Marco Bruno, better known by his alias Marco Polo, was born in Toronto, but moved to New York City to pursue his career as a producer. After enrolling in an audio engineering school in 1999—and buying his first MPC with his student loans—Marco Polo worked as an unpaid intern at the Cutting Room Studios in Manhattan once he moved to NYC in 2000. The job proved to be fortuitous as he met the legendary Masta Ace. The Brooklyn veteran emcee was looking for beats at the time, resulting in Marco Polo landing his first major placement on Masta Ace’s 2004 record A Long Hot Summer. With the beat floodgates open, Marco Polo then found himself working as an in-house producer for indie imprint Soulspazm, going on to produce for Sadat X’s Black October, as well as several projects for Boot Camp Clik. Marco Polo released his first solo beat CD Canned Goods in 2005 via Rasco’s Pockets Limited imprint. Two years later, he made his debut on Rawkus Records, releasing his production album, Port Authority in 2007. In 2009, he released a joint album with Torae, Double Barrel, on Duck Down Records. Marco Polo has since built an ever-growing list of production credits, working with the likes of Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Large Professor, The Demigodz, R.A. The Rugged Man, A-F-R-O, Styles P, and more. He is best known for championing the ‘90s boom-bap sound, utilizing samples, heavy bass, and expertly arranged drums in his work. Aside from producing for others, Marco Polo’s latest release Kartagina arrived in 2014 and was created alongside Polish rapper O.S.T.R.

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