New York, NY – Ropeadope and producer Billy “Prince” Polo announce the launch of Prince Polo Records, a new reggae label based in Brooklyn, NY and connected to the growing Ropeadope family of labels. Prince Polo Records’ first release was from Trinidadian artist, Quizflo in October 2015, followed closely by a new release from Ruff Scott of The Easy Star All Stars.
New York artist and producer, Billy Polo has been working magic behind the console for years as a trusted engineer and producer in the reggae and dub communities. He has been behind the board for recordings with Lee Scratch Perry, Eek A Mouse, Lauryn Hill, Ranking Joe, and Addis Pablo amongst others. Additionally, Polo is a central figure in the restoration and archiving of legendary reggae producer, Clive Chin’s Lost Archives of 17 North Parade – a collection of almost 1,000 tape reels replete with the most seminal and influential names in the history of reggae. Having spent a few years working closely with Chin, Billy gained a new perspective, “I got to put my hands on the past and it made me think about how I could use that knowledge to produce music that has the elements that made the old music so great, incorporating sounds that are relevant today.”
The first release on Prince Polo Records was Quizflo’s “Out From The Nest” released in October and immediately followed by Ruff Scott’s “Nothing Shall I Fear.” Quizflo began his musical career in 2001 as a member of the Coconut Mafia — based out of his hometown of Sangre Grande Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. In 2007, Quizflo relocated to NYC and the new environment quickly became the springboard for new sounds and new musical opportunities. He quickly joined a cross genre group called the “Blaze Renaissance” – which allowed the young writer to focus on reggae, R&B, hip-hop, dance-hall and ska – broadening his musical horizons and assisting in his development as a singer and songwriter. In 2013 he began his collaboration with Billy Polo and their partnership will result in his first full-length album, “Out From The Nest.” Quizflo is one of the newest artists to spearhead the reggae renaissance.
Born in Manchester, Jamaica West Indies, Ruff Scott specializes in creative lyrics each carrying a positive message. Over the last twenty years he has shared the studio and stage with iconic musicians and has traveled the world performing in venues from Bowery Electric to Madison Square Garden. He is an independent artist and is currently touring with The Easy Star All Stars. In 2013 he teamed up with producer Billy ”Prince” Polo and began work on the album “Nothing Shall I Fear” which will be released in October of 2015.
Prince Polo Records is a label dedicated to bringing a fresh sonic approach to the world of reggae, dub and beyond. Their goal is to be a destination for music from up and coming artists as well as veterans from the scene. Listeners can look forward to hearing the entire spectrum of reggae and dub music from the classic sounds of the music’s Jamaican roots to its contemporary incarnation and to where it is heading into the future. Prince Polo Records will provide music of quality and substance for those who are already well versed in the genre and for those who are seeking a new musical experience.
Ropeadope is an independent record label known for unique recordings that cross genres. Founded in 1999, the label has released over 160 recordings, with historically progressive albums from an impressive roster of artists including King Britt, John Medeski, Questlove, Brad Jones, Col. Bruce Hampton and Christian McBride. In 2013 Ropeadope artists Snarky Puppy were awarded a Grammy for Best R&B Performance. The label has been at the forefront of the new music business, tailoring a new model of artist support and unique social media strategies. Ropeadope is a hub for artist driven independent label imprints Mashibeats, Label Who?, Yellowstone Records, Tribo Records, FNBeats Galore, and Ropeadope Sur.