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.:The Lessondary & DJ Low Key – Never 2ndary (stream/download):.

It’s an honor to team up with my brethren and one of the dopest crews in music, The Lessondary, on their new mixtape Never 2ndary. The crew consists of Tanya Morgan (Donwill & Von Pea), Ilyas, Che Grand, Elucid, Jermiside, Brickbeats, Aeon & Rob Cave fka Spec Boogie and is one of the deepest out. Maybe you’ve caught them on each other’s projects over the years or maybe you’ve seen me post something about the crew over the years, but right now, sit back and get familiar with The Lessondary crew before they drop their long-awaited Ahead Of Schedule album on 6/24/16 via HipNott Records.

.:The Lessondary & DJ Low Key – Never 2ndary (stream/download):.

1. Tanya Morgan feat. The Lessondary – Never 2ndary
2. Donwill – I Know Those Guys Intro
3. Von Pea & The Other Guys feat. The Lessondary – Connect Four aka Lessondary >>>
4. Spec Boogie feat. The Lessondary – Show Up Drunk
5. DJ Chong Wizard feat. The Lessondary – Check The Rhyme
6. Donwill feat. The Lessondary – Championship Vinyl
7. Che Grand feat. Tanya Morgan – People Bowling
8. The Red Giants feat. The Lessondary – Never Seen A Thing
9. Che Grand feat. Spec Boogie & Tanya Morgan – Lessondary Busy
10. Jermiside feat. Donwill & Spec Boogie – The Cookout
11. Tanya Morgan feat. Jermiside & Spec Boogie – Borrow That (Boogie’s Revenge Mix)
12. The Lessondary – Faded
13. Von Pea, Donwill & Che Grand – Live N!ggas Only
14. The Lessondary – BANG!
15. Spec Boogie feat. Tanya Morgan – Dinette Set
16. Che Grand feat. Spec Boogie & Tanya Morgan – Star (Pimps In Canada)
17. Spec Boogie feat. Tanya Morgan – Poison Clan
18. Donwill & Dash Speaks feat. Spec Boogie & I-El – Side Down
19. The Lessondary – Lessondary Nose
20. Jermiside – Fantastical Outro
21. Von Pea feat. Jermiside, Ilyas & Spec Boogie – Dreams

.:The Lessondary & DJ Low Key – Never 2ndary (downloadable zip):.

P.S. Catch most of The Lessondary, along with Russell Grande and Delasean, Rhyme Progession, DJ Dozen & myself at The Solution Showcase #17 at The Walnut Room on Saturday, 6/18!!! Pre-sale tickets available HERE!

Starting March 7th in Raleigh -> Tanya Morgan x DJ Low Key x Spec Boogie Show Dates (NC, ATL, NOLA, ATX & more TBA)…



Von & Don waiting for their Taxi to North Carolina.

Note: We will be with DJ Low Key and special guest Spec Boogie for all of the dates…huahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Carrboro/Raleigh, NC:
March 7th @ Cats Cradle (back room)
300 E Main St
with Tab One & Scienze

Asheville, NC:
March 8th @ Asheville Music Hall
31 Patton Avenue 
9PM Get Tickets HERE
with Rapper Big Pooh / Colston & Friends and More

Atlanta, GA:
March 10th @ The Basement at Graveyard Tavern
1245 Glenwood Avenue
with Boog Brown / Illmont / Teenburger

New Orleans, LA:
March 11th @ Dragon’s Den
435 Esplanade Avenue
9PM Get Tickets HERE
with Slangston Hughes, Fo on the Flo & Truth Universal

Austin, TX:
March 13th @ Half Step
75 1/2 Rainey St
Time TBA

March 15th @ La Barbecue
1200 E. 6th St
Time TBA

Thursday, 6/14 -> Catch Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan) in his solo CO debut at The Solution Boulder w/DJ Low Key & Sounds Supreme at ‘Round Midnight…

THURSDAY, 6/14 -> Catch special guest Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan/Lessondary) in his solo Colorado debut at The Solution Boulder w/DJ Low Key & Sounds Supreme at ‘Round Midnight (1005 Pearl St).  The acclaimed Brooklyn MC has racked up countless props, courtesy of everyone from Questlove of the Roots to Jay-Z’s new favorite rapper Danny Swain to Ali Shaheed Muhammed of A Tribe Called Quest, come out and see why.  21+/No Cover/Music at 10. $3 Stoli cocktails & $3 crafts beer specials.

