Video: Drums & Ammo & DaVinci - "Round Me" (Prod. by Al Jieh)
The virtuoso producers behind Drums & Ammo are happy to announce the release of their latest video, this one for the song "'Round Me." The fourth music video from their instrumental debut album, Vol. 1, which was released for free last month, displays the talents of the collective's fourth member, Al Jieh. Listeners might remmeber this song from DaVinci's debut album last year, The Day The Turf Stood Still. "This beat was always one of my favorites--real straight-forward, hard shit--so I wanted to include the beat on the instrumental album. On top of that, I always wanted to do a video for this song when TDTTSS came out, but we never got a chance to," explains Al Jieh, expanding on the Drums & Ammo video series, by adding, "We're not content with just being beat-makers; we're producers. That's why all of the music videos for an insturmental album showcase the finished song."
Arguably the darkest single in the series, "'Round Me" is a dourly realistic visual. The video, directed by D&A's REL (Ariel Nuñez), was shot partly in the middle of San Francisco's Chinatown. "DaVinci always talks about 'hustling hard, like an immigrant,'" says Al Jieh. "Chinatown is all hustlers, and it's a big part of San Francisco history. REL thought it would be fitting to also have him in front of a the US flag mural out there, because there's no bigger hustlers than our government." Adding to the theme, director REL also captured other iconic symbols of hustle, so he pieced in scenes of SF's Financial District. Indeed, it was, as DaVinci's whispery flow and the video's shadowy slow-mo shots ultimately compliment Al Jieh's haunted instrumental perfectly.
Next month, Drums & Ammo will be dropping an EP that will serve as a supplement to Vol. 1 and will include the songs that have been featured as a part of the instrumental album's music video series, and more.