Taking a break from a crazy week at SXSW, Von Pea linked up with fellow Tanya Morgan emcee Donwill as they recreated "Ian's Song," a track featured on Donwill's recently released solo effort, Don Cusack In High Fidelity. As one third of acclaimed Tanya Morgan, the producer/rapper has close ties to Donwill and his recent release. In the video, Von Pea remakes the beat live using Native Instrument's Maschine midi controller while Donwill handles the vocals as he and Von lightheartedly recant the song's verses track alongside input from Interdependent Media General Manager and A&R Dominic Del Bene.
Von Pea's solo album, Pea's Gotta Have It, drops this summer via Interdependent Media
Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Donwill formed Tanya Morgan in 2003, they have received high praise from media elites such as Spin, The Source, XXL Magazine and a resounding seal of approval from the blogosphere. Considered by many to be our generation's torchbearers for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Tanya Morgan will once again put their skills on display with the unique hip-hop Americana sounds of their Brooklynati album this spring. Based on the fictitious city of Brooklynati, this release pushes the boundaries of a concept album by incorporating not only lyrical imagery but also cultivating a culture and mindset, which can be experienced through the City of Brooklynati Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.brooklynati.com/home.html. The sites, sounds, memories, and events of Brooklynati were unleashed via Bay-Area based record label Interdependent Media, the architects behind the funding and development of Brooklynati. Wanderlusts can feed their souls at http://www.Brooklynati.com
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2009, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Finale, Canibus, K'naan, Truthlive, and Tanya Morgan. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com
With over seven million albums sold, Scarface returns with his latest release Dopeman Music, a tribute to the streets. This is number twelve for the legendary Houston lyricist who had previously declared 2008’s Emeritus his final album.
With a career that started in the 90's, the former Geto Boy has worked with everyone from 2-Pac to Jay-Z to Miri Ben-Ari and has gained unmatched respect amongst his peers, as he has been dubbed The Godfather of the South. Dopeman Music is due out May 4th on Scarface’s own Facemob Music label, distributed by Deep Distribution Worldwide.
Scarface shed some light on the new album in a video piece, posted recently on MTV.com.
"I feel that I need to move on to another stage with the way I deliver my music to the public. I got a lot of sh*! and I'm using about 3 percent of what I know about music. I'm not using it all. I'm music. I can play that sh*! long enough for a real musician to catch it and feel me, where I'm going, and we make magic like that."
It’s officially spring, so your kick game better be on point. Benjamin Hooks knows a thing or two about sneakers, he’s a featured artist on the Know You Got SOLE soundtrack, and he’s leading off my Season of Sole series here at Adam’s World. Season of Sole is a monthlong co-promotion with Ope Entertainment where all throughout April I’ll be featuring artists from the Ope Ent. project, Know You Got SOLE, as Artists Of The Week. The album has three previous Artists Of The Week on it in Substantial, Fresh Daily and Loj, so you already know the caliber of the talent is high.
This brings us to Benjamin Hooks, who was actually the first artist signed to Ope Entertainment, way back in 1996. Credited with discovering Pack FM, Benjamin Hooks had an album ready to go in 2002, but it was completed just a little too late for him, as at that point he was ready to leave music, which he did. Know You Got SOLE brought him out of retirement and relit the fire in him.
This week I caught up with Benjamin Hooks to find out about the ups and downs of the game, how and when he discovered Pack FM, and how Q-Tip stopped him from buying a pair of Jordans.
Check out the new ScholarMan video for "Hopes & Dreams," a track from his 2010 album Free Spirit of a Troubled Soul b/w "So Origi-NOW," a new track produced by Lagbara that will be on a new ScholarMan mixtape coming this Spring. This video features the lovely Karmia Berry and North Carolina producer Lagbara. It is directed by Marques Green of Que Films.
For those new to ScholarMan, he is a Maryland based hip-hop artist and producer known for socially conscious and soulful music. For more information about ScholarMan or to contact us please visit www.scholarman.com or www.soganimusic.com
I just wanted to make sure I let you guys hear one of the latest songs from two very talented artists from Columbus, Oh. This track is called "Church!"by Trek Manifest feat J Osceola, produced by Rare Komm Beats, and it's definitely worth the listen. Hit us back on the Team Osceola twitter page @TeamOsceola and let us know what you think!
In keeping with my "less is more often" theory for these updates I have two quick announcements to make...
--== NEW SONG ON THE FUMP ==-- Yesterday I posted a new song called Disclaimer to The FuMP. This song is my submission to the 2010 This Week In Science fund raiser CD. If you're not a TWIS listener you may not fully appreciate it, but hopefully you'll enjoy it regardless.
--== RETURNING TO NERDAPALOOZA ==-- Yes! For the third year in a row I will be jaunting down to Orlando Florida to perform at the biggest gathering of nerds that I know of. Nerdapalooza is taking place June 26th and 27th. It's basically a two day party with nerdy music throughout.
Also performing are The Great Luke Ski, Worm Quartet, MC Frontalot, Schaffer The Darklord, MegaRan, Krondor Krew, Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew, and many, many more yet to be announced.
[G.O.O.D. Music Alumni Consequence, who's also known as the unofficial member of A Tribe Called Quest, is on his cable vibe right now. It's due to his new free mixtape "Movies on Demand," which co-stars Asher Roth, Common, Rick Ross, Pharoahe Monch, Styles P, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and more. It's defintely worth a download and a listen with a bag of popcorn in hand.]
[Either I've been sleeping or this is the debut mixtape of T-Dot emcee JD Era. Falling straight from the same Maple Leaf that's been repped by Drake and Kardinal Offishall, this Candadian is looking forward to making it big in the hip-hop world. And I predict it may be so with this bangin' mixtape right here. Check it out!]
[So famed mixtape DJ Mick Boogie is having a tour in Asia, so he decide to create this mixtape full of selections of his past works to introduce to worldwide audiences. Numerous of Boogie's mixtape, such as De La Soul mixtape tribute "Le Da Soul" and Peter Bjorn and John remix mixtape "Re: Living Things," appears on "The Changemakers." The numbers of dope hip-hop artists and producers are too many for me to list in this bracket alone. Just check it out!]
[The Roots keeps the legacy of the late James Yancey alive by covering Dilla joints. Basically, if you know hip-hop, you don't even have to read this sentence and the cover itself should convince you to download. THis one is for Dilla.]
That's it for the "April Showers Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at email@example.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Filmore District's emcee on-the-rise DaVinci drops a brand new exclusive non-album track, titled "Gettin' Money In My Sleep", produced by Big D of D'Naje Entertainment. Included on a brand new RockTheDub.com compilation project, the track is an embodiment of DaVinci's methods and message - powerful lyrics flow smoothly over the refined yet raw production, while the emcee rhymes about the importance of working hard, earning respect and, ultimately, making money. As the emcee continues to make waves in the hip-hop world, it's clear DaVinci isn't slowing down anytime soon.
The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still is availbale now via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.