Entries tagged with: Tanya Morgan
Brooklyn hip hop group Tanya Morgan, who are now the duo of Donwill and Von Pea following the departure of Ilyas, return today (9/24) with their first album as a duo, Rubber Souls. It's also the first album the group didn't produce themselves, instead tapping 6th Sense (Talib Kweli, Outasight) for the job. The album's new single, "The Only One," also comes out today, and makes its premiere in this post. It's a soulful hip hop tune, with a number of guest singers including Tiara Wiles, Mike Maven, Spree Wilson, and Rocki Evans (of CharlieRED). Listen to the new song, and check out the album trailer, album artwork and tracklist, below. The album can be purchased on iTunes, and there's a deluxe version available here.
Tanya Morgan will also be doing a local in-store performance at the Apple Store in SoHo this Thursday (9/26).
Song stream and more, below...
Slum Village, the group which once counted the late J Dilla as a member, are set to to release a new album, Evolution, this June, and they'll be kicking off an international tour this week in support of it. That tour hits NYC on April 30 at Santos Party House. The show is looking pretty solid, with music by Mick Boogie and DJ Martin, and performances by Tanya Morgan and Skyzoo, in addition to The Action Figures, Citi Lightz, and Singapore Kane. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, two previously unreleased J Dilla songs have surfaced on a new 12": "Trucks" (which prominently samples Gary Numan's "Cars") and "Anthem." Both feature Dilla rapping, in addition to producing. Stream them below.
"Its good to see NYC come out every time i perform. That shit is dope." - Action Bronson
Action Bronson and a bag of weed at MHOW in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Remember how we just said that Action Bronson continues to give NYC many chances to see him? Well he's keeping that up. After just playing a show with RL Grime last Friday (9/28), Bronson announced that he'll play a free Scion A/V-presented show in the front room of Public Assembly on October 10 with Jonwayne, Party Supplies, and DJ Getlive. The show is free but RSVP is strictly required. The flier for this show is below. Not very surprisingly, it's also been announced that his Highline Ballroom show (10/30) with Cypress Hill is part of a larger tour the two acts will go on together this fall. All dates are listed below.
Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren (who he shared a bill with at MHOW in August) has an upcoming Public Assembly show (10/25) too. His is with Lakutis, Big Baby Ghandi, Spit Gemz, Timeless Truth, Gee Dubs, Eff Yoo, and DJ Uneek. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tanya Morgan, who was also on that MHOW show, have a show at Public Assembly (10/23) too, two days before the Meyhem Lauren show. That one's a co-headlining show with rapper/producer Oddisee, who Tanya Morgan has played with before, and who released the album, People Hear What They See over the summer (stream it at SPIN). Support on that show comes from The Doppelgangaz, Mr. Mag, and Gotham Green, along with a DJ set by DJ Tara and it's being hosted by Dee Phunk. Tickets are on sale now. It takes place just after CMJ, which Oddisee is scheduled to play, though no shows have been announced yet as of this post. All Oddisee dates are listed below.
That famed MHOW show was rounded out by Flatbush Zombies, who were joined by A$AP Rocky and in turn joined him at his Roseland Ballroom show last week (9/27). Flatbush Zombies don't have a Public Assembly show coming up, but they do have a Noisey: Acid Alumni CMJ show happening at Santos Party House on October 17 with Children of the Night, Haleek Maul, Bodega Bamz (who also joined Rocky at that Roseland show), and The Underachievers (who will be taking part in Flying Lotus' NYC takeover). That show is free with RSVP. The flier is below.
Roc Marciano - Reloaded
In more related news, Action Bronson/Meyhem Lauren associate Roc Marciano will release his new album, Reloaded, on November 13 via Decon. The album was mostly self-produced, but also includes a few tracks produced by The Alchemist (whose album featured Roc, plus Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and many others), plus tracks produced by Q-Tip, Ray West, The Arch Druids, and guest spots from Ka and Knowledge Pirate. That's the cover art above (via HipHopDX), and you can check out tracklist and stream the tracks "76" and "I Shot The King" (from the deluxe edition) below. He's also in the process of shooting a video for "76."
All lists of dates, song streams and more are below.
photos by Ryan Muir
"A$AP Rocky came out of nowhere during the concert and Action Bronson dapped me up AND threw free dubs of sour to the crowd and we got one!" - @The_Gooz
Action Bronson / A$AP Rocky, MHOW 8/23/2012
While Duchess Says and The Blind Shake were playing Public Assembly Thursday night (8/23), next door at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the second free show in the new bi-monthly Converse Rubber Tracks series was going down with the newly VICE-signed Action Bronson, along with Meyhem Lauren, Flatbush Zombies, and Tanya Morgan. Members of the A$AP Mob joined Flatbush Zombies on stage for their set, and during the song "Bath Salts," crew leader A$AP Rocky showed up as a surprise guest like he did last month with Grimes, Pictureplane, and Araabmuzik. (He also indulged in a little crowd surfing.) Meanwhile, Action Bronson preferred to keep the stage on the less crowded side, though he did throw a ton of weed into the audience -- and got into the audience too.
