Brooklyn, NY (June 19, 2008) Tanya Morgan joins the ranks of legendary hip-hop collective The Hieroglyphics this summer as part of their Freshly Dipped Tour. Tanya Morgan members Donwill, Ilyas, and Von Pea, who put out the critically acclaimed Moonlighting in 2006 and who are promoting their EP The Bridge, are preparing to hit the road again to perform not only some of their past hits but also new tracks for the first time.
The Freshly Dipped Tour is a 45 date, three month-long expo of cutting edge music and fashion from the Hiero crew. Featuring fresh music from up and comers and classics from Hiero’s stable of artists, the tour will provide a welcoming environment for Tanya Morgan to once again bring their live show to the masses. The tour will also feature members of The Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, and Domino, along with extended members Prince Ali, Musab, Knobody, and Blue Scholars.
Tanya Morgan’s debut full-length album, Moonlighting, built an underground buzz after receiving kudos from both critics and their peers. Moonlighting made ?uestlove’s list of Top 10 albums of 2006, received praise in XXL’s Chairman’s Choice and got a 3.5 mic rating from The Source. Tanya Morgan will be touring in support of The Bridge EP, as well as finishing their second full-length album, Brooklynati, which will be released in the fall.
Dates (first 29 dates are listed here, last 15 will be announced shortly):
Fri-Jul-11 Pomona, CA Glasshous
Sat-Jul-12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Sun-Jul-13 San Diego, CA Belly Up
Tue-Jul-15 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
Wed-Jul-16 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum
Thu-Jul-17 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine
Fri-Jul-18 Dallas, TX Granada
Sat-Jul-19 Austin, TX Emo’s
Sun-Jul-20 New Orleans, LA Parrish
Tue-Jul-22 Orlando, FL Social-Late Show
Wed-Jul-23 Atlanta, GA Masq
Thu-Jul-24 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Fri-Jul-25 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Sat-Jul-26 Wilmington, NC Soapbox
Sun-Jul-27 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin Out
Tue-Jul-29 Baltimore, MD Bedrock
Wed-Jul-30 West Chester, PA The Note
Thu-Jul-31 New York City, NY Highline
Sun-Aug-03 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Tue-Aug-05 Ottawa, ON Babylon
Wed-Aug-06 Toronto, ON Mod Club
Thu-Aug-07 London, ON The Salt Lounge
Fri-Aug-08 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Sat-Aug-09 Columbus, OH Skullys
Sun-Aug-10 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
Tue-Aug-12 Madison, WI High Noon
Wed-Aug-13 Minneapolis First Ave-Early Show
Thu-Aug-14 Omaha Waiting Room
Fri-Aug-15 Boulder Fox
Sat-Aug-16 Salt Lake City Urban Lounge
Tanya Morgan – “Be You” featuring Czelena
A bona fide summer jam, Tanya Morgan’s “Be You” glazes a feel good, 70s- TV-theme-esque beat with a thick layer of sweet and tangy lyricism. With lengthy, rapid-fire rhymes like “Now you can be a disser / but I see the bigger picture / and you aren’t in the frame / like my dark skinned sisters,” Tanya Morgan satisfies the local revolutionary and even the pretentious poet.
In 2003, Brooklyn resident Von Pea teamed up with Cincinnati’s Donwill and Ilyas to form Tanya Morgan. Three years later, the group’s Moonlighting LP took the rap world by storm, receiving a 3.5 mic rating from The Source and high praise in XXL’s Chairman’s Choice column. Donwill describes the group’s uniqueness and appeal: “Instead of jam-packing our releases with different producers and guest emcees for attention, we carefully choose who we work with because we make it a priority to cultivate our own sound and identity. We look to groups like Eric B and Rakim, who honed their own sound and rarely collaborated with other artists.” After a brief hiatus from center stage, the crew is back in 2008 seeking the hip-hop triple crown: the release of a mixtape, EP, and LP, all in the same year. Tonya Morgan has performed with Ghostface Killah and has had videos featured on multiple MTV channels. The Bridge EP is available now on via Bay Area label Interdependent Media.