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Masta Ace and Marco Polo announce new album "Richmond Hill"

Masta Ace and Marco Polo have announced their latest album.


"Richmond Hill," the follow-up to 2018's "A Breukelen Story," will release on January 26 through Fat Beats.


Producer Polo shared a statement on Instagram Wednesday which said that "Richmond Hill" is inspired by his own childhood in the titular Canadian neighborhood.


"Between interstitials about Marco's passion for hip-hop and cartoons, his struggle with addiction, and the support of his parents, Marco Polo and Masta Ace tackle the issues of the day head-on with clarity, the rapper using his decades-worth of rapping experience to slice through the producer's warm soul samples and crisp percussion," reads the statement shared by Polo.


Polo also shared the tracklist for the album, which includes songs with Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, Blu, and Speech of Arrested Development.



Ace and Polo dropped the album's lead single, "Life Music" featuring Stricklin, E Smitty, and Speech, on November 28.


Ace told Fat Beats that he wrote the song "while riding on a local bus to town in Barbados."


"Listening to that beat and looking at the masked faces of the working class passengers sitting around me combined with seeing the many impoverished residents in the neighborhoods the bus rolled through, I was inspired to write a song that celebrated life," he said.


"There are so many songs on the charts that glorify and celebrate death, I felt it was important to rail against those themes which we have somewhat normalized in our culture," Ace added. "I’m challenging the listener to embrace life and reject the negative messages we are constantly being fed in music."


"Richmond Hill" is available to pre-order now.

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