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Back to Boom Ba​p ​—​ Marco Mello’s debut album ​—​ is as much a tribute to rap’s golden age, as it is a modern reinterpretation. Lyrical references are sprinkled throughout the album and pay homage to the genre’s greats. The production features chopped samples and heavy low-ends reminiscent of beats by DJ Premier, Pete Rock and J Dilla. Thematically the album is firmly placed in the here and now, addressing current issues faced by Mello’s generation: fear of commitment, professional burnout, toxic masculinity and Trumpian politics.

As rap albums go, ​Back to Boom Bap​ is unusually sincere. Rather than hiding behind a tough-guy image, Mello embraces his status as a "misfit" unapologetically. He expresses his disdain for machismo (“New League of Gentlemen”), pokes fun at his own lack of tattoos (“Uninked”) and opens up about his fear of commitment (“4evava”). Mello is supported by a cast of talented young musicians from Berlin’s jazz scene and German hip hop legend DJ Stylewarz.


Back to Boom Ba​p ​—​ Marco Mello’s debut album ​—​ is as much a tribute to rap’s golden age, as it is a modern reinterpretation. Lyrical references are sprinkled throughout the album and pay homage to the genre’s greats. The production features chopped samples and heavy low-ends reminiscent of beats by DJ Premier, Pete Rock and J Dilla. Thematically the album is firmly placed in the here and now, addressing current issues faced by Mello’s generation: fear of commitment, professional burnout, toxic masculinity and Trumpian politics.

As rap albums go, ​Back to Boom Bap​ is unusually sincere. Rather than hiding behind a tough-guy image, Mello embraces his status as a "misfit" unapologetically. He expresses his disdain for machismo (“New League of Gentlemen”), pokes fun at his own lack of tattoos (“Uninked”) and opens up about his fear of commitment (“4evava”). Mello is supported by a cast of talented young musicians from Berlin’s jazz scene and German hip hop legend DJ Stylewarz.

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Back to Boom Bap

Marco Mello
Now on sale
Mar 5 2021
€ 20.00
12” Black vinyl (33 rpm)
Digital Download Included
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"You rap? You don't look like a rapper!" — Marco Mello hears this a lot. The Berlin-based MC and producer defies most rap clichés: he sports neither tattoos nor flashy outfits and his lyrics cover issues rarely addressed in hiphop, such as toxic masculinity. And yes, he's a German citizen, though you'd never know it listening to his music. In the mid-1990’s Mello’s family moved from Germany to the US (Detroit, MI) where he first came into contact with hiphop culture. The storytelling and jazz-infused vibes of A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Slum Village and Mos Def captivated Mello’s imagination as a pre-teen. 25 years later classic hiphop remains his sanctuary.