Brooklynati

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Brooklynati
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Studio album by Tanya Morgan
Released May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)
Genre Hip hop
Length 68:23
Label Interdependent Media
Producer Von Pea, Brickbeats, Aeon
Tanya Morgan chronology
Moonlighting
(2006)
Brooklynati
(2009)
Rubber Souls
(2013)
Singles from Brooklynati
  1. "So Damn Down"
    Released: June 30, 2009
  2. "Morgan Blu"
    Released: July 7, 2009
  3. "Never Enough (Crazy Love)"
    Released: August 4, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
HipHopDX 3.0/5[4]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[5]
Pitchfork 5.8/10[6]
PopMatters 9/10[7]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Spin favorable[9]
Time Out 4/5 stars[10]
XLR8R 8.5/10[11]

Brooklynati is a studio album by American hip hop group Tanya Morgan. It was released by Interdependent Media and iM Culture on May 12, 2009. It is based on the creation of a fictitious city combining elements from both Cincinnati, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. To promote the album, the group has created a multimedia campaign with a city website including a digital city map, video newscasts and other Brooklynati themes.

Concept[edit]

The album contains a mixture of hip hop songs, and spoken interludes which tell stories relating to the fictional city of Brooklynati. These interludes feature both fictional characters from the city, such as DJ Jurx, the proprietor of Brooklynati’s only record store, as well as real radio personalities, such as Miss Info of New York’s Hot 97, who add a smattering of radio chatter on the more mundane aspects of life in Brooklynati.[12]

In promotion of the album, the band has also created several “Brooklynati Public Access” spots which have appeared on YouTube. These videos include depictions of a typical day in Brooklynati by each member of Tanya Morgan, as well as a music video for the Brooklynati-based 90’s hip-hop group, the Hardcore Gentlemen, who make a brief musical appearance on the record.[13][14][15]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Brooklynati received an average score of 79% based on 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "On Our Way" Von Pea 3:36
2. "Alleye Need" (featuring Piakhan) Brickbeats 5:32
3. "So Damn Down" Von Pea 4:46
4. "Bang & Boogie" Brickbeats 3:53
5. "Don't U Holla" (featuring Jermiside) Von Pea 3:55
6. "Hardcore Gentlemen" Von Pea 1:44
7. "Plan B" (featuring Napoleon) Brickbeats 4:02
8. "Intermission" (featuring Peter Hadar) Brickbeats 3:14
9. "She's Gone (Without You)" (featuring Phonte Coleman and Brittany Bosco) Aeon 4:51
10. "Never 2ndary" (featuring Jermiside, Che Grand, Elucid, and Spec Boogie) Brickbeats 5:55
11. "Just Not True" Brickbeats 4:23
12. "Morgan Blu" (featuring Blu) Von Pea 4:48
13. "Never Enough (Crazy Love)" (featuring Carlitta Durand) Von Pea 3:57
14. "We're Fly" (featuring Kay and Chop) Von Pea 4:58
15. "Just Arrived (Now What?)" Brickbeats 4:28
16. "Forgot 2 Say" (bonus track) Von Pea 4:17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brooklynati by Tanya Morgan". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Brooklynati - Tanya Morgan". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (May 19, 2009). "Tanya Morgan: Brooklynati". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Ketchum, William (May 16, 2009). "Tanya Morgan - Brooklynati". HipHopDX. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Faraone, Chris (May 6, 2009). "Tanya Morgan - Brooklynati". The Phoenix. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Ian (September 17, 2009). "Tanya Morgan: Brooklynati". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ Martin, Andrew (May 14, 2009). "Tanya Morgan: Brooklynati". PopMatters. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Brooklynati". Robert Christgau. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Reeves, Mosi (July 7, 2009). "Tanya Morgan, 'Brooklynati' (Interdependent Media)". Spin. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ Serwer, Jesse (May 7, 2009). "Review: Tanya Morgan". Time Out. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ Mahara, Zoneil (May 25, 2009). "Tanya Morgan - Brooklynati". XLR8R. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ Tanya Morgan: Brooklynati. Interdependent Media, 2008.
  13. ^ "Brooklynati Public Access – Tanya Morgan Take Us on a Tour of Brooklynati". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  14. ^ "Brooklynati Public Access – What is Brooklynati?". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  15. ^ "Hardcore Gentlemen – Hardcore Gentlemen Music Video". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 

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