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Marco Polo & Torae: Double Barrel

Marco Polo & Torae
Double Barrel
(Duck Down)

For most up-and-coming producers and rappers, respect is hard to earn, but on Marco Polo & Torae’s collaborative LP, Double Barrel, the duo employs a cohesive sound and steps into rap’s arena.
Whether taking shots at trendy rappers on the neck-snappin’ “Rah Rah Shit” or offering social commentary on the lively “But Wait,” Torae’s sharp wit, distinct voice and powerful delivery sound right at home over Marco’s sinister horns, hard-hitting drums and bangin’ bass lines. Without a hint of the ever so popular Auto-Tune, lyrics are at a premium, and guest MCs Masta Ace and Sean Price manage to raise the ante on the gritty “Hold Up.” Unfortunately, skills don’t always pay the bills, and the struggle to keep love for hip-hop while still trying to make a dollar is poetically articulated on the melodic “Crashing Down,” where Torae rationalizes, “You can’t rely on the public/At least niggas used to cop it and then dub it.”
High points aside, lackluster records like the free-associative and directionless “Word Play” and the less-than-stellar single “Party Crashers” prove that the album is not perfect. But, overall, Double Barrel is a solid offering. Marco Polo & Torae’s potential as a formidable producer/ MC team is without question—even if they never get the mass appeal.
–JONATHAN BONANNO

  • Pierzy

    No idea who this dude is either…Christ, I’m getting old.

    • http://xxl slickster

      Yo P. you need to get to know the whole Duck down movement look it up they got dat firee!!!

  • BeerGangsta

    Pierzy I don’t know him either. This is what getting famous is all about. You go for what you know while you are living. Life is Temporary! Then after that Heaven or Hell!

  • erudd

    dont sleep on this shit

  • TheRealQuincyJones

    This album has got to be one of the hardest & best of the year. I haven’t stopped pumping it since June 2

  • Victor

    If you haven’t heard of dude, i recommend this album. He is one of the few up and coming spitters who is actually talented. First semi-decent grade on xxl for ages (and even then its like a paragraph long!).

  • stoneyisland

    WTF?? You never listened to Port Authority? the lead single was called “Nostalgia” featuring Masta Ace????? damn………

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPZ2-FVcM3M

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    TORAE IS NOW OFFICIALLY SIGNED 2 DUCKDOWN RECOERDS HOME OF THE BOOT CAMP CLICK…..GET FAMILIAR

  • http://todayspopularbelief.blogspot.com ceze

    Wow! I cannot believe you said “less than stellar”. I truly believe many people that support real hiphop and not the garbage on July’s cover bought “Double Barrel”. Torae’s been bringing heavy sounds since “Daily Conversation.” Hello?! Dj Premier, Krysis,and 9th wonder all put him on.Apparently XXL readers are stuck on bet and mtv on repeat to get their hiphop fill. XXL, you are no longer a credible source of hiphop.

  • DREZWAN

    Marco Polo is a Toronto native…….in case you didnt know;)

  • Ceasegetsit

    He is Kil Ripkin’s guy.