Saturday, 3/24 -> The Solution Showcase #4 w/Che Grand (Brooklyn /// Lessondary), 1984 (Big J Beats & Marky Bias), Dealz Makes Beats, DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & more at The Meadowlark…

Saturday, 3/24 -> The Solution Showcase #4 w/Che Grand (Brooklyn /// Lessondary), 1984 (Big J Beats & Marky Bias), Dealz Makes Beats, DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & more at The Meadowlark (2701 Larimer). More details coming soon!!!

Download Tanya Morgan’s You & What Army? EP for free + liner notes from Von Pea

Drop what you’re doing and head over to to download Tanya Morgan’s new EP, You & What Army?. It’s free (with an option to cop a dope, limited edition tee), ridiculously good (I’m biased, so check for yourself) and drops just in time for you to listen and be thankful that dudes like this are making music. If that wasn’t enough goodness, your favorite DJ contributed cuts on “We Rollin” and an Aeon beats listening session at my house over the Summer led to “Rock The Bells”.  Once you download and enjoy the songs, check out these great liner notes, courtesy of Von Pea from over at to make it an even better listening experience:

Disclaimer: this is long.


You & What Army. The latest attempt at proving we’re supposed to be making music. Not so much to you, but to myself. I wont speak for Don, but we’ve absolutely had talks about proving ourselves right as opposed to proving anyone wrong. As I sit here watching this hip hop video show and wondering why there’s no actual hip hop in this current video that’s playing (not in a “this aint real hip hop!” way, the song is literally not a hip hop song at all. its not a rap beat, and there’s no rapping), I cant help but feel like we all look like Disco Stu from The Simpsons. Its as if we’re holding onto something that doesn’t exist…but it does.

Most of the guys we all consider great are still doing it. Most of us relatively new guys still care about being skilled and saying something…or at least evoking good emotions through music.

All we need is you. For more than one listen.

In the past, Tanya Morgan has been about the act. Every album was like a play for us. The concepts and themes and characters were all about creativity. Making actual cassettes to go with the concept of Moonlighting, city planning-accurate maps to go with Brooklynati, or how Don Cusack was supposed to come in a DVD case and PGHI in a mini 3 ring binder. All that is fun, but It all started to feel like a cute lil high school play to me. To keep that metaphor, I feel like we have to turn this play into a good ass movie in theaters everywhere. Or at least get it on IFC. This EP is meant to serve as a reintroduction. We have always aimed to bring fun and our perspective on life, as well as what we go through as artists. I personally feel like there’s a lot left to say and do that we haven’t even scratched the surface on.

If you have Brooklynati you know that it starts with “On Our Way” and formally ends with “Just Arrived”. Ilyas Jr. also asks “are we there yet?” throughout the album. I had another one of those “it would be dope if!….naaah” ideas and as usual Don says “lets try that!”. Just in case its not clear to everyone that hears it: that is in fact Ilyas, the former 3rd member of TM, leaving the group…ON the album intro.

So I get to talking with Il about this intro and how it could be done in a way that metaphorically answers all questions. He was with the idea and further went on to explain how he was going to do an intro from his perspective on his next LP…what happens/where he goes when he gets out of the car. Whats cool about that is we did the same “skit from 2 perspectives on 2 different albums” thing on the Sunlighting mixtape and Moonlighting. He’s always TM regardless. We all are. Our friends Filthy and Aeon said it was sad. Evoked emotion FTW.

