MP3/Album: Tanya Morgan – “The Only One”

New Single From Rap Group Features Multiple Guests and Production By 6th Sense; Rubber Souls Album Drops Today


Tanya Morgan - The Only One Single Cover
Critical Praise for Tanya Morgan:

“The Brooklyn-and-Cincinnati-bred trio have climbed to the pinnacle of alt-rap’s perpetually fluctuating landscape.” – Boston Phoenix

“Tanya Morgan have created a musical landscape that captures the feeling of a living, breathing city, and if given enough time, they just might be able to create their own world. You’ve been warned. Act accordingly.” – DJBooth

“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

“Tanya Morgan is bolder and braver than forbearers like Black Star and Slum Village.”  – VIBE

The Song/Album:

Rap group Tanya Morgan have teamed up with producer 6th Sense for their new album Rubber Souls, which drops today. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the new single from the album, “The Only One,” which features Tiara Wiles, Mike Maven, Spree Wilson, and Rocki Evans of CharlieRED. Donwill of Tanya Morgan says the message of the song is that “you’ve gotta use fear as fuel. Getting uncomfortable helps you learn who you really are.” Von Pea adds, “the song was inspired by those days when you want to stay in bed and say ‘to hell with it all,’ but you get yourself up and handle your business.”

The duo has also released a trailer for the album, featuring some behind the scenes in-studio footage as well as a preview of new material. Rubber Souls is available now for purchase, and Tanya Morgan will be performing tracks from their new album at the Apple Store Soho in New York City on September 26th at 8pm.

Listen to the song here:

Check out the Brooklyn Vegan premiere:

Check out the album trailer here:

For more information on the Apple Store performance:

Purchase the album on iTunes:

AccessHipHop (CD):

Fat Beats (CD):

Deluxe version includes CD, t-shirt, Rubber Souls rubber band bracelet and Rubber Souls rubber (read: condom. GET IT?!!):

Tanya Morgan Background:

Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Tanya Morgan formed on a message board 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 and received enthusiastically by fans, the group released its follow-up, 2009’s Brooklynati – widely regarded as one of the year’s best hip hop releases. September 24, 2013 will mark the release of their third album, Rubber Souls, produced by 6th Sense. 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. “The result in an album that will satisfy long time fans and shock non-believers,” adds Donwill.


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“The Only One”:

“Never Too Much” feat. Nitty Scott, MC:

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