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Marco Polo | Interview

Marco Polo is a hip hop producer from Toronto, Ontario. In 2003, he finished audio engineering school with no job lined up, after sending over 20 resumes to NYC recording studios. He moved to Brooklyn and later met an acquaintance at The Cutting Room Studio by the name of Ayatollah. Marco worked out an internship deal at the studio, and a few months later became an Assistant Engineer/Manager (the same job held previously by Just Blaze). After co-engineering records from the Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Carl Thomas, Masta Ace took a beat CD from Marco. Ace called him back and recorded “Do It Man” for the album A Long Hot Summer. Marco would play his beats in the office for clients to hear. His first solo album, Canned Goods, was released in 2005. He executive produced Pumpkinhead’s classic album, Orange Moon Over Brooklyn, in 2006 and made significant noise in his career with the 2007 solo album, Port Authority. The album features O.C., Masta Ace, Copywrite, Kardinal Offishall, Wordsworth, JoJo Pellegrino, Buckshot, Kool G Rap, Sadat X, Jaysaun, Roc Marciano, and more. Since then, Marco has released collaborative albums with Torae, Ruste Juxx, and Italians rappers Bassi Maestro and Ghemon.

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