Riding a wave of critical and commercial success for their group albums and solo projects, Donwill and Von Pea, two-thirds of acclaimed rap group Tanya Morgan, are proud to announce a new side project, The Sandwich Shop. Utilizing a host of original music by fan favorites, The Roots, the set will be released in the near future.
The Roots stint on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, gave birth to a host of original mini-tunes called ‘Sandwiches’ performed during, and segueing to and from commercial breaks, often unheard by TV viewers. In late 2009 when The Roots’ Questlove released 22 of these sandwiches as a free download, Tanya Morgan members Donwill and Von Pea snapped them up, selecting a handful of the tracks to create their own project, naming the EP The Sandwich Shop.
The tracks on the EP take The Roots’ lush soul/funk infused arrangements and turn them into a Tanya Morgan journey with their trademark wit, and lyrical dexterity in tow. “The desire to hear what the beats would sound like with vocals on them, that was the number one focus,” explains Von Pea, continuing, “My hopes for this project is for the Tanya Morgan fans to enjoy it, and for The Roots to get a kick out of it.” For Donwill and Von Pea, crafting a project around music from Questlove and The Roots is hardly a stretch. First receiving a co-sign from the Questlove with the release of their 2006 debut, Moonlighting, Tanya Morgan and the drummer and Roots bandleader have crossed paths often, including on their 2009 sophomore album, Brooklynati, in which Questlove served as Mayor of the fictitious city of which the album revolved around.
Tanya Morgan has not only been one of the most lauded crews in the independent hip-hop scene, but also the most consistent. Donwill’s recent solo set Don Cusack in High Fidelity, released in March of 2010, set off a wave of positive reviews and press adding to the stockpile of great responses for the group as a whole. By borrowing beats from the legendary Roots crew, a shotgun marriage of top-notch hip-hop, soul, and lyrical bravado is poised to set the rap world abuzz again with the name Tanya Morgan.