After working as one third of the critically acclaimed rap trio Tanya Morgan for the past seven years, MC and producer Von Pea now emerges with a debut solo album. Relying heavily on funk, jazz and horns, the 17-track effort showcases a thoroughbred hip-hop pedigree that’s borne out of a ’90s-style melting pot of musical influences. Songs like “Open School” are like the more earnest endeavors of De La Soul with a slow and steady vocal delivery and a far more relaxing tone than we’ve become accustomed to this decade. While Pea cites Big Daddy Kane, Busta Rhymes and Biggie as a few his strongest influences, his productions seem to bear a far stronger resemblance to groups like A Tribe Called Quest and the Native Tongues movement—hardly a bad thing for this up-and-coming rapper.