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Critical Praise for Tanya Morgan:

"Tanya Morgan's sophomore album, Brooklynati, is their most accomplished to date, a milestone moment for their already contagiously soulful sound." - XXL - Chairman's Choice

4 Stars - Time Out NY

"Tanya Morgan is bolder and braver than forbearers like Black Star and Slum Village... an expansive tour de force" -

"Brooklynati is one of those albums that further proves the fact that hip-hop is not, and will never be, dead." -

"Tanya Morgan has the best album of the year. And it's going to be totally ingored. And hip-hop "journalists" should be ashamed of themselves." - Odell Hall, Owner/Editor In Chief, Editor

"Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul-- soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package." - SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron

The Song & Video:

During the golden years of hip-hop, no group was more appreciated on their home turf than Brooklynati's own Hardcore Gentlemen. The trifecta of gangster Rapz Kaotic, dealer Reefer Sutherland, and OG Killah Silk was unparalleled. This was the heyday of the label, however, and major success doomed the group, who went from corner store legends to one-hit wonders in just a couple years. After this platinum single and the LP Rugged & Smooth (DJ Jurx Records, 1994) hit gold status, success dried up for the Gentlemen, as the follow-up "Brush Ya Teef Wit It" was quickly dismissed.

This, however, is the original 1994 joint resurfaced; the self-titled "Hardcore Gentlemen" single. Described as, "one minute and foty-fo seconds of the best straight-from-the-street hip-hop," by the original owner of Brooklynati's Village Lounge, the single defined the group and put Brooklynati on the map. This set the stage for rappers of the future, most notably Brooklynati revivalists Tanya Morgan, whose latest release, the aptly-titled Brooklynati, has brought hip-hop back to the city. From Reefer's polished squawk to Silk's dirty beat, "Hardcore Gentlemen" will serve as the "Things Done Changed" of Brooklynati for years to come.


So where are they now? In May of 2009, Hardcore Gentlemen attempted to do a 15-year anniversary show celebrating their classic and only single. The plan was to headline a show at Humphrey Lefty's (a concert hall in their own hometown) and to perform their hit 15 times in a row. Tragically, during the 5th performance of "Hardcore Gentlemen" the group became entangled in a fight on stage, resulting in a drawn firearm by one of their hypemen. Shots were fired, and while nobody was hurt, two of the group's three members (Rapz Kaotic and Reefer Sutherland) were arrested and are currently facing charges for concealing a weapon and endangering minors.

Tanya Morgan Tour Details:

9/3 @ Chicago, Subterranean
This show also available live online at:

Guest List RSVP:

Remember to enter the Tanya Morgan Remix Contest here:
Also, please note the new Tanya Morgan Facebook & Twitter links listed below.

Don't forget to swing over to the Brooklynati DMV and register for your very own Brooklynati Drivers License! Make sure to hold onto the license. Tany Morgan's MySpace friends who add their Brooklynati license as their profile picture will be added to Tanya Morgan's top friend list. The license also entitles you to some goodies down the road!

Brooklynati is one of the Top Ten best selling hip-hop albums on iTunes! Please post buy links if you can!

Listen to the first single, "So Damn Down" -

Get your virtual tour of Brooklynati here:

The Background:

Tanya Morgan is back with their third project, Brooklynati, following the success of Moonlighting and The Bridge. Since Von Pea, Ilyas, and Don Will 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: 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

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

Tanya Morgan are available for in-person and phone interviews. Web editors contact Dan for interview requests. Print editors contact Michelle.

Map of Brooklynati:

"Hardcore Gentlemen"

Tanya Morgan Interview On WNYC's Soundcheck

Tanya Morgan Interview

Tanya Morgan Remix Contest

Tanya Morgan's Vimby Video

Tanya Morgan's Daily Show Clip

"So Damn Down" (Keelay & Zaire Remix)

"So Damn Down" Live @ Fat Beats

"The Drop" - DJ Freestyle

Meet the Citizens of Broolynati Video

"So Damn Down"

"Bang & Boogie"

Tour of Brooklynati Video

What Is Brooklynati? Video

Fat Beats In Store Video

Distortion2Static Interview

VICE Interview

Donwill - "Laura's Song"

"Never Enough"

Brooklynati Mega Mix by DJKing Most

Move To Brooklynati Video

The Story Behind Brooklynati Video

"Morgan Blu" feat. Blu

Drake feat. Tanya Morgan - "Right To Left"

Virtual Tour of Brooklynati

Brooklynati SXSW Perforamance

"Laura's Song"

Bio, pictures, and streams available here:

Brooklynati Chamber Of Commerce:




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