Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Video of the Day: DaVinci's Fillmore History Lesson

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 7:35 AM

This week, Phillip Mlynar wrote about Fillmore rapper DaVinci, whose "What You Finna Do" focuses on gentrification in the hood where he was raised.
As the gloomy beat kicks in, DaVinci starts to rap, eventually coining his update on the situation: "Down the corner of the street used to be the spot/Till they replaced all the liquor stores with coffee shops." The rest of his debut album, The Day the Turf Stood Still, released in both free download and retail versions this week, repeats the motif. It's no surprise, considering the changes he witnessed on his block. 

For an emcee, DaVinci's delivery comes off particularly soft spoken, making his rap feel thoughtful, like he's spent a lot of time mulling over the "urban renewal" programs, corner stores, and people populating his home turf. The black and white video for "What You Finna Do" shows him further musing over these topics with the cops, shops, and Fillmore population as his background. It's a good little clip. 

You can read the full story on DaVinci here

Follow us @SFAllShookDown.



  • Pin It

Tags: ,

About The Author

Ian S. Port

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"