Tanya Morgan, 'Brooklynati' (Interdependent Media)

Critical Mass

by Mosi Reeves

Three years after their debut, this trio is already preoccupied with career issues, from half-assed promoters to message-board haters. But MCs Donwill and Ilyas and MC-producer Von Pea lend a fresh perspective to these shopworn clichés. Crisp beat loops recalling Pete Rock and 9th Wonder accompany smooth hip-hop soul ("Never Enough") and indie-rap ciphers ("Never 2ndary"). And smart, left-field parodies such as "Hardcore Gentlemen," which sends up early-'90s horrorcore, prove that Tanya Morgan may go hard in pursuit of rap dreams, but they haven't lost their infectious sense of humor.



00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
Now Playing
  • 1 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45
  • 2 Low Leaf — Set Me Free " 02:13
  • 3 Doe Paoro — Nobody " 03:05
  • 4 Chromeo with Ezra Koenig — Ezra's Interlude " 01:55
  • 5 The Julie Ruin — Brightside " 03:04
  • 6 Mirel Wagner — What Love Looks Like " 03:07
  • 7 Amen Dunes — I Can't Dig It " 04:53

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA