Beginning in 1993 with his debut single "Mo Like Flows On," Bay Area emcee Motion Man has been enlightening listeners with his one-of-a-kind lyrical style. Since then, he's co-starred on numerous Kool Keith albums, dropped the classic Masters of Illusion project with Keith & KutMasta Kurt, earned a platinum plaque for his work with Linkin Park, and released the excellent solo records Clearing The Field and Pablito's Way.
For his latest endeavor, he teams up with producers Unagi and Jethroe, for a concept album exploring the ins and outs of male-female relationships. Adult Situations covers all aspects of love, lust, courtship, seduction, and romance, with 12 tracks of freaky tales as only Motion Man can do it. Featuring guest appearances from Lyrical C and D'WYZE (of The B.U.M.S), plus remixes by KutMasta Kurt and TOMC3, it is relentlessly funky from start to finish.
Released by 442 Records and Culebra Cuts, it will be on all digital sites soon.
(September 13, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) To satisfy their growing international fan base, Tanya Morgan head back to Europe for the second time this year. The crew will be performing at the popular London club Plan B on September 17th and will be part of the 7th Annual Hipnotik Festival in Barcelona, Spain.
The Headphone Rock Tour is only the latest project in a long list of other major ventures the hip-hop group has undertaken this year. Tanya Morgan member Von Pea will be releasing his highly anticipated solo album Pea's Gotta Have It on October 12, 2010, just in time for the annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase in New York City. Pea's Gotta Have It, a concept album inspired by Von's experience growing up in Brooklyn, demonstrates his ability to engage listeners with lyrics that paint a story with savvy ingenuity and wit. This and The Sandwich Shop, Von Pea and Donwill's highly praised brainchild that blends The Roots' soul/funk infused arrangements with Tanya Morgan' s signature cleverly fashioned lyrics, validates why this crew has been credited with producing some of the most brilliant and artistic hip-hop music being created today.
Recently, Tanya Morgan received major press coverage in New York Magazine's coveted Vulture blog and was featured in XXL Magazine as one of "Five Groups Leading Hip-Hop Into Its New Decade" alongside The Cool Kids, The Knux, Kidz in the Hall, and U-N-I. They have headlined highly successful tours that have taken them all over North America and Europe, and have opened for hip-hop luminaries De La Soul, The Roots, Ghostface Killah, J. Cole, Black Sheep, Souls of Mischief, and Wale. Most recently, video game developer 2KSports created individual Tanya Morgan characters for one of the highest rated and best selling NBA videogame series, NBA 2k11.
Don't miss your chance to catch Tanya Morgan live on their Headphone Rock Tour in these cultural hubs.
Friday Sept 17th @ Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AY (Brixton Tube) Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
Monday Sept 27th - Philadelphia, PA - Von Pea opening for Pac Div at Johnny Brenda's Wednesday Sept 29th - NYC - Von Pea opening for Pac Div at SOB's Saturday Oct 16th - Charlotte, NC - Tanya Morgan opening for Pete Rock & CL Smooth at Amos Southend Wednesday Oct 20th - NYC - PGHI Release/Tanya Morgan CMJ Showcase with One Be Lo, Large Progessor and Grillade at Southpaw Thursday Oct 21st - NYC - Von Pea for Audible Treats CMJ Showcase at Sullivan Hall Saturday Nov 13th - Austin, TX - Tanya Morgan for Oxblood Festival
Revered lyricist and New Jersey Hip-Hop veteran, El Da Sensei, has aligned himself once again with Polish production team, The Returners for the second chapter of their Global Takeover series, GT2: Nu World. The fifteen-track opus will be available on October 12th through New York label Coalmine Records.
After the unanimously positive response to the 2008 project Global Takeover: The Beginning, the trio consisting of founding member of the Artifacts El Da Sensei, Lil and DJ Chwial felt a continuation of the series was inevitable. Showcasing the talents of this musical combination from a lyrical and production standpoint, GT2: Nu World allows us to reminisce over the fundamentals of true Hip-Hop sounds, while displaying the growth of each component individually.
The lead off single from the album ‘Knowledge be the Key’, featured Rakaa Irisciene of Dilated Peoples and has received a positive response from tastemakers, DJs and online. The songs dirty loops, scratch hooks and abundance of witty metaphors indicating what the remainder of the album holds in store.