Do It Tanya
For people with short attention spans that don’t really want to give us a fair listen anyway, they might just turn the album off after thislikethemarkassbustasthattheyare. I call this the Tommy Boy jam because while it reminds me of “Me Myself & I” (De La, not Beyonce), its really inspired by “Doowutchalike” and “Kiss You Back” by Digital Underground. I think the latter is amazing to this day…both songs sound more like ‘hanging out over music’ than actual songs and that’s what we were aiming for with this one. I’ll explain why it comes back on at the end of the album later.

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SXSW 2011 Recap…Shouts to Tanya Morgan, Che Grand, TiRon, Vibe, Billboard, DJ Trackstar & Lil’ Car, to name a few…

Pic by Lightworks, check out their full Rappers I Know SXSW photo booth at

After a nonstop week of Colorado shows with Tanya Morgan, TiRon, Whygee & King F.O.E. on the Ahead of the Class Tour and throwing the Foreign Exchange’s Denver debut concert with RBMA midway through, it was off to Austin for my third SXSW trip.  As usual, things in Austin were RIDICULOUS; a ton of homies from all over the country scattered across the city that I wanted to link with, more shows you wanna see than you can physically attend and the craziness of Austin in general all fighting for your attention from the time you touch down.  With that said, me, Donwill, Von Pea & Dominic Del Bene were all so exhausted from the week before that we took our first night there easy, on some calm before the storm ish.

Rappers I Know showcase, check out more pics from the show courtesy of Mel D. Cole here.

Thursday, 3/17: After getting a good night’s sleep, we hopped in Lil’ Car (aka our undersized rental and parking blessing in disguise) and hit up the chaos that is 6th St/downtown Austin during SXSW.  I saw something on TV Wednesday night saying that the official attendance for the festival was up 30% and you could definitely tell by the parking mess and floods of people in downtown Austin.  We checked out the Fader Fort for a little bit and made our way to the Rappers I Know showcase for our show.  The crowd was mad cool at the showcase and thing were off to a good start until the entire sound board stopped working and the room went quiet during Donwill’s super long (48 bar?) verse on “Headphone Rock” .  When the music stopped, Don just kept rapping his entire verse without a pause and the crowd went fuckin’ nuts.  It was a great MC moment to witness and by the time he had ended the verse, the soundboard was back running again so we didn’t miss a beat.  We ducked out after we rocked to catch a quick and very fun Wallpaper show around the corner. After geeking out at the Wallpaper show, we came back to the Rappers I Know showcase and caught a surprise appearance from the Alchemist (for an Alchemist/Just Blaze soundclash at that), a Just Blaze/Saigon set and a very entertaining H.I.S.D. set to close out the night.

Friday, 3/18: Friday was probably my most hectic day of SXSW.  During the day I DJed for Tanya Morgan at the 2 Dope Boyz aka #Fuck2DopeBoyz showcase.  In one of the weirdest moments of my DJ career, the bouncer at the Dizzy Rooster initially wouldn’t let me into the venue with my DJ bag until after 10 or so tense minutes in which me, Meka from and a variety of people tried to reason with the asshole bouncer.  Eventually the owner let me in and bought me a beer to apologize.  Our set was between Big K.R.I.T. and the Black Hippy Crew (Schoolboy, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock & Ab Soul) and we got mad love from the nearly packed house before wrapping up as a fight broke out between a west coast rapper who will remain nameless and the aforementioned asshole bouncer.

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Later that evening I linked up with the homie DJ Trackstar and we traded off as house DJs for the night at the RIDICULOUS Agency SXSW Showcase aka the Vibe House w/DJ Quik, EPMD, Slaughterhouse, Collie Buddz Blu, Shad, Dee-1 & more (shouts to DJ Hyphen & Jasmin).  We walked in the door and caught the end of Blu’s soundcheck before I was introduced to Dee-1, who I ended up DJing for later that evening.  I wasn’t familiar with Dee-1′s music before the show, but man, I was very impressed once I heard it.  He’s got that trademark New Orleans sounding flow a la Weezy mixed with a touch of incensey Common’s lyrical content but he rocks it in a style all his own.  Download his latest project, I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2 to get more familiar with one of the better surprises of my SXSW trip.  I rocked a couple of intermissions between acts before handing the house DJ duties over the homie Trackstar the DJ so I could rush over to the Move Forward Music Showcase.  Check Trackstar’s recap over at for his take on the night, including when he played “What We Do” and Freeway tapped him on the shoulder to perform it live (I am a little jealous of that).

