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Marco Polo: The Man Behind the Mixes

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With the current state of hip-hop constantly being under scrutiny by critics and fans alike, it has become perplexing to determine which side of the controversy to take. By talking with the movers and shakers in the industry, clarity can sometimes be found. It is often interesting in looking into the background of upcoming artists to learn more about the direction of the industry, and the influences that business have over the music.

Upcoming DJ Marco Polo is relatively new to the music industry, taking root in Brooklyn and teaming up with the remarkable Rawkus Records, the label known for some of the hottest underground emcees in the industry. Marco Polo’s latest release, Port Authority, shows Marco Polo’s growth as a DJ, while teaming up with some great emcees to produce the first of the next generation of Rawkus Records. A short chat with the man behind the music gives insight into the album.

LAist: You got off to an interesting start at producing. What influenced you to make the move to New York?

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Marco Polo: Well, I’m actually just a producer. I leave the rapping to the professionals! I made the move to NY to make connects and get my beats heard. Toronto is a small city, we got dope talent but you can only get so far before you hit a wall.