"In today's climate of music, GT2 is a very important album that lives up to the title by demonstrating how globalized hip-hop has become as a culture. The Returners and I made this record for all those who wish to be taken away for an hour and just reconnect with the vibe of what good hip-hop is all about,” explains El Da Sensei.
“We worked very hard molding a sound and seeking out the most suitable features to please our fans and really make this album stand out from the first Global Takeover...and I think we succeeded at that,’ he concludes.
GT2: Nu World sees a supporting cast made up of Treach (Naughty By Nature), Rakaa Irisciene (Dilated Peoples), Sean Price, Akrobatik, Bekay, John Robinson, Reks & Tiye Phoenix join El Da Sensei and the Returners on this ground breaking project.
With the bulk of production being handled by Lil and DJ Chwial, Australian producer M-Phazes takes on the role of guest producer. His remix of the song ‘2 the Death’, which is accompanied with the unique vocals of Brooklyn songstress Mela Machinko following the consistent commitment to Hip-Hop ever present throughout the album.
Hailed as being as ‘progressive as it is classic’ the release of GT2: Nu World will coincide with an extensive tour in the US and Europe. In addition to the various global dates, El Da Sensei will be carrying out an intensive radio campaign nationwide which will help convey the message they are delivering with GT2: Nu World.
1. We R Back 2. Goin To War feat. Treach 3. On the Street feat. Sean Price and Bekay 4. Nu World 5. Blow Up 6. 2 the Death 7. Knowledge be the Key feat. Rakka Iriscienc 8. Pain 9. Toxic Words feat. John Robinson & Reks 10. Live Noize feat. Akrobatik 11. Good Time 12. Right Move [No Mistakes] feat. Tiye Phoenix 13. They Don’t Know 14. Can’t You See? 15. 2 the Death feat. Mela Machinko (M-Phazes Remix)
Announcing New Shadow Songs, Available At No-Cost for 24 Hours
Previously available only on extremely limited vinyl and dodgy MP3's recorded from radio broadcasts, you can now download Shadow's two celebrated new tracks: "Def Surrounds Us," and "I've Been Trying," at no-cost (offer available for 24 hours). DJShadow.com is the ONLY SITE IN THE WORLD to have Shadow's brand new music, taken from an album to be released next year...but don't delay, because they're only available at no-cost for 24 hours. After that, it's back to our old-school, money-grubbing, art-in-exchange-for-commerce ways. Sound fair? GO GET 'EM!
DJ Shadow Endtroducing Panoramic Cover Posters are NOW SHIPPING!
This panoramic poster features the full-length Endtroducing photo taken by B+ in 1996. The photo was used for the cover of DJ Shadow's debut, critically acclaimed album. The poster is printed with 4 color process (CMYK), on 63# White Endeavour Velvet Cover 50/25 paper, making for a high quality, durable print. The panoramic print measures approximately 38"-15" (Width X Height).
MP3: Q6 feat. Kevin Cossom - "Something To Talk About"
Q6 is the C.E.O. of 1090 Blokk Boyz and his own label Q6 ENT. "Something To Talk About" is the new single off Q6's third mixtape entitled "Made" which includes features from Baby Boi, DeeBoi, Mojo, Diggy, and Keezy, all of whom are members of the 1090 Blokk Boyz. "Something To Talk About" features grammy award winning songwriter and artist Kevin Cossom, who is signed to Jive records.
Sorry I'm Late (YZ) Breath of Fresh Air (YZ) Yesterday ft. Joell Ortiz & Meylin (YZ) She Loves Me...Not ft. Drew Hudson (Dub B) Nobody's Somebody ft. Nottz (88-Keys & Nottz) All I Got to Give ft. Marsha Ambrosius (YZ) Paint the World ft. PackFM (YZ) She & H.E.R. (Needlz) 9:57 Interlude (YZ) Suicide ediciuS (Needlz) One Day in Heaven ft. Skyzoo & Jaiden (YZ) Stars ft. Nicholas Howard (Needlz & YZ)
BONUS: Devil's Eye ft. Ill Bill & Juganot (YZ) Up There with You ft. Sha Stimuli, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall & Wayna (YZ)