“Daydreams” is the second single off of Green Street’s critically acclaimed album, Endless Summer. Produced by the in-house team of Renaissance and Ken Ross, it also features veteran emcee Donwill of Tanya Morgan. The song serves as a testament to the power of dreams, and encourages listeners to be open to go where their mind takes them. Artwork is included as an attachment & designed by The Brooklyn Good Guys.
The timeless phrase “breaking up is hard to do” is the basis for Donwill’s newest video for his song, “Can’t Shake It Easy.” The fourth visual to come from the Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based MC from Tanya Morgan stays true to the concept of his debut solo album, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, which is Donwill’s musical interpretation of the cult classic film, High Fidelity. “The album is based on being in a state of perpetual pre-mid-life crisis,” says Donwill. “Nothing in life will give you all the answers, but this album will help people find some of the answers they might be looking for.”
Donwill explores the personal turmoil and regret of breaking up with his video for “Can’t Shake It Easy.” Following the release of his optimistic video for “Breathe,” he enlisted the talents of Queens-based 5846 Productions to capture what a lonely guy does after leaving his girl. With the chorus questioning “Tell me what I need to take/ Cause maybe I need a drink, or two,” Donwill is seen tossing back shots and gulping down Buds to try and numb the pain. But as he realizes in the video, sometimes burning all the depressing memories in an alley way is the only way to cope.
The song that started it all. In March 2010, Donwill released his debut solo album, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, a concept project themed around the cult classic film High Fidelity. Following the release, Donwill created this remix, which ended up in the hands of DJ Eleven, who early last month released an entire Love Junkie EP, featuring a variety of remixes and renditions on the original single. “When I heard the remix Donwill did with Wallpaper, I was sold,” explains Eleven. And now, following last month’s So Shifty Remix of the “Love Junkie” single, Donwill, DJ Eleven, and 11 Inch Records are excited to release this remix for fans.
This track, which debuted this week at number 33 on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart, features The Park and Wallpaper. While the So Shifty remix resonated with the heavy bass and beating drums of dubstep, this new remix once again comes complete with an entirely new feel; a pulsing, four-to-the-floor drum line and an infectious guitar vamp, courtesy of Wallpaper’s production work and the live sounds of The Park, offers the listener a more soulful take. Wallpaper, serving double duty as producer and singer for the track, laces the song with a catchy hook: “I’m addicted to your touch / When you’re near me I lose control / And we ain’t never met / Baby I need you tonight / I’m addicted to the feeling / But somehow end up empty inside / And I can’t find the love…” While these two 11 Inch Records remixes of “Love Junkie” have offered fans with contrasting makeovers and refurbished vibe, the one constant remains Donwill, as he raps, “A well done fling is a beautiful thing.”
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Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.” It’s not that hard of a concept. But for Donwill, these acts take on a much bigger role in his new single, “Breathe,” off of Donwill’s concept album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity. The Cincinnatian turned Brooklynite released his debut solo album a little over a year ago, and continues to embrace the infamously heartbroken Rob Gordon character from the cult classic film High Fidelity. He has also been touring with his group, Tanya Morgan, who were recently highlighted on the cover of Billboard and will be performing a number of times this week at SXSW.
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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 byFocus… 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 Questproducer 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 theAudible 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.
Since the release of their 2009 sophomore album Brooklynati, the hip-hop crew Tanya Morgan has been delivering stellar shows to fans throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. They now set off on August 20th on their second tour of the summer season to impart their musical genius to audiences in major cities throughout the Wild West. They will be blazing through Texas, New Mexico, California, and the State of Washington. Tanya Morgan will also be hitting the international stage once again, making hot-stops throughout the European cities of Ipswich, Birmingham, London, and Barcelona.
Along with this latest tour, the crew has been forging other major side projects that have set fans’ decks on fire. Donwill’s debut solo album Don Cusack In High Fidelity, released earlier this year, and “The Sandwich Shop” by Donwill and Von Pea, have been wildly regarded as some of the highest quality music being released today. After the release of his mixtape, So Motivational: The Most Skullduggery Of Mixtapes, fans and critics alike now await the much anticipated September release of Von Pea’s solo album Pea’s Gotta Have It.
Tanya Morgan isn’t stopping there. The crew is now officially part of the latest installment in the best selling, and highest rated NBA videogame series NBA 2k11. In NBA 2k11, gamers will actually be able to play with the characters that represent members of Tanya Morgan in the video game. This is especially noteworthy because this marks the first time Michael Jordan allows his image to be used on the cover and only one of a very few times in a video game.
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