In March 2010, DaVinci released The Day The Turf Stood Still, a truly striking debut album, and one that allowed listeners to share DaVinci's gaze as he watched his neighborhood, the historic Fillmore District in San Francisco, experience an overhaul due to impacts of gentrification and urban renewal. DaVinci's new EP, Feast Or Famine , released for free download late last month through his label, SWTBRDS, largely follows in those footsteps, while taking a broader look at the ills that affect – both good and bad – inner city communities across America."
Central to both projects is DaVinci's quest to find a voice that not only represents his own views, but also the struggle, pain, and celebration of those around him. And, inspired by the young rapper's work, Brian Chu and Austin Chu, collectively Werehaus.tv, set out to capture just that with their mini-documentary, "DaVinci: A Fillmore Story."
"Working on this project with SWTBRDS and DaVinci has been more than we could have asked for," explain Brian and Austin, noting that the project was their attempt to create, "an honest piece about the struggle to find oneself, and develop a voice that represents where one's from." Opening with an acapella take on a verse from previous single "D.R.E.A.M.," the mini-documentary chronicles DaVinci traveling throughout the city – home, the studio – as he speaks on how growing up in The Fillmore impacts his outlook on life, the struggle and care for others that permeates his music, and much more.
MC KHINGZ reps Seattle's southside to the fullest and unleashes his demons on the REL!G!ON-produced "Monster's Lib", the first single from the former gangster turned poet's new album Liberation Of The Monster. Feeling boxed in by labels and expectations of fans and friends who tried to subtly direct him to a more spoken word bohemian feel, KHINGZ reacts with this visceral and at times painful album; a declaration that he will not be boxed in or defined by anything but his own actions or anyone but his own heart. Listen, digest and free your inner beast.
This week is dedicated to all of those internet diggers out there who want to get as much dope free music as possible. Well, here it is! And one of the free projects are released under a VERY LIMITED time, so I suggest you cop soon!
Dam Funk :: InnaFocusedDaze
Funk isn't dead, y'all. It just smells funky and Dam Funk is the funk musical witness to that. Here's a free-P of his songs released with four songs for everybody to jam to. Check this one out and have a clothespin ready for your nose fpr the funk that you're about to download.
Tracklisting: 1. Forever 2. Don’t U Know (That This Funk Iz Real)? 3. Inside Of U 4. InnaFocusedDaze
For those who's been itching to check out Odd Future members not named Tyler, Hodgy, and Frank Ocean, here's a free project from OFWGKTA's own Domo Genesis. OF fans show crazy love to the project, so you already know that they're under the Wolf Gang influence. Check it out for yourself!
Tracklisting: 1.Mission Statement 2.Boss' Life 3.Guess Who's Back 4.L-Boy Interlude 5.More Clouds Feat. Remy Banks 6.Whole City Behind Us Feat. Ace 7.Respect 8.Lets Smoke 9.Glory 10.We Major 11.Shine 12.Mind Games (Snippet) 13.Benediction 14.Smokemon
Ess Vee aims to give Joe Buddens a run for his money as the most hustlin'est hustler comin' straight out Jersey! You hear me, my brother! Ess Vee come from a long way, yet he's just gettin' started and "The Veelude" shows as a prelude for what's next to come from Ess Vee. Guest appearacnes include Mike Jaggerr and QuESt.
Tracklisting: 1. We Are Young (Intro) 2. Backyard Sippin' 3. Cadillac in Effect (f/ Mike Jaggerr) 4. Just a Touch 5. Leave Me (f/ D/A) 6. Feel Music (f/ ESSO) 7. 5 in the AM 8. The Edge 9. Miss Ya Love (f/ Imagine) 10. Live (f/ QuESt) 11. I Go Thru It
His name says Hollywood, but he reps Houston. Here's an up-and-coming emcee who's been featured in countless blogs, yet making his FMF debut with this free project here. He reps for his fans before he ends up blowing up and earn more fans who are just fans because he blew up. Guest appearacnes include Jackie Chain, Brian Angel of Day 26, Laws, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall, and more.
1. Dear Fans 2. Line 'Em Up (f/ YP) 3. Lights Out 4. Exhale (f/ Brian Angel of Day 26) 5. Contact High (f/ Jackie Chain) 6. H-Town Chicks (f/ Solution) 7. Home 8. Dream Killer 2.0 (f/ Laws) 9. Stalker 10. Champion Sh(t (f/ Naledge) 11. Fan Mail 12. So Much to Say (f/ Brian Angel)
Here's a new hip-hop band that brings you all to mind of Stetsasonic and the Roots. Hip-hop with lyrics and real-live instruments, what can go wrong with that? Check this one out!
1. Hip Hop Taking Over the World 2. DJ Lobotomy Interlude Pt. 1 (Making of "Play My Demo") 3. Let's Go KRAZAY (A Dedicat 4. Type of Woman 5. DJ Lobotomy Interlude Pt. 2 (Making of "Play My Demo") 6. Feeling Good... 7. I'll Take Her 8. DJ Lobotomy Interlude Pt. 3 (Making of "Play My Demo") 9. Play My Demo
Here's one of those free mixtapes that might as well be an album. F'real, Johnny Spanish & T-Razor makes it thier mission to make this not your average mixtape and they accomplished it well. Spanish and Razor keeps on rising "2 the Top!"
Tracklisting: 1. Mixtape Shit 2. 2 The Top 3. Roll Up 4. On It 5. Back My Way (f/ Cam Dollaz) 6. I Know 7. Got' Damn Shame 8. Make It Take It (f/ Jackie Chain) 9. Day in the Life (f/ BST Gang)
This album will be free for a limited time, so I suggest you download this one A.S.A.P. If you've been sleeping on this former U-N-I rapper, then I suggest you download this A.S.A.P. also. With features from Black Thought, Strong Arm Steady, and others (as well as production from DJ Khalil and Ro. Blvd.), this debut is a must-download. And if you want to show support, you can also buy it on the same site.
Tracklisting: 1. Molotov Cocktail 2. Rodney King 3. Fuck The Police 4. Colors (f/ Strong Arm Steady) 5. Hell’s Angel (f/ BJ The Chicago Kid) 6. Two Clips (f/ Kobe) 7. Riot (f/ Black Thought) 8. The Killers (f/ Jazzy) 9. Niggas 10. Big Ball 11. Prayer (f/ Cheryl Johnson) 12. Manifest Outro 13. Los Angeles 14. Dope
That's it for the "Digital Diggers Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at email@example.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love...
Night Time starts with an Apollo Brown styled bluesy, soul sample before kicking into a straight forward, solid drum knock backed by strings - you know, the way we like our Apollo beats. The gravel voiced Hassaan Mackey seems to stroll into the beat so even toned you know he's about to get raw with the story. "Another case of that Saturday Night Fever / Color me a dreamer / Cause I be watching hustlers in their Benzes and their beemers / Cuttin in the city streets or riding round with heaters / cause they don't plan on N***as in the fam trying to defeat em / blowin out freedom". From there the story just gets grittier. Apollo offers a nice sample based hook to compliment the narrative "always watching my back / after dark is when the drama start".