The Fillmore District of San Francisco has bred more rappers per capita than any other in the city, and none is making more noise, locally or nationally, than DaVinci. DaVinci, named as part of KMEL’s Bay Area Freshmen 10, has music that resonates with the authenticity of life experiences, and The Day The Turf Stood Still, the rapper’s show-stealing debut tackles issues including gentrification, urban renewal, materialism, and more, embracing the potential contradictions of his message in a manner that earned the Bay Area representer rave reviews across the board.
Named part of 106 KMEL’s Bay Area Freshmen 10 class
TheRapUp.net included it in their list of “Brilliant Albums That Flew Under The Radar”
Pitchfork: “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. While his aesthetic isn’t ambitious, his 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.”
OzoneMag.com: “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. Tracks like ‘What You Gonna Do’ and the money-themed ‘Ben’ show that he has he has verbal illustration skills on par with the artist he named himself after…DaVinci is definitely on his way to carving a new niche for Bay Area rap.”
HipHopDX.com: “The Day The Turf Stood Still closes on a good note as Davinci becomes more playful and shows some vocal dexterity. This is most observable on ‘Long Chain,’ which contains an unexpected Odetta sample and features the emcee speeding up and slowing down his flow to good effect.”
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