Video: DaVinci Hits The Radio With Cypress' DJ Muggs
New Clip Finds San Francisco Rapper Making Eventful Pilgrimage To L.A.
DaVinci, the Bay Area emcee, has been receiving incredible amounts of attention after delivering his critically acclaimed album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, and more recently being named one of the Bay's best new rap talents on KMEL's Freshmen 10 list. The rapper's label, the quickly rising Sweetbreads Creative Collective just released a video (in conjunction with hip-hop site 24K Milkcrate) showcasing DaVinci's recent trip to L.A., an eventful trek for the young emcee.
DaVinci drops in on legend DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) for an appearance on Muggs' Soul Assassins radio show on Shade 45. His appearance instantly landed DaVinci the honor of being the first San Francisco artist to appear on both the Soul Assassins program and Shade 45. The clip shows the emcee and a clearly pleased Muggs chopping it up. The video also captures footage of DaVinci in the studio with two of L.A.'s go-to producers. Tycoon, known for his work with Anthony Hamilton, Pussycat Dolls and more recently pegged as a co-conspirator of Dr. Dre's upcoming Detox album, spends time auditioning beats for the Bay Area rapper. DaVinci also catches up with J-Thrill (Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia). It looks like DaVinci has a lot of big things in the works.
Watch out for DaVinci's "Concrete Jungle Juice" video, the next single from The Day The Turf Stood Still dropping next week.
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 is available now via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.