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After teaming up with Canadian producer Blunt and enticing fans with a handful of pre-album goodies, rising Fillmore District golden child DaVinci is proud to give listeners the first taste of his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, with the album's first leak, "Guys Wanna." While not the album's first official single, the track shows off DaVinci's more playful side - a compliment to the social and political commentary and themes of gentrification that are often prevalent in DaVinci's music. For "Guys Wanna," DaVinci employs a handful of Goodfellas sound bites to reinforce the track's underlying message. "The guys are going to go out and play sometimes," DaVinci explains. "This song is a dedication to all the ladies who try to keep their man at home too much."
Al Jieh of SWTBRDS Creative Collective produced the track, providing DaVinci with a vocal sample-laden beat giving clear direction for the concept and title for "Guys Wanna." A jazzy, smooth background is hit with a strong drumbeat, just as the Italian-mob sampling is juxtaposed with DaVinci's commanding lyrics and raspy vocals, "LA face with an Oakland booty / A New York attitude, a Chi' Town cutie / Truly, I wouldn't underestimate your beauty / But even on the first of April you couldn't fool me."
Make sure to check out DaVinci's new album, The Day The Earth Stood Still, available both for sale and free download March 9, 2010.
"Guys Wanna" Prod. By Al Jieh: http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVinci-Guys_Wanna_Prod_By_Al_Jieh.mp3 .
Video Montage (Shot, directed, and produced by Johan Thomas): http://vimeo.com/9668308 .
Video Montage (Alt Link): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7BY7HucoUs0 .
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.