Regular readers will doubtless know DaVinci, the under-appreciated Fillmore District rapper whose work has long stood out among the eager crop of local MCs. Over two records so far -- 2010's The Day The Turf Stood Still and last year's Feast or Famine -- DaVinci painted a portrait of his changing 'hood while proving himself one of the most vivid and versatile rappers in the Bay. Today he's back with new album The MOEna Lisa, the final chapter in a trilogy of sorts -- and he's posted it for free download on the usual platforms.
What to expect? First and foremost there's DaVinci's gravelly, agile voice and imaginative lyrics, which deal with topics that are less bleak and more celebratory here than on past records. You gotta love some of his rhymes, like these from "Cold Piece of Work":
All I see is dinner, I'ma grab me a plate
Cheesy macaroni, shrimps salad, and steak
Hey though, me and my n***as we don't play though
And if I say it's gravy they'll mash your potato
But DaVinci's new record also features a host of hot Bay Area producers from the SWTBRDS collective, so expect some seriously thick and funky beats. One early highlight for us is the slow and soupy grind REL built for "Paper Power Pussy," which just gets more three-dimensional the louder you make it.
One thing's for sure -- a new DaVinci album is nothing to pass up, especially when it's free. Give it a listen below.