Video: Drums & Ammo & DaVinci - "Round Me" (Prod. by Al Jieh)
The virtuoso producers behind Drums & Ammo are happy to announce the release of their latest video, this one for the song "'Round Me." The fourth music video from their instrumental debut album, Vol. 1, which was released for free last month, displays the talents of the collective's fourth member, Al Jieh. Listeners might remmeber this song from DaVinci's debut album last year, The Day The Turf Stood Still. "This beat was always one of my favorites--real straight-forward, hard shit--so I wanted to include the beat on the instrumental album. On top of that, I always wanted to do a video for this song when TDTTSS came out, but we never got a chance to," explains Al Jieh, expanding on the Drums & Ammo video series, by adding, "We're not content with just being beat-makers; we're producers. That's why all of the music videos for an insturmental album showcase the finished song."
Arguably the darkest single in the series, "'Round Me" is a dourly realistic visual. The video, directed by D&A's REL (Ariel Nuñez), was shot partly in the middle of San Francisco's Chinatown. "DaVinci always talks about 'hustling hard, like an immigrant,'" says Al Jieh. "Chinatown is all hustlers, and it's a big part of San Francisco history. REL thought it would be fitting to also have him in front of a the US flag mural out there, because there's no bigger hustlers than our government." Adding to the theme, director REL also captured other iconic symbols of hustle, so he pieced in scenes of SF's Financial District. Indeed, it was, as DaVinci's whispery flow and the video's shadowy slow-mo shots ultimately compliment Al Jieh's haunted instrumental perfectly.
Next month, Drums & Ammo will be dropping an EP that will serve as a supplement to Vol. 1 and will include the songs that have been featured as a part of the instrumental album's music video series, and more.
For the past few years there has been no question in my mind that has puzzled me more than the question of whether we are alone in the universe or not. As an intelligent, open-minded and freethinking individual (or so I like to believe), I often allow myself to consider a number of possibilities when searching for a solution to a problem. But when it comes to the topic of extra-terrestrial beings I’ve always been fairly skeptical, which for somebody like myself who believes in secret societies and what are generally perceived as being outlandish conspiracies is beyond unusual. Surely if I believe that there is a secret Illuminist agenda to control every aspect of human life, the idea that visitors from a distant solar system wouldn’t be too far of a stretch.
For some reason the thought of Earth being contacted by alien life forms always seemed unlikely to me. Maybe it was all the years of watching movies about inter-stellar space battles or the fact that everybody who believed in aliens seemed to be nutjobs who were unbelievably disconnected from reality, but I just couldn’t realistically conclude that there was indeed a connection between us and a civilization from another planet.
Then a few months ago I became determined to conduct my own investigation into the matter and educate myself on the truth behind the numerous accounts of UFO sightings and alien/human contact. What I immediately found was that the evidence of extra-terrestrials having been to planet Earth and even maintaining contact with us was overwhelming, and I am now convinced that it’s not just a slight possibility but it’s unquestionably valid.
This is the brand new street single from DJ Paul off the "Pray For Giveness" mixtape we hit you with last week. This joint features Ya Boy aka YB The Rockstar and KoKoe. It's another street banger so all you mixtape DJ's need to make sure you grab this one. This beat is craaazzyyyy also. Download "Bald Heads Dread Heads" right now.
SKAM2? is not just a talented MC recording with Eminem, Ill Bill, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, DJ Infamous andother, but also an accomplished illustrator designing covers for Tribe Called Quest's Beats, Rhymes & Life, Shady's Slim Shady LP, Ill Bill's Infermo Guillermo's and countless classic single/mixtape covers for DJ Vlad, L-Fudge, D12 and more. This doesnt include his work with clothing brands such as Famous, Shady and Methods NYC. Long story short.. here is one of his latest hand illustrated covers for a upcoming single by Low Life that features him on the rhymes as well.