For Meyhem Lauren's set, he was joined by guests Heems, Despot, Sean Price, and others. You can catch Meyhem Lauren and Heems again when they play Shea Stadium on September 21 with Smoke DZA, Children of the Night, and others.
A$AP Rocky's next scheduled NYC appearance is Roseland Ballroom on September 27 for his tour with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q.
More pictures and a video featuring clips of Flatbush Zombies with A$AP Mob and Action Bronson's set are below.
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Queens rapper Action Bronson, who has a few great mixtapes under his belt and quickly escalated to playing large venues recently announced via twitter that he's signed with Warner Bros imprint VICE Records, making him labelmates with Black Lips, OFF!, and others. He tweeted, "Vice/Warner Bros.is the label. I promise to never make candy cane bullshit music as long as I live!!!!!!!"
As mentioned, Action Bronson will play a free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 23 with Meyhem Lauren, Flatbush Zombies, and Tanya Morgan. Admission is first come, first served, but we're also giving away a pair of VIP tickets which guarantee you entry and get you into the VIP balcony, plus a $250 Converse gift card. Details on how to enter and the flier for this show are below.
Before that show, Action Bronson will be heading to Chicago for their Mad Decent Block Party. He didn't play the NYC party but his associate Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire did. Bronson will also be at the Holmdel, NJ stop for Rock the Bells when it hits PNC Bank Arts Center from September 1-2. He plays on the Sunday (9/2) along with sets by Nas, Deltron 3030 Curren$y, Cheif Keef, DJ Quik, and many others. Tickets for Rock the Bells NJ are still available. Check out the full schedule HERE.
Action Bronson recently contributed his vocals to UK producer Metabeats for the song, "Hookers," off his upcoming album, Caviar Crackle. Stream that song and check out a list of all upcoming dates, and the contest details and flier for the MHOW show below.
DOWNLOAD: Action Bronson - "Blackbird" (MP3)
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
As mentioned, Converse Rubber Tracks is presenting a bi-monthly series of free shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which kicked off in June with White Rabbits and We Barbarians. The next show is in this series happens at the Brooklyn venue on August 23 with Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren, and Tanya Morgan. Admission is first come, first served for the free show.
Action Bronson's other upcoming NYC area appearances include Rock the Bells at PNC Bank Arts Center (9/1-9/2) and he's also one of the many artists lined up for the Mad Decent Block Parties, though it hasn't yet been revealed which party (or parties) he'll play.
Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren are both featured on the new Alchemist album.
A list of all dates and a song stream of the recently released Action Bronson track, "Blackbird" (downloadable above), below...
Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.
While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:
"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.
In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.
Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Action Bronson at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Action Bronson shared a bill at Southpaw last night (2/9) with support from Soul Kahn and Kyle Rapps, and included special guest Illustrate. They were joined on stage by El-P, Despot, and Kool AD & Heems of Das Racist, who are all featured on eXquire's "Huzzah" remix (where was Danny Brown?!). Action Bronson has a show tonight in Austin, where he will return in March for SXSW.
Last night's show was one of the last at Southpaw, which is closing this month. Their website lists shows happening through February 19, including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and I Jah Bones TONIGHT (2/10). Tickets for tonight' show are available. There's also a huge show presented by iHeart Dilla taking place on February 15, billed as "One Song: A Forever Fresh Farewell to Southpaw," with Nitty Scott, Illustrate (who was a guest at last night's show), Warren Britt, Jesse Abraham, Top $ Raz, MC Eleven, Tanya Morgan, and many others. The flier for this show with all the performers listed is below.
Tons of hip hop shows on the way, from the classic to the new! First up, Curren$y will headline Irving Plaza on June 6th as part of a string of US dates that he has scheduled in May & June (dates are below). Tickets are currently on Live Nation presale, and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (4/6). Curren$y is currently preparing to release his new and entirely Alchemist-produced EP Covert Coup on April 20th and for FREE.
