Critical Praise for DaVinci:
"[DaVinci's] wider goals as an artist, his views on the world outside the music, seem like the kind of thing that fans of rap from all corners might find appealing." - Pitchfork
"[DaVinci] has a point and an emotional thrust behind that point... it's pretty enviable." - FADER
"Hard-nosed, raw, and without compromise... one of the best rap records of the year thus far." - Jeff Weiss
"The epitome of what it means to be a 'street' rapper, DaVinci offers stark and realistic commentary on his surroundings and the people in it." - Maurice Garland, Ozone Magazine.
Davinci, who regularly weaves hustling- and drug-filled narratives throughout his songs and verses, has never been one to shy away from detailing the ills that come from either, and "Paying For My Past," featuring Tenille and produced by Veterano, does just that, with bars that strike stark imagery for the listener. "The streets will mature you/ I'm sure you seen what happens if you would just take a taste/ Your teeth missing, now you're crater-faced," raps DaVinci. "This ain't just another place/ Kush blunts is probably laced with empty promises/ Liquor bottles is filled with honestness."
The video for the song, directed by Tim Jieh (JaYo Studios), who's worked a number of DaVinci's recent videos, offers a visual shot in a light sepia tone that matches the power of the song, one that DaVinci labels as a favorite. "The video sets up the story," explains DaVinci, noting that, "the rest is up to the viewer. I like to give the viewer an opportunity, themselves, to decide their own interpretations of symbolism, of what the imagery in my videos means.".
Fans will also be excited to know that DaVinci will be joining Freddie Gibbs for a number of shows this winter, servicing as the opening act for Gibbs' upcoming west coast gigs, for which details will be announced soon.
Watch the video for "Paying For My Past" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rnDIf3Z938
Download DaVinci's Feast Or Famine EP here: http://davinci.swtbrds.com/
For more information on DaVinci please contact Michelle or Dan at Audible Treats.
San Francisco's Fillmore District, better known to residents as 'The Moe', has bred more rappers per capita than any other district in the city, and is on par with Bay Area hip-hop hotbeds Vallejo and Oakland. DaVinci, is the latest rapper to emerge from the historic district and has done so in high fashion. Since dropping his debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, last year, DaVinci's rise has been a meteoric one. The album earned DaVinci a coveted spot on 106.1 KMEL's inaugural Bay Area's Freshman 10 of 2010, and a guest appearance on DJ Muggs' Shade45 radio show "Soul Assassins Radio: The West Wing," along with a litany of stellar coverage from the likes of Pitchfork, The FADER, HipHopDX.com, PrefixMag.com, Ozone Magazine, Wax Poetics, XLR8R Magazine, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, The New York Times' Bay Citizen, and more. DaVinci's follow-up EP, Feast Or Famine, released August 24, 2011, further shows the evolution of DaVinci's sound, and serves as a precursor to DaVinci's forthcoming sophomore LP, The Moena Lisa, which will be released later this year.
SWTBRDS (pronounced Sweetbreads) is a Bay Area-based record label that exemplifies the raw, rare and boutique qualities of its namesake. Founded in 2009, it houses rapper, DaVinci, renaissance DJ, Prince Aries, DJ + rapper duo StreetMedia, as well as the dynamic production team, Drums & Ammo, featuring the collective musical work of producers Ammbush, REL, Al Jieh and 6Fingers. Their first release was the self-titled StreetMedia LP, followed by Adrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes - The White Stripes Reimagined in Winter & Spring of 2009. Their most recent release was The Day The Turf Stood Still by DaVinci, his debut album, which received critical acclaim from publications such as Pitchfork.com, Wax Poetics, SF Weekly, XLR8R, Ozone Magazine, URB.com, and more. With a diverse release schedule on the horizon, SWTBRDS kicks 2011 off with Prince Aries' Clean Ass Whip mixtape, an ode to West Coast Hip-Hop's cruising aesthetic, dropping in May 2011. Soon to follow are DaVinci’s Feast or Famine EP and The MOEna Lisa LP, Drums & Ammo, Vol. 1, the self-titled first installment of a new instrumental series, REL's sophomore solo instrumental album, The Orchestration 2, Ammbush's solo artist EP, and StreetMedia's sophomore album.
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