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I couldn’t be mad though, I got to the Move Forward Music Showcase and the spot was packed sardine thick.  Homeboy Sandman was putting on a rap clinic (if you’ve ever seen him live, you know what I’m talking about) while girls were practically headbanging to his set, it was quite a sight to behold.  Me, Tanya Morgan & Che Grand rocked a set to a dope response, punctuated by an extra intense Von Pea acapella to close out the set (I hope someone got video of that ish).

After the packed Move Forward Music showcase, I had to rush back to the Vibe House to DJ some more.  In maybe my biggest geek out moment of the trip, I got to meet Sway of Wake Up Show/MTV (but way more importantly, Wake Up Show) fame backstage before spinning a west coast set until DJ Quik took the stage.  After Quik’s set, EPMD hopped on stage for their SXSW debut and tore the house down to close out the night.

Pic by Jay Janner, imagine 6+ blocks this packed and dozens more nearly as packed, now times that by 4 days and that’s just the music portion of SXSW

Saturday, 3/19: The Saturday of SXSW is probably the craziest Saturday of the year for shows.  Everybody’s trying to go extra hard for the grand finale of the biggest music festival in the country and it’s overwhelming.  The main focus of the day was the DJing for Tanya Morgan at the Billboard Magazine showcase (check TM mentioned on the cover below and catch us rocking “And You Say” with Che Grand in the video below that) and for TiRon & Ayomari at the Respect The West Showcase.

During the day on Saturday, I got to meet Uzoy (check her mixtape and collabs with the guys from TM, Che Grand on our Fixtape Two and Denver Big Tune champ Boonie Mayfield), caught up with Skillz (it still bugs me out that he recognizes me and says what’s up, I grew up on dude’s music) and DJed for Tanya Morgan at the Rocksmith Showcase. After the show there, it was off to soundcheck (the only one I got in the 7 events I DJed at in Austin) for one of the biggest Tanya Morgan shows to date, the Billboard SXSW stage.

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More video from the Billboard Show: Alleye Need & Bang n’ Boogie /// The Yorker /// Laura’s Song /// We Be /// Love Junkie (Remix)

As you can probably tell from the video links above, the Billboard show was pretty damn good, definitely one of the best TM shows to do date.  From there, I rushed over to the Agency Respect The West Showcase to perform with TiRon and Ayomari.  That show was great as well.  It was the largest crowd I’ve ever rocked with them (a 2 level wall to wall packed Vibe House) and, in my humble opinion, the best show I’ve ever rocked with them energy-wise.  It was a great slot on a perfect bill and TiRon and Ayomari came out with their A-game.  The homie Brandon Cruz took some fancy looking, high quality video that I’m sure will pop up soon, stay tuned for it.

That wrapped up my work schedule for Austin and I spent the rest of the night running around a little too much.  Me, Von, Don & Che caught a brief Pac Div set and rushed off to catch part of the insanity that is Red Bull Thre3 Style Austin.  We caught the end of De La Soul’s set, most of Z-Trip’s set and then rushed back over to the Vibe House to try to catch Snoop, Warren G and DPG’s Nate Dogg tribute.  Snoop’s people must have shut shit down because we couldn’t get back in, even with my artist band from performing an hour earlier.  Devastated, we rushed back over to the Red Bull VIP area where I caught the homies D-JR, Mick Boogie & Kyle Berg spinning to close out the night.  I spent the rest of the night catching up with them, M-Squared, Marlon, DJ Scuba Gooding Jr and the only and only Keith Clingman before I grabbed some incredible tacos on 6th Street and it was time for me, Che and the guys from TM to call it a night.