Raekwon will headline BB King's on April 17th, alongside Ultramagnetic MC's (billed as an exclusive reunion show, I assume that means that Kool Keith is on board much like at ATP New Jersey), MC Eiht, Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Chip Fu (Fu-Schnickens), Da Bushbabees, Tanya Morgan, Tony Touch, and many many more including "special invited VIP surprise guests" and the host D-Stroy (Arsonists). Tickets are on sale. The show takes place just four days before Raekwon will team with The Lox, EPMD, Brand Nubian, and Nice and Smooth as part of a Salute to Hip Hop at Best Buy Theater on April 13th. Tickets are still available.
Keith Murray will similarly team with a gang of 90's hip hop stars at Santos on April 14th. He'll be joined by Lords of the Underground, Group Home, Real Live, Nine, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and DJs Evil D, Eclipse, Kon & Amir, Ralph McDaniels, and many others. Tickets are still available.
Slick Rick is returning to BB King's, as he'll play the venue on May 29th. Tickets are still available.
Talib Kweli will play a FREE show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. Tons more Summerstage events (and undoubtedly a large number of hip hop ones) are also slated to be announced, we'll keep you informed. Kweli recently played SXSW and released Gutter Rainbows earlier this year.
And last but certainly not least, 9th Wonder and Phonte (aka 2/3 of Little Brother) will join Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg at 92Y Tribeca Wednesday (4/6) night as part of the Noisemakers series, where Rosenberg interviews his guests. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Wyatt Cenac & Donwill of Tanya Morgan @ Southpaw (more by Paul Birman)
After some time away so that Von Pea and Don Will could focus on solo ventures, Tanya Morgan have regrouped and are currently on a short tour with Big Pooh (ex-Little Brother, who have called it quits) and affiliates of his Hall of Justus stable. In addition to Tanya Morgan & Rapper Big Pooh, Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Jozeemo, Soul Khan, and MH The Verb will all be on board Wednesday (12/8), when the tour comes hits Public Assembly. $10 gets you in.
They will also still hit Boston, and are giving away a copy of the NBA2k11 video game at each show.
Donwill's Don Cusack in High Fidelity hit earlier this year, and Von Pea dropped his solo EP Pea's Gotta Have It! in late October. Pick up a copy via iTunes, and stream the whole thing, with some videos and all dates below....
"After announcing the closing of their New York and Los Angeles locations, Fat Beats is excited to present a send-off worthy of their hip-hop legacy. A week-long series of in-store performances and music industry panels at both stores will allow the music community to not only learn about the history of Fat Beats and what the future of the music industry holds, but to also celebrate the legacy of one of the strongest music brands in the company of their favorite artists. These week-long in-stores are sure to go down in hip-hop and New York history. Everyone is welcome to come and all events are free.The schedule for the New York location is as follows:
Today marks the official start of the week-long in-stores for the New York location. This location will host artist performances every day this week from 4-9pm until it closes its doors for the final time on Saturday, September 4th, 2010. Additionally, both locations will be selling limited edition commemorative t-shirts, as well as discounted music and merchandise"
DOWNLOAD: Donwill - "Laura's Song" EDIT (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Donwill - "I See You" Unmastered (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kooley High - "Solitude" feat. Median (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kooley High - "My Shadow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kooley High - Kooley Is High Mixtape (Zipped MP3)
Tanya Morgan at Audible Treats CMJ 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
Tanya Morgan will hit the road for the High Fidelity tour, a string of east coast dates with North Cackalacka's Kooley High which will include SOB's in NYC on 2/22 with P.So and YC The Cynic. Git yer tix. Full tour dates for that trek is below.
Though Tanya Morgan (as a collective) don't have any new material on deck, Donwill of Tanya Morgan does in the form of Don Cusack in High Fidelity due on March 23rd via Interdependent Media. Donwill's new LP is inspired by the Jon Cusack film High Fidelity (which in itself is an adaptation of the great Nick Hornby novel), and takes the concept all the way by employing performances from Opio (of Souls of Mischief) and Che Grand as Ian and Barry from the film respectively. (For those who don't remember the movie, Ian was "the new boyfriend" played by Tim Robbins and Barry is the wisecracking record store clerk played by Jack Black.) In the meantime, pick up the new Laura's Tape mixtape (starring Donwill as Don Cusack, Mixed by DJ Kingmost starring as DJ Rob Gordon) at BandCamp.com. Two tracks from the upcoming LP are above.
Kooley High recently dropped a few songs for free download including the great "Solitude" featuring Median of Justus League (donwload that above) and "My Shadow". Get them both above, as well as their 2009 mix hosted by K-Salaam entitled Kooley Is High.
Full Tanya Morgan/Kooley High dates, the track listing (which reads somewhat like the High Fidelity DVD chapter listing) and a few videos are below...
Justice @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Speaking of SOB's, Lord Finesse is celebrating a birthday there with "The Legendary Rakim" on February 18th. Tickets are on sale.
