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Wednesday, Jun 24 2015 | 06:27
Image: 110264 Reissue of 2006 album / debut album from new group previously featured on Little Brother's "Minstrel Show" and Foreign Exchange's "Connected" albums

Despite the virtual process that Tanya Morgan used to
produce this album (recording from remote locations and
not in the studio together), Moonlighting still makes for a
refreshing piece of work in today’s hip-hop climate that
seems almost totally bereft of what once sustained the
art form: groups. Whether it was duos (Gang Starr, Eric
B. & Rakim, OutKast), trios (A Tribe Called Quest, De La
Soul) or Wu-Tang Clan, hip-hop has always thrived off the
convergence and mélange of talent and ideas as much
as the transcendent singular talents of its solo artists.
Moonlighting, released in the spring of 2006, features
Brooklyn’s Von Pea teaming with Cincinnati MCs Donwil
and Ilyas. The trio spits witty, self-deprecating, yet
boastful, well-crafted rhymes throughout this 13-song
effort produced by member Von Pea and Cincinnati
beatmaker Brickbeats. As solo artists, the group members
(save Von Pea) would seem to be lacking. As a group, the
intermingling of their personalities (Von Pea and his BK
swagger, Ilyas as the MC’s MC, and Donwil as a bit of an
old soul) and their distinct rhyme styles keep the album
closer to unpredictable than boring. Moonlighting gives
hip-hop heads that ol’ familiar feeling -- in a good way.

1. The Record Spot (Intro)
2. The Warm Up
3. Paper Thin
4. We Be
5. Skit # 1
6. Take The L
7. Ode To Tanya
8. Ha Ha Ha
9. Skit # 2
10. We Right Here
11. Just Cause I Got Locks
12. Rough U Up
13. Skit # 3
14. Pretty
15. Hooks
16. Want You To Want Me
17. We Bad!
18. Skit # 4 Available from 14.08.2015
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