|In the spirit of great hip hop duos, Marco Polo, the Toronto DJ/producer now based in the Big Apple, coming off the success of his Port Authority album, and Coney Island emcee Torae drop their collaborative project Double Barrel! For the most part, the city that is also the birthplace of hip hop and used to dominate the scene is now sorely lacking, even most hip hop veterans in New York have been forced underground as they struggle to remain in touch with today's generation of rap audiences. This unfortunate part of the sad state of hip hop's relevance in the mainstream is happening all over the country, but Torae is adamant that New York hip hop is back and never actually left, as displayed on his album from last year, Daily Conversations. We don't need convincing that hip hop is not dead, that argument has been smashed, because the culture still thrives beneath the surface. Its preservation is key, and this type of album is one aspect of it. That seems to be the focus between the lines of Double Barrel, while it's at times ''in-your-face,'' it is also meant to be part throw-back and part tribute to the Golden Era and the type of hip hop New York became known for from the likes of Boogie Down Productions to Kool G Rap all the way to Mobb Deep and Boot Camp Clik. Appropriately released on Duck Down Ent., as they continue to expand their label beyond their own roster, the album features guest spots by Guilty Simpson, Heltah Skeltah, Saukrates and Lil Fame of M.O.P.|
Open copy played in our store. Near mint condition.