Sunday, 3/20: The Park’s BBQ has become one of my favorite events of the year.  If you’re not up on them, the Park are an amazing band out of the Bay area who, along with the wonderful Ragen Fykes and producer Keelay (of ‘& Zaire’ fame) make up the group Grillade, who you definitely need to check out.  Anyways, the Park hosts and INCREDIBLE BBQ after SXSW wraps up featuring a bunch of their friends hanging out, eating, drinking and playing music on some too good to be true backyard jam session ish.  I was lucky enough to go last year and this year was even crazier.

Some of the highlights included the aforementioned Wallpaper rocking his “Love Junkie” remix with Donwill as well as covers of Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” and The Whispers “Rocksteady” like only Ricky Reed could that had the crowd cheesing, Von Pea, Donwill, Che Grand, Moe Green & STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) rocking the mic early, Ragen Fykes’ warm vocals, DJ Toure from Hieroglyphics hopping on the drums (I had no clue he even played) and The Park and A B and the Sea rocking music that had the whole party grinning ear to ear.  Wallpaper said it best on twitter “Havin the most musical BBQ throwdown today. SHAMING corporate shit.”

After that I spent a couple of extra days, post-SXSW madness in “regular” Austin too.  “Regular” Austin is a beautiful bubble of live music, quirky college town charm and all the possible good applications of the Texas state of mind (in a way that’s completely unique to all of Texas).  I was already feeling burned out from SXSW but it was well worth the extra days to catch up with my college friend Chisum, soak in the true Austin lifestyle & enjoy the magic of the County Line BBQ’s 5 meat BBQ combination, Taco Deli’s unbelievable variety, Mexican vanilla ice cream and the high fructose corn syrup free deliciousness of Mexican Coke and Dublin Dr. Pepper.

I also got a chance to check out Austin legend DJ Mel’s long running “hip hop night at Nasty’s” on Monday night (8+ years, clap for him!!!).  Pretty much everyone in Austin knows about Mel and his night, which had an awesome vibe (very similar to a great night at the Solution), featured a guest spot for my former RBMA Mr. X colleague Prince Klassen and was packed, despite being on a Monday, having a $4 cover and being at what might the roughest looking venue of the 30 or so plus that I’ve been to in my five Austin trips.  It’s always inspiring to see parties based around quality music and Mel’s is an institution, it had me excited to come home and work on four more unforgettable years of the Solution.  After one more day to wind down my Austin trip, it was back to Denver to play catch up from the busy weeks before Austin (which is part of why it’s taken me a month to knock out this post…LOL).

Shouts to the homies I rocked with, caught up with down there or met: Donwill, Von Pea, Che Grand, Dominic Del Bene, TiRon, Ayomari, Mario, Jasmin from Cashmere Agency, Trackstar the DJ, DJ Hyphen, Dee-1, Ragen Fykes, The Park/Grillade, Ricky Reed/Wallpaper, Chisum, Alex from Move Forward Music, Frank from Rappers I Know, Meka & Shake from 2Dopeboyz, JC & MZ from the Smoking Section, Billboard, Y-O, Jake One, Skillz, Brandon Cruz, Homeboy Sandman, Brandun Deshay, Add-2, YC, Nicknack, DJ Mel, Prince Klassen, Uzoy, The Are, Scuba Gooding Jr, Mick Boogie, D-Jr, Kyle Berg, M-Squared, Marlon, Truth Live, Moe Green, the Audible Treats crew, STS, DJ Toure from Hiero, DJ Flash Gordon Parks from H.I.S.D., Jarrell from Clear Soul Forces, the guy who owns the house for the Park’s annual BBQ, whoever it was who let us into the Fader Fort so we didn’t have to wait in that crazy line and anybody I forgot, sorry there’s way too many names to remember a month later.

