There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have heard the brilliance that is Marco Polo and Masta Ace’s A Breukelen Story, do yourself a favor and stop what you are doing to listen to one of the best albums of the year. In the interim, check out the latest video from the project “Get Shot”
Let the Record Show, the crate-dug interview series in which artists discuss their favorite songs of all time as the tracks spin on vinyl, continues its third season today, as hosts Mike Pizzo and Warren Peace speak with legendary Brooklyn emcee Masta Ace and producer Marco Polo.
Following the release of his eighth album, A Breukelen Story – a collaborative LP with Toronto bred, BK-based producer Marco Polo – Masta Ace looks back on a career that spans thirty years, as the duo selects a list of vinyl cuts that shaped their individual tastes over the years. Their selections range from endlessly sampled breaks from Bob James and Donald Byrd to iron clad hip-hop classics from Run-DMC, Afrika Bambaataa and Gang Starr.
Masta Ace and Marco Polo’s appearance on Let the Record Show marks the 21st episode in the series and the sixth episode released this year, following each Georgia Anne Muldrow, Lil Jon, Kurupt, Just Blaze, and Flosstradamus. Season 3 of Let the Record Show will continue in the coming weeks with Mayer Hawthorne, Cut Chemist, and more.
After the radio rip floated around for a bit, we have the full version of Masta Ace & Marco Polo’s “EAT” produced by DJ Premier. Preemo laces Ace with yet another classic beat as the Masta Ace and Evidence lay it down. From the deluxe version of A Breukelen Story. You can cop the single on vinyl when it drops on Record Store day on April 13.
Masta Ace and Evidence rock out over DJ Premier production on “Eat.” The joint comes from the digital deluxe version of Masta Ace and Marco Polo’s A Breukelen Story along with the song “Masta Polo.” Both of these bonus cuts will be released as 45″ vinyl. For now, enjoy this radio rip is from Preemo’s “Live From Headqcourterz” radio show.
Boston producer B Leafs grabs Masta Ace and Termanology for “Been Waiting” just to bless you with some goodness before heading into the holiday weekend.
You’re late if you haven’t listened to Masta Ace and Marco Polo’s excellent A Breukelen Story album. Photos, flyers and album covers make up the video that gives you a history lesson for the emcee and producer.
The best kept secret in hip hop is that Masta Ace never fails when it comes to album releases. His latest effort with Marco Polo behind the board is no exception. A Breukelen Story is 19 tracks of dopeness that features the likes of Styles P, Smif-N-Wessun, Elzhi, Pharoahe Monch and others assisting. The album is available to be streamed in its entirety and you should do so now.
Masta Ace — who was inexplicably called a “one hit wonder” by The Root — connects with Smif N Wessun as the trio vibe out over Marco Polo production on “Breukelen.” This joint is from Ace and Polo’s forthcoming joint album A Breukelen Story dropping on November 9th.
DJ Tomo and Masta Ace join forces for a re-imagining of the legendary Goblin’s Theme from the movie Profondo Rosso. The European Producer/DJ/Musician inspired by the original theme, re-worked it into a compact and moody musical dose of urban decay. Furthering that vibe is cold lyrics from Brooklyn emcee great, Masta Ace. The visuals in the video reflect this with graffiti strewn train platforms, soot-stained brick buildings and other visuals from the dawn of hip-hop.
Masta Ace’s catalog is one of the most underrated in all of hip hop. So when he takes to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series to perform some classics with a live band, it’s a reminder that he’s worth his weight in the rap game.