I was introduced to DaVinci two years ago. The Day the Turf Stood Still dropped and 38th Notes EIC, Coolhand Luke, told me I had to listen. “Aight, word… when I get a chance,” was my reply. The chance presented itself and I hit Luke like, “yo, this shit is really good.” It was his flow. It was his content. It was the soulful production. He was a Fillmore-bred MC who rapped what he knew, but without all the “I was raised in the trap gimmicks.” I could fux with his perspective. My Moms grew up in HP and Fillmore, so when he talked about the changes, I was more than aware. I wondered how long it would take for The Town to shift the way The City did. I also took note of how he could be so Bay and not Bay at all, simultaneously. If you listened to his rhymes, his home was evident. But, his sound had a wider appeal.
Since The Day the Turf Stood Still, Davinci has dropped a good amount of work, including 2011′s Feast or Famine. Now he’s prepping for the release of The MOEna Lisa, due out October 17th. Judging from his latest single featuring Freddie Gibbs, Davinci is still in the business of creating music that I sincerely fux with. Produced by Al Jieh of Drums and Ammo, “MYOB ” features both rappers spilling their narrative while telling folks to mind their own business. Take a listen.