Origen aka Will Stanton
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Origen aka Will Stanton

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The best kept secret in music


"Pittsburgh Shines"

"Origen puts all of his influences together in non-obvious ways and makes it stand outside times and trends." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Multi-Instrumentalist Redisovers His Roots"

"One of that rare breed." - Pittsburgh City Paper

"Like that cool Christian kid at your school"

"Passionate. Personable and resonant." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Majestic, ominous, and contemplative"

"Letters is a cohesive project that will surely draw different reactions from different sects of rap music... Origen's delivery is strong and confidently meshes with Adept’s beautifully constructed musical landscapes." - Okayplayer.com

"Edge of the X"

"This is an amazing album. The Triggers collab gave me chills. Radio cracks me up. Between those two songs and Thinking of You, I'm surprised labels like Rhymesayers and Def Jux aren't knocking down doors looking for Origen." - 105.9 FM Pittsburgh

"Bright Personality"

"An astonishingly talented emcee who seems to have emerged from nowhere with a fully formed style and worldview all his own" - Weekend Mag


Letters LP (2006) Strike Two Records
Sixty Forty LP (2005) Strike Two Records
Memories of the Future Mixtape (2004)
The Taxman EP (2003)
For Everybody in the Cheap Seats EP (2002)

featured on Sun Rise Above - Global Warning LP

mp3s can be heard at www.myspace.com/origen and www.purevolume.com/origen

Multiple tracks from Letters have received airplay on Pittsburgh's 105.9 FM Edge of the X

Both LPs have received airplay on college radio in Pittsburgh WPTS, WRCT, WSVC, etc and numerous indie web stations


Feeling a bit camera shy


Origen aka Will Stanton has been performing under his hip hop moniker since 2003, but during the decade prior he’d been playing in indie/punk bands. As an emcee with a decidedly unconventional background as far as this genre typically goes, Origen has crafted an album that is difficult to define and categorize. Toronto producer Adept lays the foundation with dark, jazz-inflected, head-nodding beats while Origen delivers passionate, intelligent lyrics that can be read as letters to people in his life.

Origen has performed with all types of bands and groups, from Tha Pharcyde to Gym Class Heroes to Zao, and has recorded unique collaborations with the frontmen of The Juliana Theory and Triggers.

Letters is available in Pittsburgh at Brave New World (Oakland), Eide's (Downtown), Paul's (Bloomfield), 720 Records (East Liberty), Dave's (South Side), Joseph Beth Booksellers (South Side), Kharisma (North Side) and The Exchange (7 Locations). "Letters" is also available in Cleveland, Ohio at Bent Crayon, Record Revolution, CD/Game Exchange and The Exchange (Lakewood).

Order online at cdbaby.com and 720records.com

Download from iTunes, Sony Connect and Napster

Retailers can order through Galaxy Music Distribution (www.galaxymusic.com)