Second Offering From DaVinci Shows Growth, Evolution In Sound
Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.
DaVinci is excited to release his new EP, Feast Or Famine. Starting today, the eight-track EP is being offered for free download via DaVinci's hometown label, SWTBRDS.
The Day The Turf Stood Still, DaVinci's debut LP released last year, offered listeners a look into the often-conflicted ponderings of a young black man as he watches his neighborhood turned upside down due to gentrification and urban renewal. And with Feast Or Famine, DaVinci once again puts focus on the realities that surround his day-to-day. "I grew up in the heart of San Francisco," remarks the Fillmore District native. "It's eat or starve; it's really an urban jungle. You never know what's around that next corner or behind those bushes."
But Feast Or Famine isn't just TDTTSS 2.0, quite the contrary. The EP is DaVinci showing off a level of diversity that was too often overlooked on his previous work. "The Day The Turf Stood Still was dark, it was me feeling like the last of the Mohicans," explains DaVinci. "With this one, it's hella layers – varied tempos, a more diverse range of topics."
Also setting the EP apart from TDTTSS is the range of artists featured. "I don't really reach out to too many people," notes DaVinci, adding that he prefers to work "only with people that I know and that I feel will add to the project." But while collaboration may not be the norm for DaVinci, Feast Or Famine shows a keen ear for choosing complimentary talent, as he calls on the likes of Roach Gigz, Nio Tha Gift, Young Gully, C-Plus, Rae Rosero, and rising Oakland rapper Ginger, with each bringing something unique to the project.
The EP isn't all features, though, and the EP's two solo tracks, lead single "D.R.E.A.M." and album closer "Nothing Like Home," also serve as two of the EP's strongest – and two of DaVinci's favorites. "With 'Nothing Like Home,' anyone who's really from San Francisco will love that one," says DaVinci. "I'm talking about real San Francisco moments; neighborhoods and projects in the city that ain't even standing no more."
Growing up in urban Toronto to a single mother, Koyce D Caesar listened to a number of musical styles, including pop, reggae, hip-hop, techno and alternative. He started rapping at the age of 15, harvesting his talents and taking time to find his voice so he could not only rap, but make thematic music to match his skill for performing. Now Koyce has become exceptional at both crafts, infusing the different musical influences from his childhood into a style and sound unique to himself. To be a fan of Koyce D means more than just listening to his music; it means immersing yourself in the sounds and aura he creates with both his music and his live shows.
Koyce D has performed at many of Toronto's prime venues, including Nathan Phillips Square, Dundas Square during Caribana weekend, which is the biggest festival of the summer; he also performed at the classic Harlem's Underground, and was the headline artist in the first all hip hop show at Loki Lounge.
Also catch Angerville and Bishop on tour this August / September with Onyx and Slaughterhouse:
Onyx Tour feat. Bishop Brigante & Angerville
August 26th - Oshawa - "The Green Bottle" August 27th - Ottawa - "Ritual" August 28th - Toronto - "Annex Wreck Room"
Slaughterhouse Tour feat. Bishop Brigante & Angerville
September 20th - Ottawa - "Ritual" September 21st - Montreal - "Telus Theatre" September 22nd - Toronto - "The Guvernment" September 23rd - Oshawa - "Status" September 24th - Barrie - To Be Announced September 26th - Winnipeg - "Garrick Theatre" September 28th - Edmonton - "Union Hall" September 29th - Calgary - "The Whiskey" September 30th - Vancouver - "Rickshaw Theatre"