Torae & Marco Polo “Double Barrel” Duck Down Album Release
For most up-and-coming producers and rappers, respect is hard to earn, but on Marco Polo & Toraes collaborative LP, Double Barrel, the duo employs a cohesive sound and steps into raps arena. Whether taking shots at trendy rappers on the neck-snappin Rah Rah Shit or offering social commentary on the lively But Wait, Toraes sharp wit, distinct voice and powerful delivery sound right at home over Marcos 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 dont 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 cant 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 & Toraes potential as a formidable producer/ MC team is without questioneven if they never get the mass appeal.