Posts Tagged ‘Von Pea’

El Gant links up with the Brown Bag AllStars & Smif-n-Wessun for his new single, “Problems.”

El Gant feat. J57 & Tek (Prod. by J57)  Download “Problems” HERE


Brown Bag AllStar affiliate: YC the Cynic, is set to drop his new mixtape Fall FWD on 3.1.’11, here’s the final leak from the project.

YC the Cynic feat. Soul Khan, Von Pea (Tanya Morgan), Sene “More & More” (Prod. by J57)
Download “More & More” HERE


After releasing the two-part EP, Daylight/Nightlight, and “I Bet,” the Von Pea-, J. Freedome, and Xodus featuring first leak from the producer’s forthcoming self-titled debut, IMAKEMADBEATS is now treating fans with a full sampling of the album. The LP will be released on January 18th via Doxside Music Group and features the likes of Black Milk, Steele of Smif N Wessun, Planet Asia, Butta Verses and TzariZM, and more. The album sampler is a compilation of songs that puts IMAKEMADBEATS’ production skills on full display, showing off his far reaching diversity and depth of sound. With tracks ranging from hard hitting grit (“Heard Of Me,” “Spazz”) to emotionally charged (“What’s It Gonna Be”), the album maintains a level of soulfulness that has become a hallmark of all IMAKEMADBEATS work.

IMAKEMADBEATS’ self-titled debut will be available January 18th via Doxside Music Group.

Download IMAKEMADBEATS Album Sampler here:

Though Tanya Morgan members Von Pea and are currently taking the time to focus on their respective solo projects, this doesn’t stop their frequent collaborations. On this occasion, they are brought together by Focus… for the latest in his series of tracks paying homage to hip-hop greats. This song, specifically, is a tribute to Ali Shaheed, the much-revered A Tribe Called Quest producer and also features a verse from Chaundon of Hall of Justus, who is fresh off the release of his latest album, No Excuses, as well as his performance with the HOJ crew at the Audible Treats 2010 CMJ Showcase.

As for the origins of the track, it makes total sense that it features members of Tanya Morgan, as the group has worked with Ali Shaheed in the past. Becoming a part of the homage was simple and surprisingly quick, as Donwill explains. “Focus… does these homages, like, monthly and Von had put me on to ’em. After the RZA one dropped, I went to Twitter and said, ‘Somebody tell Focus… I want in.’ Within 2 re-Tweets he was following me and we had moved to Gmail.” Von Pea, Donwill, and Chaundon do a commendable job pulling off the A Tribe Called Quest vibe, and their contributions have led to another solid installment in Focus…’s series.

Listen to “Homage To Ali Shaheed” here:

With Von Pea‘s debut solo record, Pea’s Gotta Have It, dropping today and the Audible Treats CMJ Showcase with legendary fellow New Yorker Black Sheep on Thursday, it’s easy to see that Von’s living the “Good Life,” which is also his appropriately named newest single.

With a soulful beat reminiscent of J. Dilla, this chorus-less banger rides upon a catchy vintage sample that croons “Don’t give up the good life.” The Tanya Morgan emcee showcases his skillful delivery and lets his personality shine through on the whole track. Some of the lyrics come directly from the writings of the rapper’s high school journal and include sentiments that have taken on a different tone as time has passed. “The track is based on the idea that I’d be ‘the man’ by 22 and get the girls I wanted at the time (I decided to keep the real names of the girls from back then),” says Von. “These aspirations seem so silly looking back at them and knowing how serious I was.” Even if Von Pea’s priorities have changed, it’s safe to say that this same seriousness has carried over, only to musicianship.

Listen to “Good Life” here:

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Preview Pea’s Gotta Have It EP here:

Von Pea – “Boombox”

Posted: September 8, 2010 in hip hop
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Pea's Gotta Have It

Boombox” is the second single from Tanya Morgan producer/emcee Von Pea’s forthcoming debut solo effort, Pea’s Gotta Have It., a concept project themed around his high school days. While the production value and intelligent lyrics are still present, “Boombox” exudes more of a quiet, controlled energy than previous single “The Yorker.” “This song isn’t a lyrical exercise as much as it’s a vibe,” Pea explains. Producer Aeon sees to it that the track accomplishes Von Pea’s goal.

The rhymes in “Boombox,” for the most part, are not heavy, but the way Pea’s flow and the instrumental’s smooth bass-line and keys are complimentary of one another adds a complexity to the track. This isn’t to say that the song is without substance, though, as, in the third verse, the rapper delves into more serious subject matter when discussing his native Brooklyn. “It’s bleak / Don’t let the gentrifyin’ overshadow / Kids are dyin'” he laments. That Von Pea is able to create such a relaxed and enjoyable song and still inject elements of his own philosophy without overpowering the track’s mood is truly a testament to his ability as a solo artist.

Von Pea’s solo debut, Pea’s Gotta Have It will be available October 12th via Interdependent Media