P.S. It was definitely different this year at SXSW than the last two.  This post is already long enough with my recap, but I’m gonna post up an article that sums up the differences pretty well shortly.

Tanya Morgan’s Moonlighting just turned 5…A few words from me and more from Von…

5 years ago Tanya Morgan’s Moonlighting dropped on Loud Minority Music/ABB Records.  The album was supposed to be a side project for all parties involved but instead “accidentally” helped members Donwill, Von Pea & Ilyas skyrocket to critical acclaim from publications like XXL, Urb & the Source, co-signs from the likes Questlove, Bobbito & Chairman Mao and comparisons to the likes of De La Soul, Blackstar & Little Brother from the hip hop world.

They’ve come a long way since ’06, since then they’ve been lauded as “legends in the making” by Ali Shaheed Muhammed of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, “one the groups taking hip hop into the next decade” by XXL in the ’09 Freshman issue and “one of the finest groups of their generation” by the L.A. Times.  Anyway, Moonlighting was what jumped it all off and it’ll always be a personal classic to me.  It will forever remind me of when I first linked up with TM, wanna hear the story, here it goes:

A little over 5 years ago, Donwill, Von Pea & Ilyas trekked out to Boulder for their first show outside of NY, where they performed on a bill at CU alongside me and Lupe Fiasco (check the video of me DJing for Lupe at that show here).  I knew Donwill a little bit from Okayplayer and he’d recently recorded a ridiculous freestyle for my Mixing In Action #1 tape, so when they got out here a day early, Don and Von came out to see me DJ the night before at Hush. Everybody had a blast that night and little did I know, a few months later I’d be DJing for them at CMJ in NYC, then rockin’ with them on a six week long tour of the US and Canada with Hieroglyphics and continuing to rock shows with them after that (plus hopefully many, many more in the future).

I’ll never forget that weekend, my grandmother in Atlanta had just passed but we had some crazy adventures (including coming ‘getting announced by the headliner at the end of the show’ close to crashing a show at the Fox by some group called 3OH!3) that completely distracted me from the situation until I flew back to ATL for her funeral the morning after the show.  In retrospect, the weekend was a bit of a turning point in my life, one of those moments that you look back on as the end of one part of your life and the beginning of another, and I’ll always associate Moonlighting with those memories.  I feel honored to have linked up with the guys from Tanya Morgan back in 2006, working with artists whose music you believe in is a humbling experience and I’d like to think my Granny would be happy to see what I’ve been up to since that weekend.   Don, Von, Il, Dom, Alex & the Lessondary, thanks for the opportunity to work with y’all, Moonlighting was just the start and I know the future holds great things for every one of us.

Here’s Von’s post on Moonlighting from, cop that ish if you haven’t already:

Moonlighting turns 5 today


In 2004 3 men set out to….we still don’t know what we set out to do, but what we DID do is record an album under the name “Tanya Morgan” as an inside joke and titled the album “Moonlighting”. The idea was for the skits on the album to one day become life imitating art. I know for a fact that has actually happened, even down to the short attention span people dismissing the music after one song. We recorded the album before/after work, while working for non-profits, in the grocery store, and being a home attendant. Donwill went to Cali for an art show and ran into Dominic, who was trying to start a record label and had previously agreed to help myself and ilwil separately put our music out. He didn’t know anything about TM, he only knew me from my pre-von sees mixtape (custom fitted) and ilwil from “beat thieves”.

Anyway he heard Moonlighting from Don when he was out there and from that point on it became the little album that could. we we’re told we needed to start some kind of buzz (this was before blogs btw) so we put together the sunlighting mixtape late 2004.

