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MP3: Von Pea - "Boombox"
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 2:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

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MP3: Von Pea - "Boombox"

Tanya Morgan's Von Pea Releases Second Single From Forthcoming Solo LP

The Song:

"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

Download to Von Pea's "Boombox" here: .

The Background:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Von Pea has been emceeing since 1991 and producing since 2000. Initially attracted to hip-hop by the likes of Another Bad Creation and many other young rappers that were near his own age, Von would eventually shift his interest to those who would become his strongest influences – A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Biggie. In 2002 Von Pea began an alliance with the original members of North Carolina rap group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder) which lead him to being featured on such projects as Phonte and Nicolay’s Foreign Exchange Connected album (“Von Sees”), and Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show (“Cheatin” interlude). In addition to his group’s music, Von has released acclaimed projects such as 2003’s“Custom Fitted, 2007’s Grand Vonye, and his late 2007 remix project American Angster which has been considered one of the best of the Jay Z remix albums. Von Pea is also a member of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Von Pea's latest solo album, Pea's Gotta Have it, will be released September 7th.

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