Masta Ace is making 'A Breukelen Story' all about Marco Polo… • Word Is Bond

Masta Ace & Marco Polo is teaming up to bring you A Breukelen Story, where the concept for the album is about the Canadian’s move to Brooklyn from Toronto – back in the early 2000s.

For their introduction to the album, the duo linked up with Boot Camp Clik’s own Smif-N-Wessun – who comes in on the hook for the song, ‘Brooklyn’. In an interview with Complex, Ace says it’s a tribute in a positive way to his hometown.

“This song is an ode to my birthplace…. Brooklyn… originally named Breukelen after the city in Holland… the video depicts the beauty and essence of my city and Director Parris Stewart captures it perfectly!”

‘Breukelen’ is ‘Brooklyn’ in Dutch. The Dutch settled in the town and gave it the name (similar to the name of the town in Holland) in the 17th century.

This isnt the first time we’ve seen Ace and Polo link up to do music. Ace appeared on Polo’s ‘Nostalgia’ track (in which the video was shot in Brooklyn) from his 2007’s Port Authority album, and in 2011 they did a song called I Refuse (feat. eMC partner Wordsworth) for Russell Peters’ stand up comedy gig on DVD.

The album is set for a November 9th release on Fat Beats, which you can now pre-order. Tracklisting below.

1. Kings
2. Dad’s Talk (Skit)
3. Breukelen “Brooklyn” feat. Smif-N-Wessun
4. Get Shot
5. Still Love Her feat. Pearl Gates
6. Man Law feat. Styles P
7. You & I
8. Gotta Go (Skit)
9. Sunken Place feat. Pav Bundy
10. Corporal Punishment feat. Elzhi
11. Landlord Of The Flies (Skit)
12. Count Em Up feat. Lil Fame
13. American Me
14. The Cutting Room (Skit)
15. God Bodies feat. Trini Boy
16. Wanna Be f. Marlon Craft
17. Three feat. eMC
18. The Fight Song feat. Pharoahe Monch
19. Mom’s Talk (Skit)


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Pharoahe Monch: New Album, Organized Konfusion, & more… • Word Is Bond

We were late on this, but better late than never, right?

It’s been a little over four years since we’ve had a full length album from Pharoahe Monch. We’ve seen him go overseas back in March, then dropped a verse over the summer on a Wu remix track called ‘Pearl Harbor’ (s/o AFH) – so the great thing is he’s staying busy. Fans have been wondering when he’s going to drop another album, and thanks to the interview he did with Take It Personal Radio, we have information on what the album will sound like.

“It’s pretty insane. I’m looking at the collective of records, and I’m thinking it’s one of my best projects ever,” Monch says to DJ Philaflava and Kevlar, with DJ 360 taking full control on the music-side of things with his tribute. “It’s the hardest project ever.”

“It’s the darkest project ever, and it’s the hardest,” Monch continues. “The bars are somewhere in between Extinction Agenda (Stress) and Internal Affairs.”

According to Monch, this album is something he’s been wanting to work on for eight years. He’s letting Lee Stone take full control of production duties – which goes back to his IA days. Nottz has production on the album already. Details include that there will be songs on there that doesn’t have choruses and it’s bar-heavy.

But there’s something about this album that most fans will find somewhat shocking – it will be heavy rock-influenced. Monch grew up being a major fan of rock & roll music.

“I’m a huge (Led) Zepplin fan, but I would say that the record will feel a little more like (Black) Sabbath,” Monch says.

Aside from news about another album, the question came up about whether or not he and Prince Po will get back in the studio and make another album as Organized Konfusion. The last time they’ve linked up as OK was for Marco Polo’s 2013 joint, ‘3-0-Clock‘.

“I just sent him (Po) a beat that he loves… that’s where we’re at with it right now,” Monch says. “It just gotta be super organic. As long as it’s that, I don’t care what the vibe is…” 

Check out the soundcloud below. The interview starts a little after the 1:16:00 mark. The interview details everything – everything that a fan wants to know. This is a no-holds- barred interview, as well as an astounding tribute mix put together by 360.

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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.1.16

The Bitch In You: Revisiting Ice Cube and Common’s Vicious ’90s Rap Battle.
Before they were big screen buddies, the two headstrong rappers needed Minister Farrakhan to mediate their beef. By Mike “DJ” Pizzo

Give Them What They Want: The 10-year mission to release J Dilla’s legendary lost solo album.
“This is the last record he wanted out.” — Eothen “Egon” Alapatt. By Laurent Fintoni

Let’s Take It Back: J Dilla Remembered.
Egon, Ras G, Jonwayne, Gilles Peterson and more speak on their favorite cuts. By Joseph Stannard
[The Wire]

OKP Exclusive: Freeway Talks Kidney Failure, Dialysis And Free Will Album.
“I wasn’t fully aware of how serious it could be.” By Kevito

Masta Ace: Don’t Blame Artists For Bad Hip-Hop, Blame The Fans For Supporting It.
“Hip-hop fans have made artists with zero talent rich and famous.” By Jeff Moses
[Phoenix New Times]

Anecdope: eLZhi Breaks Down Lead Poison [Act One].
Digital liner notes. By Andreas Hale

Marco Polo: The Journey of a Beatmaking Pioneer.
“It was scary as shit, but I was like, ‘I gotta leave Toronto and move to New York, if I wanna do this for real.’ And that’s what I did.” By Amir Said (Sa’id)

Flop as Much as I Pop: How Jurassic 5’s Soup Went from Living on the Streets to Making Music Again.
Rebels of Rhythm’s Zaakir Muhammad’s long road to latest music project. By Daniel Kohn

Two-Headed Monster Chris Crack and Vic Spencer Put Their Heads Together.
“You must be personally connected to [the music].” By Sammie Spector
[South Side Weekly]

What Does Genius Look Like? Don Cheadle On Miles Davis And Race In Hollywood.
Actor-director discusses the Miles Ahead bio-pic. Heard on All Things Considered.

Inside Bernie Worrell’s All-Star NYC Benefit.
George Clinton, Questlove, and more unite for “funkraiser” for legendary keyboardist who has Stage 4 lung cancer. By Will Hermes
[Rolling Stone]

Interview: Dr. Lonnie Smith Bridges the Gap Between Jazz and A Tribe Called Quest.
“When hip-hop takes my music and goes somewhere else, it’s with the time now. Sometimes, one of my daughters will rap to one of my songs, and I’ll think it fits perfectly; that it’s meant for that.” By Justin Charity

Living Colour’s Corey Glover on Donald Trump and the Cult of Personality.
“We were a band without a country. We weren’t metal enough to be a metal band, not punk enough to be a punk band, and not R&B enough to be an R&B group.” By Matthew Stewart
[Broward Palm Beach. h/t yasboogie]

Relive the Punk-Rock Scene of 1970s Los Angeles.
Photos from the book Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977–80. Story by Catie L’Heureux
[New York Magazine]

Sprawling Mural Pays Homage to Cairo’s Garbage Collectors.
“When the first photographs of the mural circulated, reactions ranged from astonished delight to disbelief. Some people, struck by its seemingly impossible scale, seemed convinced that the images had been digitally altered, according to the man behind the project, a Tunisian-French artist known as eL Seed. But what seemed most surprising was that eL Seed and several friends who worked with him had been able to complete the project at all, without being harassed or arrested.” By Kareem Fahim
[New York Times]

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.1.16