November 2004 we rehearsed in a friend of a friends living room for the first time in BK and they said it was crazy how much chemistry we had (keep in mind at the time we had only been around each other in person ONE other time before this day). We got shut down by the cops at our first show. We made moonlighting shirts with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepard on them (realest like Bruce Willis lol) and didn’t even wear them on stage (we wore a shirt and tie on stage). This is also the night that the Lessondary began (the lineup was something like Elucid, Nonameko, Che, Spec, and TM)

then we were told we needed to show we could sell something so we put together the sunset EP mid 2005. Dom found an investor, and finally ABB offered to distribute the album. Early 2006 we all (when I say all I mean ALL. They flew damn near the whole Lessondary out just for cameos. Including Heinz from Toronto) flew out to Cali and shot a video for the song “we be” with Ethan Lader (he does all the dope shit for artists that actually sell now like B.O.B. lol) We won this MTV contest (with the help of OKAYPLAYER.COM’s message board) and got our video played, and finally had a release date for an album we’d been trying to put out for 2 years…that was only a side project. April 4th, 2006.

We got 3.5 mics in the source, while everyone (including the writer) agreed it was a 4 mic review, got laughed at in the vibe 20 questions for our name, became darlings over at XXL thanks to Scott and Datwon (shout to Chairman MAO), and oh yeah, made red cassettes that made people like Questlove, Sucio Smash, and Bobbito fans of the album.

We went on a well documented disaster of a tour to promote it. Its the only project of mines that will ever exist on vinyl, cassette, AND cd. People still come to our shows and get hype when they see we have moonlighting for sale.

Wherever we sit in your mind, just know that it all started with an inside joke and good intentions.

“You Get What You Pay For” coming later this year.

no more music for the suckers.

Tanya Morgan, Che Grand & DJ Low Key rockin “And You Say” at the Billboard SXSW 2011 Showcase…

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Tanya Morgan, Che Grand & myself rockin “And You Say” at the Billboard SXSW 2011 Showcase…Kinda fly with the Billboard logo, right? LOL…Full SXSW post coming soon…

Donwill’s great “Make Art” post from…

The post below is from Donwill of Tanya Morgan’s fantastic blog,, which you should definitely be checking if you’re not already.  Don posts up all sorts of stuff but catch him on the right day and you’ll get a perfect mix of clever introspection, snarky humor and emo ranting about rap.  The post below reminds me of the phrase I always use to describe what I’m lucky enough to be doing and how fortunate I feel; “15 year old me’s mind would be blown by what I do every day”.  Anyways, check out Don’s rant and whether you’re an MC, DJ, producer, musician or whatever, hopefully it’ll inspire you a little bit.

P.S. How dope are those goggles?  Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

You see that guy in the picture rapping? He had probably just played the Root’s Illadelph Halflife or Tribe’s Beats Rhyme’s and Life a few hours or days before this picture was taken and never once imagined the guys who made those records would be a phone call or email away. I bet if I could walk into this scene and inform the people in the room of what 2011 would be like they’d lose their minds.

That guy in the picture was honestly pretty damn cool. He made art because well he liked making art. Everything in his life was just making art. From the way he rolled his blunts to just being brave enough to walk around wearing Oakley ski goggles in the summer. It wasn’t about making one big epic statement. It was about making small meaningful ones consistently.

The music that this photograph captures had no idea what a blog was, didn’t care about a soundscan report, wasn’t thinking about a budget and sure as hell wasn’t worried about a cosign. The only thing the music you see in this picture cared about was what word came next and how it made the person making it feel.

Make art. Make it consistent and make it personal. Make it urgent. Share it and know that whether people loved or hated it the most important thing is that they were not indifferent towards it.

*ask ilyas, i rolled the best blunts in the world. hands down
**rocking goggles was the shit, whether or not you agree

Wednesday, 3/17 – Sunday, 3/20 -> Catch me DJing at SXSW for Tanya Morgan…I’ll be DJing for TiRon & Che Grand too, more show info coming soon…

WEDNESDAY, 3/16 – SUNDAY, 3/20 in Austin -> Catch me DJing at SXSW showcases for Tanya Morgan (schedule posted above and below), TiRon (show info coming soon within a day or so), Che Grand and I think at some other crazy random events too.  More details coming soon!!!