Video: DaVinci – “Idle Mind” Studio Footage DaVinci Shares Inspiration Behind Dynamically Charged Album Cut
Up and coming Fillmore based emcee DaVinci recently dropped his highly anticipated debut, The Day The Turf Stood Still, on March 9th via SWTBRDS Creative Collective to much fanfare. With each passing week, hip-hop fans are becoming more and more acquainted with the west coast lyrical maestro and what he stands for. In this exclusive new video of studio footage DaVinci gives us further insight into the man behind the lyrics. “Some people when they get into rap, their craft, they start turning it into a job. That’s what we don’t want. We want to keep this shit fun from the beginning to the end.” says DaVinci. The emcee goes on to give us some background on one of the album’s undeniable bangers, “Idle Mind.” “My momma used to tell me an idle mind is the devils workshop – go do something. Get out of the house. I just wanted to just point that out to everybody and give a whole bunch of instances where in my life I had a higher mind” explains DaVinci. “Everybody come to a point when they’re stagnant, not really knowing what to do… ” Get up and get out: words of wisdom from an emcee who truly understands the power of doing.
Watch the “Idle Hands” studio footage
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 will be available March 9, 2010 via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.