Tanya Morgan (a hip hop group that has nobody named Tanya in it) plays SOB's on February 22nd. Tickets are on sale.
Roxy Cottontail hosts a Dim Mak-presented show at Santos on February 11th "featuring Ninjasonik, Japanther, Fashen, Team Facelift, The Auctioneers, Jonny Famous, Gina Turner & (Not So) Secret European Guests". Dim Mak band The Willowz play Pianos (with Delta Spirit) the same night, but they are from California. Tickets are on sale. Oh, also I think the guest is a DJ or DJs...
Ed Banger will follow the Terminal 5 show with an afterparty at Webster Hall ("GIRLS&BOYS w/ED BANGER RECORDS AFTER PARTY , SEBASTIAN, SO-ME & More!"). Tickets are on sale. Flyer and new FAKE Justice track below...
words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman
Souls of Mischief
Congratulations and sincere thanks go out to all who attended the Brooklyn Vegan sponsored Audible Treats Showcase at Southpaw on 10/22. Filled with an action-packed lineup of independent hip hop, Heiro legends Souls of Mischief headlined the show that also included the ever energetic Tanya Morgan, the all-star Trinity, aggressive spitter Kam Moye, the laid back flow of Oddisee, D-Town representer Finale, Jern Eye, and Truthlive. Southpaw was positively brimming with intelligent rhymes and equally killer beats from the artists as well as the house DJ fo the evening, Keelay of Keelay & Zaire. Hosted by Che Grand and the hilarious Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), there was no such thing as downtime on 10/22.
Admittedly, the crowd took a while to warm up: West Coast MCs Truthlive and Jern Eye had to work hard to get onlookers involved in their brief opening sets. Jern Eye leaned on material from his newly issued sophomore CD, Vision (just out on MYX Music), a mature, confident effort. Detroit rapper Finale -who'd arrived from Motor City shortly before his performance, and announced he'd be heading back home directly after- ripped through a fiery set previewing material from his upcoming disc, A Pipe Dream and a Promise, as strong a debut as any we've heard this year.Roc Raida was also being honored over in Manhattan at BB King's on the same night. How was that show?
DJ Keelay kept the energy high between sets, and showcasing new material was a theme that extended throughout the evening: Washington, D.C.'s Oddisee... kicked off his set here with even newer material and welcomed Diamond District bandmate yU to the stage for a cameo. Then came Kam Moye, who declared he was representing for "grown-ass men," and Trinity, who presented an explosive set and flung almost as many T-shirts as syllables... Tanya Morgan was down a member -Ilyas, stuck at home in Cincinnati- but compensated with tons of attitude and energy, not to mention an oversize cadre of Lessondary cohorts. By the time Souls of Mischief took the stage with a mix of fresh tracks, deep cuts and repeated salutes to the late turntablist Roc Raida, the crowd was whipped up to an ideally receptive fever pitch. [Time Out]
More pictures and some videos from the Southpaw show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Wiz Kalifa - Flight School Mixtape (Yousendit, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "LaLaLa" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "Tour Stories" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Bang N Boogie" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: KRS-One & Buckshot - "Survival Skills" (MP3)
Saul Williams at Afropunk 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC invented HIP HOP, so CMJ would be nowhere if it didn't rep the art form to the fullest. Over five packed days, our fair city will be set ablaze by the likes of Raekwon, Saul Williams, Souls of Mischief, and a host of others, as well as smaller, buzzier names that you can look forward to name checking in the future. So with all these great events going down, we figured we'd make it easy for you with the BV Guide to Hip Hop at CMJ 2009!
Speaking of Souls of Mischief, we have A PAIR OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GIVEAWAY for that Audible Treats showcase that will feature them along side Tanya Morgan, Trinity, Finale and many more. Details on how to win those at the bottom of this post.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Bang N Boogie" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Never Enough" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" Keelay & Zaire Remix (MP3)
Tanya Morgan at BHHF (more here)
If it wasn't evident by their mixtape of the same name, then let it be known that Tanya Morgan Is A Rap Group. The conscious Cincy-Brooklyn trio, made up of MCs Donwill and Ilyas as well as MC/Producer Von Pea, recently dropped their concept album Brooklynatti on Interdependent Media (a bunch of samples above, get it here) and are hitting the road for a few select dates in the wake of their appearance at the Brooklyn Hip Hop festival. The first of those dates blasts off on Wed, July 8th, when the trio teams up with Torae & Marco Polo, Che Grand & The Brown Bag Allstars to tear down Southpaw. Tickets are still available, full tour dates are below.
Tanya Morgan recently completed a video for "So Damn Down". Check that out, as well as a live vid from BHHF, as well as their full tour shed, below...