Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rubber Souls by Tanya Morgan


    Ever wonder who your favorite rappers listen to? The answer to this question is almost always Tanya Morgan. They are one of hip-hop's best kept secret and their latest album, Rubber Souls proves this to be true. Tanya Morgan enlisted the help of 6th Sense to produce the entire album and create a very smooth and jazzy-rap feel to the album. There isn't much wrong with Rubber Souls, but then again it is Tanya Morgan so shouldn't we have all seen this coming.

    6th Sense stole the show with this album. Having previously heard his work and not being overly excited about it, his production on this album was second to none. The piano is a very powerful instrument when utilized the right way in hip-hop, and it is without a doubt utilized in an amazing way throughout the album. The best example of the piano is in the track "For Real" because it is just used to perfection to compliment, but not overpower the voices of Donwill and Von Pea.

    Between Donwill and Von Pea I don't think that there is a definite stronger emcee. The two are very similar, yet very distant all at once. One of the greatest rap groups of all time, Outkast had a similar characteristic; though many debate that 3000 was abundantly better than Big Boi, I feel as if it was their difference in rapping styles and similar aggressiveness that balanced them out creating for a great sound. I guess you could say that on a smaller scale, Tanya Morgan is Brooklyn's Outkast (minus "Hey Ya") If you've never listened to Tanya Morgan before than at initial listen the lyrics may sound average but if you really apply yourself you will hear the subject matter come out and the story of the songs start to take shape. A quality not common to most artists of a wide span of genres.

    In today's world hip-hop is very divided in the "mainstream" and "underground." If you're looking for some of the best mainstream rap then this album is simply not for you. If you're looking for one of the best true, hip-hop projects of the fall then Rubber Souls has your name written all over it. It's a funky, jazzy, gritty hip-hop album that will stick with you for some time. So stop reading this, and click the links below to get this album.

*Buy Rubber Souls on ITunes and get the physical copies at Fatbeats
*Stream the album here

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