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MP3: DaVinci - "The Beginning"
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 4:15PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



From Audible Treats:

MP3: DaVinci - "The Beginning"

Following Release of "Concrete Jungle Juice" Video, DaVinci Releases Collaborative Non-Album Track

Critical Praise for DaVinci:

Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.

"...The Day the Turf Stood Still feels like an attempt to do something unique within the Bay's insular world, all while retaining the new Bay's characteristic cannibalizing of different moments in rap history." - 7.6/10 Pitchfork.com

"I'm keeping DaVinci on my "artists to keep an ear on" list - he's got enough moxie and production to keep moving on his turf, rising from the merely above average to something special as long as he doesn't stand still for too long." - RapReviews.com

The Song:

Coming off of a string of hit singles from his debut record, The Day The Turf Stood Still, including his freshly released video for "Concrete Jungle Juice", KMEL Freshmen 10 certified Bay Area rapper DaVinci is now releasing a newly unearthed track, "The Beginning." Recorded before the March release of his debut, the cut features Webbz and J. Rockwel, along with recent Def Jam inductee Big K.R.I.T..

"The Beginning" showcases powerfully and energetically delivered lyrics over a loose, jazzy saxophone line, the combination of which ensures the listeners' attention over the track's six-plus minutes. Unlike many collaborative tracks of this type, each emcee is given enough time to exhibit their skills, yet still leave you wanting more. For fans and followers of DaVinci, an extra special treat is in store, as the gruff-voiced rapper unleashes a double-time flow over the track. “You can get a head start / On your mark, set, go / Your heart get slow / When I rock that flow” he rhymes. From its hard-hitting verses, it is clear to see that this song marked something special, a fact that the artists must have been aware of when they gave it the wholly appropriate title "The Beginning."

Listen to "The Beginning" here: http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVInci-The_Beginning_Feat_Big_K.R.I.T._Webbz_J._Rockwell.mp3 .

Watch the video for DaVinci's latest single, "Concrete Jungle Juice" here: http://vimeo.com/13538404 .

The Background:

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.

Streams:

"The Beginning" Feat. Big K.R.I.T., Webbz & J. Rockwell: http://media.audibletreats.com/DaVInci-The_Beginning_Feat_Big_K.R.I.T._Webbz_J._Rockwell.mp3 .



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