSS and it’s more sentimental and reflective.  Tor kills that joint, detailing the effects the record industry’s demise has on artists who put their hearts and souls into this music, only to see fans bootleg their hard work for free.

Support these dudes.  Cop Double Barrel now.

Sidenote, the last scene shows the kind of party I’d crash.  Run that cake son.

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Marco Polo making a beat

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on June 9th, 2009 by Hyphen

Marco is one of my favorite producers these days and honestly, nobody is really seeing him on some straight up boom-bap head nodding type slaps.  Check out this clip to watch him piece together sounds from multiple sources to make yet another banger.

Cop MP’s project with Torae, Double Barrel, in stores now!  Support dope music & good dudes.

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Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel Training, Pt. 1

Posted in Artists, Music Videos, Videos on May 12th, 2009 by Hyphen

Hahaha MP & Tor are fools for this one.  Seeing Tor get his Rocky on is hyping me up for their upcoming album, Double Barrel, which drops on June 2nd on Duck Down (what up to the brothers ‘Ha!).  For all those complaining about a lack of that classic NYC boom-bap griminess in today’s music scene, this LP is gonna smack the ish out you.

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Reef The Lost Cauze – I Wonder (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on October 8th, 2008 by Hyphen

(man, Marco is smoking in every video.  we gotta get you off those homey!)

Here’s the brand new video for Reef The Lost Cauze‘s “I Wonder,” produced by Marco Polo.  They circulated a trailer for this a few days ago, but here’s the full product.  Super dope.  In Reef’s own words:

This song actually was never supposed to happen. I got a beat cd from Marco at a Beat Society in like 2005. He gave me all these bangers, battle ready type joints. I was lovin it but there was this one joint that had such a dope feel to it, and it had this voice sayin “I wonder” in the chorus and I knew that was my beat. This shit was like number 14 on the cd and he was like “you sure? This is the one you want?” but I convinced him I would do it justice.

So some time went by and due to my budget I couldn’t afford to cop it off him, and he was trying to hook me up but he had bills too so I understood. I told him to try and hold it for as long as he could. So like a year went by, and the track was pretty much not gonna happen. We hadn’t spoken really, he was grinding and getting his placements and he was workin on his album as well. So I figured by now it was gone.

So as fate would have it, I seen him in Philly at this show I was playin at wit Wu, Redman, Jedi, and mad other people. It was nuts. He was supposed to have some tickets waiting but things got screwed up and I got him in, and after that he waived the fee haha. Funny thing is, after I got the greenlight to write to it, I got shook. I knew I wanted to say something but I didn’t know what. So I ended up not even finishing the song until I was on the train to his crib in Brooklyn to record it. I got high as shit, got on the train with the first verse written, put the beat on in my headphones and just wrote around the hook. It’s just things I wonder about, things I think about as a grown man in America. My perspective has changed over the years, I’m aware of more things going on in the world and this song articulates that somewhat.

A lot of it is just me trying to sound smart.

Word up.  Cop Reef’s album, A Vicious Cycle, on the 28th.  I thiiiiiiiink Seattle’s own MTK might have a beat on there.

Reef The Lost Cauze – “I Wonder”

Swiped from 2DopeBoyz.

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Torae – Switch (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 30th, 2008 by Hyphen

The homey Tor just dropped a dope video for one of my favorite songs of the past year, “Switch,” off his Daily Conversation album.  Shout to Black Milk on the beat.  There are also a ton of cameos from great artists (check Marco Polo’s appearance in that Godzilla suit) and LOL @ Tor-Pac, Lil’ Tor, and Torminator X.  Where was the Cam costume ‘switch’ though?

Swiped from the Dopehouse.

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