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Marco Polo Making Beats + Sample Layering w/ MPC 2000XL

June 9, 2009

Another producer who has no problem rocking the MPC 2000XL while easily holding a cigarette, Marco Polo discusses his philosophy of creation and the influence of Pete Rock while offering a glimpse into his method for making beats.  Along the way Marco Polo explains tuning and pitching drums, layering multiple sample sources, and the importance of experimenting with sound.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

T.Y. June 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

This is by far 0ne 0f the best p0sts ive seen up here. Marc0
p0l0 is def. d0pe! If T0ny Traxx says that this was wack, he needs t0 be banned!! haha just playin

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hazardouslee June 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

i totally agree one of the best beat videos ever i have just became a fan of marco polo

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Ducada June 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Inspiration like a mofo!!!!..

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Vj kado June 10, 2009 at 6:28 am

videos like this are why I come to this site, mad props to cratekings you are hip hop

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Cai June 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm

how did he get all them sound in his mp? you sure he’s not running any midi into it?

dope vid also…

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Forkast June 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm

let me find out Marco went digital….what program was he was using to trigger the mpd..kinda looked like reason..

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Marco Polo June 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Gentleman, thanks for the love on the post.

To clarify, all the sounds i was hitting off the mpc 2000 XL were samples off vinyl in my collection.

The sounds I was playing off the mpd pads were triggered from Reason but had nothing to do with the beat in the 2000 XL.

That was just some other shit to show y’all in my setup but wasn’t a part of the beat you heard me making.

hope that helps. Marco

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Free Defy June 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Hell yeah, I see what you’re talkin about Polo. Like, not just layering samples from different pieces,but also combining software w/analog equipment. Really fuckin scavengin for sounds. Thanks!!

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FC June 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Marco polo is carrying on that bomb squad tradition of adding a lot of diffrent samples to the joint.

not sure how many cats are doing that nowadays?

am i right or is that now people are using multiple keyboard sounds to gel together (which is still gansta) instead of say tuning a whole bunch of different records to make the track???!

maybe im just too drunk?

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Rokwell June 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I don’t understand the fascination with holding a cigarette while rockin the MPC. how does that make you a “master of the MPC?” Sematik all Polo did was light the cig not once i saw him hit the pads.

dope vid by the way….just saying.

Im gonna make a vid’ of me holding a Kings staff made of gold. Hitting pads on the MPC with only my thumb.

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Semantik June 11, 2009 at 12:13 am

@Rokwell
Marco Polo creates a great video and that’s the most interesting comment you can come up with?  It’s clear that you missed the entire meaning.

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Rokwell June 11, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Did I not say it was a “dope vid” I’m just saying whats your fascination with the ability to hold a cig and rock and mpc. you used that with Havoc, how does that make you a master of the MPC?. I am just stating a question on previous vids.

I’m sorry Semantik I did not know I could not post my thoughts on here. This is the comments section right?

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Semantik June 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm

@Rokwell
Exactly where was it said that holding a cig makes you a master of the mpc?

The previous post regarding Havoc read:
“Only a true MPC master can work the pads with ease while holding a lit cigarette.”

This post reads:
“Another producer who has no problem rocking the MPC 2000XL while easily holding a cigarette,”

Both comments imply a certain ease of movement resulting from familiarity and expertise with the machines, which both Havoc and Marco Polo possess. Absolutely nowhere does it state that smoking makes you a master of the MPC.

As I said earlier, it’s clear that you missed the entire meaning.

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rokwell June 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm

The previous post regarding Havoc read:
“Only a true MPC master can work the pads with ease while holding a lit cigarette.”

@Rokwell
Exactly where was it said that holding a cig makes you a master of the mpc?

read your sentence again…..

F’k it why we beefin’ over stupid shit keep pumpin dope vids and thats that peace.

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Semantik June 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm

OK… let’s take a closer look at the sentence. We can make it somewhat easier by replacing a few words to create a more extreme version.

Original Sentence: “Only a true MPC master can work the pads with ease while holding a lit cigarette.”

