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MP3: Focus... - "Homage To Ali Shaheed" feat. Von Pea, Donwill & Chaundon
Tribute To Ali Shaheed Is Latest In Series By Focus...
Though Tanya Morgan members Von Pea and Donwill 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: http://media.audibletreats.com/Focus-Homage_To_Ali_Shaheed_Ft_Von_Pea_Donwill_And_Chaundon.mp3 .
In other news, Von Pea will be appearing at the newest B.L.A.P. presented by !llmind. The night is celebrating Pea's Gotta Have It, Von's latest release, and will also feature producer Aeon and other special guests. Get more information here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109444989122675 .
Listen to the Pea's Gotta Have It EP here: http://vonpea.bandcamp.com/album/peas-gotta-have-it .
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 October 19th.
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