MP3 & Video: DaVinci - "Trickle Down" Prod. By Blunt
Bay Area's Next In Line, DaVinci Brings A Poignant Message About Government And Community To Listeners
As DaVinci continues to build momentum for the March 9th release of his full-length album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, he is unleashing the second in a series of three pre-album tracks. This second offering, "Trickle Down," is again produced by Blunt, and again displays DaVinci's poignant, yet street-corner informed, take on the Bay Area blocks that raised him and the world at large that surrounds him. As the song begins with relaxing jazz sounds, the realization soon hits that the song isn't about relaxation at all. As DaVinci's voice cuts through the music, the heady subject matter emerges as he raps about his neighborhood where survival is about gang wars, hate, and animosity. Taking it a step further, he compares the inne rworkings of street life to the machinations of modern day governments.
As DaVinci raps, "Hate is power, love is a weakness / You do wrong the right way, they call you a genius," the rising Bay Area emcee's powerful message resonates loud and clear – what's valued in the streets seems to be exactly what is valued in politics too. This is the trickle down effect that grips the government and the community. "No government is perfect," says DaVinci. "But if you represent a nation built on lies, cheating, thieves, murder, slavery, and the like, it's going to be difficult for the people who make up that nation to see this as wrong."
Further proving the Bay Area emcee's penchant for releasing quality content, joining "Trickle Down" is a video montage, commanded by DaVinci's own firm narrative. "Take a ride with me," begins DaVinci over the sounds of a beating heart. Coming together with the driving strength of DaVinci's words is a number of different black and white images, each signaling its own significance to the Fillmore native's experiences, thoughts, and themes found throughout his music.
The Fillmore District has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in San Francisco, and although the older generations recall its rich musical history rooted in Jazz, the Fillmore today is rife with drugs, turf wars, and mass gentrification. DaVinci, a young MC raised in the Fillmore, is a prime example of the duality of this area, who at the age of 13 was homeless, hungry, and hopeful for a way out. Explains DaVinci, "My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin' to selling and abusing drugs," he explains about his heavy content. "It's a direct reflection of what my friends and family have been through and are still going through." While his story is similar to many other young rappers’ upbringings, DaVinci was surrounded by an incredible pool of Fillmore talent and by studying with the greats, he was able to sharpen his skills and aim higher than most, cultivating his story-telling abilities beyond mere drug-and-gun-talk. Growing up in the same 10-block radius as Bay Area rap legends San Quinn and JT the Bigga Figga, DaVinci was content in merely watching the next generation follow in their footsteps, until he received overwhelming praise from his peers from a mixtape appearance, which then prompted him to pursue rap professionally. In 2006, San Quinn welcomed him onto the "Pressure Makes Diamonds Tour" with rap veterans Xzibit and Tech N9ne. Since the tour, DaVinci has kept busy appearing on numerous mixtapes and compilations, as well as preparing his official debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still. The Day The Turf Stood Still will be available March 9, 2010 via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.