Extreme Sentence: "Only a true tightrope master can walk the highwire with ease while juggling torches."

It’s clear from the second, more extreme sentence that "juggling torches" does not cause mastery of walking the tightrope. Instead, having the skill of a master tightrope walker allows for the ability to easily walk the highwire while performing an additional task, in this case juggling torches.

Also pay attention to the use of the words "with ease" and how they describe the performance of the primary skill.

The causal relationship is not in the additional, secondary tasks of juggling or smoking, but rather in mastery of the primary skill involving the tightrope or MPC.

In fact, the secondary task is so inconsequential that you could replace "holding a lit cigarette" with virtually anything and the inherent meaning of the sentence would still be the same: Only a true MPC master can work the pads with ease while performing an additional task.

In other words, MPC mastery allows for the ability of one to easily use an MPC while performing additional physical/mental tasks. However, performing additional physical/mental tasks does not cause MPC mastery.

Again, nowhere was it said that holding a cig makes you a master of the mpc.

Yes, stupid argument to have when there could be a much more interesting discussion about the video and music making. Instead we’re talking about logic and grammar… nice.

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TONY TRAXX June 11, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Marco Polo is dope ! I Love watching him make beats .Very inspiring . He makes real gritty beats that sound great ! He knows what sample to pick and he just kills it everytime.

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gadget June 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

this is a bbokmark real inspiration !!

in afew years Marco Polo will be will be in top5 beat maker
The Radar & Hood Tales off Port Authority is on heavy rotation in my car

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rokwell June 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Damn Semantik you you ain’t “The Teacher.” you straight dissected that shit, haha…lets move on.

Peace

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Cai June 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

@Semantik was dissing beatmakers the other night on twitter… why?

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Semantik June 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

@Cai

Was not a diss to beatmakers. Nothing said on twitter about making music was out of line with any of the larger themes and ideas that have been presented on this site.

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TONY TRAXX June 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Semantik tried to roast me on the other post . If you knock something he likes and you don’t like he will put you on blast.Little does he know I like everthing but I just like this marco polo post today a little more ‘ depends on how I feel that day.I guess im just a hater. lol
Shout out to Semantik If it wasnt for him we probally wouldn’t be able to find alot of these jewels.

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Semantik June 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

@Tony Traxx
“If you knock something he likes and you don’t like he will put you on blast.”

Not true at all. All opinions have always been welcomed and encouraged as long as they are constructive.

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TONY TRAXX June 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I feel u Semantik.Call me positive Traxx from now on.

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J LONESTAR June 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Dope , I’ve been a fan every since I heard the Masta Ace joint with Big Noyd . I get the best results from layering too . Thats where the “magic” is .

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Cai June 15, 2009 at 6:32 am

@Semantik you said something about how being a producer was so much better than being a beatmaker…

seem to me you were dissing beatmakers…

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Semantik June 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

@Cai

Please don’t misquote me… producers were never mentioned and that’s not what the quote says.  I can almost guarantee that during the act of rewriting or rereading the quote, you’d clearly see that there was no attack on beatmakers.  Instead, you’ve incorrectly paraphrased my words and we’re now discussing a quote that has yet to be presented.

Also, considering that you’re referring to something I said on Twitter, it probably would have been more appropriate to submit a response using Twitter rather than the site’s comments section.  At the very least, the exact quote could have been provided for clarification and legitimate discussion.  Of course, that’s if discussion and clarification is the real goal.

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Shattastar August 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Yeah Marco Polo is ill no doubt. One of the rare few new upcoming producers (outside of myself) who actually still embraces the raw elements of hip-hop production and doesnt try to sound “current’. Im also a new upcoming hip-hop producer out of Cleveland, OH. Check me out at http://myspace.com/shattastarmusic

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER http://twitter.com/shattastar

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Unyaszak March 19, 2011 at 8:45 am
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Marco has been sick for along time. I don’ know why he’s so slept on in the mainstream. I know he’s more of an underground producer but he has some stuff I feel alot of mainstream artist should be rollin with

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