CHARLIE TRAVELER & ASHEVILLE MUSIC HALL PRESENT: Tanya Morgan & Rapper Big Pooh(of Little Brother) w/ Colston n' Friends + Free The Optimus, Big Dave, Noctuo and DJ Jet - [hip hop]
WHERE: Asheville Music Hall
WHEN: Saturday March 8
COVER: $8adv. / $12d.o.s.
GENRE: Hip Hop
EVENT LISTING: http://ashevillemusichall.com/music-schedule
Tanya Morgan is a rap group. More than that, they're a great rap group as evidenced by the acclaim they've received from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career. "Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul -- soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package," says SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron.
Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Tanya Morgan formed on the message boards of Okayplayer.com in 2003 when Donwill, Ilyas Nashid and Von Pea were all solo artists trading demos and beat tapes. The three MCs decided to collaborate for a one-off project and settled on the name Tanya Morgan - an inside joke to trick hip-hop crate-diggers and sample-searchers into thinking the record was an old-school soul singer. After their debut album, Moonlighting, was endorsed by the likes of ?uestlove in 2006 and was received enthusiastically by fans, Tanya Morgan decided to keep working together and keep the name. In the wake of Moonlighting's critical success, the group released its follow-up, 2009's Brooklynati which saw the group reach more fans and beguile more journalists as it was widely regarded as one of the year's best hip hop albums.
Since Brooklynati, the group has reformed with Ilyas moving on to focus on his solo material and video production while Von Pea and Donwill continue to tour as Tanya Morgan, supporting the group's classic material as well as the members' first solo releases: Donwill's Don Cusack In High Fidelity and Von Pea's Pea's Gotta Have It, both released in 2010.
September 24, 2013 marked the release of their third album, Rubber Souls, produced by 6th Sense (B.o.B., Outasight, Talib Kweli, Mickey Factz, Homeboy Sandman, The Lonely Island, etc.). Having recorded the whole project together (as opposed to individually as they have in the past), handing the production reins to an outsider, and adding a stable of musicians with whom to collaborate, Tanya Morgan shook up the entire recording process with Rubber Souls. "This album shows us stepping out of our comfort zone to great results," explains Von Pea. "[I]t brought out a new type of chemistry in our music." Instrumentally ambitious, Rubber Souls is about expansion.
Challenging both artists and musicians, producer 6th Sense gives his interpretation of the Tanya Morgan sound - "[t]he result in an album that will satisfy long time fans and shock non-believers," adds Donwill.
SEE a video: http://youtu.be/Wy8URpUFWeE
RAPPER BIG POOH:
Rapper Big Pooh is not a perfectionist about many things in life. But his music is something else entirely. For close to ten years, Pooh has been on a quest for perfection, driven by a determination to outdo himself at every turn and to exceed every critic's expectations. Yet, as arrogant a pursuit as this may seem, it comes from a place of absolute humility.
In the early 2000s, when Pooh and fellow North Carolina Central University students 9th Wonder and Phonte came together as the critically acclaimed group Little Brother, Pooh had never considered a career as an artist. Sure, music had been a part of his life as long as he could remember. And by the time he was in high school, he had evolved from finding peace in the music of others to wanting to create his own, even flexing his early lyrical muscle as a poet. But a career in music had never really entered his mind. And then it happened. And, while there were some growing pains and dues to pay, Pooh will admit that Little Brother's success came much more easily than he would have imagined. The group's nostalgic feel and easy connection to Hip-Hop's "golden age" made them instant fan favorites. For Pooh, who had much less experience in music than his groupmates, it became the best form of on-the-job training. Rather than to be deterred by some of the early criticism he received following the release of the group's debut album The Listening, Pooh took the opportunity to examine what he had contributed to the music and take it back to the lab. It became a routine for him: to constantly write and record music as no more than conditioning and training. By the time Little Brother landed their major label deal with Atlantic Records and released their sophomore album The Minstrel Show, Pooh's solo debut Sleepers was born. Little Brother went on to release one more group album, Getback, in 2007 before they disbanded for good. Pooh's sophomore album Dirty Pretty Things would come almost four years and two more solo projects later than Pooh expected.
In the year since the release of Dirty Pretty Things, Rapper Big Pooh has been solidifying his brand. While working on the second installment of his Fat Boy Fresh, which he started in 2011, Pooh also released Sleepers: The Narcoleptic EP, a collection of previously unreleased songs from the sessions that created his solo debut. Pooh has also partnered with his DJ, DJ Skillz, to create "Return Of Fresh," a serial nightlife experience that provides a pre-2002 soundtrack to lovers of dance and music. "Being a fan of my music is suggestive," says Pooh explaining his approach to personal branding. "But respect is undeniable. That's why it's important for me to connect to people beyond the music. Because at when it's all said and done, you will walk away from me knowing that my work ethic is unmatched. And you can't help but to respect that."
Rapper Big Pooh has worked with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne amongst others.
SEE a video: http://youtu.be/9VhDIbs0eyU
THIS SHOW IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHARLIE TRAVELER PRESENTS
Asheville Music Hall (View)
31 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|