ALBUM REVIEW – Marco Polo’s PA2: The Director’s Cut
Marco Polo is definitely no slouch in the game. He has worked with all the underground hip hop veterans that you would call great in any conversation. His last two releases Newport Authority with Mick Boogie, and Newport Authority 2 are two classic pieces that should be sought out if you are one of those people who don’t like trap music and say current Hip Hop is trash.
With that being said, I have to admit that I was not as impressed with his latest release PA2: The Director’s Cut. His choice of lyricists range from Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po), Slaine, Ill Bill & Celph Titled, Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. & Tragedy, Big Twin, Nature & F.T.. The lyrics were there in the majority of joints. Organized Konfusion definitely were not playing on the mic and sounded fluent together with neither emcee budging on who killed it. Kardinal Offishall, Lil Fame & Styles P of course came through with the usual official smack you in your face music. There were definitely a few surprises. Martin and Malcolm with their song “Emergency Man” will encourage you to peep their newest mixtape” ThaAv Presents Tain and D-NYCE “ and The Doppelgangaz definitely had one of the most memorable joints and concepts with the song “R U Gunna Eat That”. Also Tragedy’s verse on “Astonishing” and definitely Breezly Brewins’ song “Parental Discretion” were to me the two stand outs.
In general it wasn’t a bad mixtape at all but I think it could’ve been better. I just felt the beats could’ve been a little more fitting for the MC that was spitting over the track to make the songs stand out. It’s possible that the emcee’s picked the tracks they wanted to rock with but I think Marco could’ve sent them a batch of stringer beats. In the end I give this mixtape a 7.25 out of 10.
Collab Combos: 8
Official Release Date: November 12, 2013