Diamond District’s debut In The Ruff made huge waves last year – ending up on countless year-end lists including heavyweight websites KevinNottingham.com, PopMatters.com, and more, and also continued the avalanche of well-deserved attention to the previously underrated DMV hip-hop scene. Considering the impact that the album made, remixes of some of the cuts were inevitable. A reworking of “I Mean Business” by yU (1/3 of Diamond District) surfaced in late December, and now, Canadian producer Marco Polo, who contributed tracks to Masta Ace’s A Long Hot Summer, Sadat X’s Black October and various Boot Camp Clik projects, including his own Double Barrel project with Torae, is the latest to add new flavor to one of the tracks – reworking one of the album’s top songs, “Who I Be.”
In addition to getting the track out early for fans, Marco Polo’s “Who I Be” Remix will be appearing on Mello Music Group’s Diamond District Remixes album, as well as Duck Down Records’ The Stupendous Adventures Of Marco Polo. Even before hearing the track, the pairing of Marco Polo’s patented boom bap with Diamond District’s own break beat heavy sound is a logical match. Marco Polo’s new flavor is apparent right out of the box, as he drops the low end and adds a serving of catchy keys that give the song a fresh and more bouncy feel. On enlisting Marco Polo for the remix, Mello Music Group founder and Director of Operations, Michael Tolle, says, “Given the success of In The Ruff, we wanted to keep the remixes in a few select hands. Oddisee reached out to Marco on the strength of his Double Barrel release with Torae. and Marco came thru with a big radio friendly remix that made fresh use of the original ODB sample.” Keeping the remixes in ready supply, in the coming weeks fans can also expect a remix of “Streets Won’t Let Me Chill” by Detroit’s own Apollo Brown.