In a time when hip-hop and rap have branched out in to multiple sub-genres, the emcees of SWTBRDS - Davinci, StreetMedia, and Adrian Champion - have kept things traditional and raw. Titled SWTBRDS Mix # 1, the podcast is an excellent showcase of what the young label has to offer. The mix was put together expertly by Ammbush, a member of the famed Oakland Faders and the Drums & Ammo beat clique, whose membership includes producers Al Jieh, REL, and 6fingers. Flowing through 22 songs in 38 minutes, the mix offers multiple tastes in one short and sweet package.
02 DaVinci "All I Have"
03 Adrian Champion "Ante Up Every Way"
04 StreetMedia "Distinguished Gentlemen"
05 DaVinci "Real Ni**az"
06 Adrian Champion "Fucking Apples"
07 Ammbush "Underground"
08 DaVinci "Whiplash"
09 Adrian Champion "One More Corner"
10 StreetMedia "Lift The People (feat. Raphael Saadiq)"
11 DaVinci "Ben"
12 Ammbush "Jackmove (feat. Canibus)"
13 StreetMedia "Paperchasin"
14 StreetMedia "This Boy"
15 DaVinci "Hustler's Theme"
16 PSD Tha Drivah "Thizzlamic (feat. Mac Mall)"
17 Adrian Champion "Got Yourself a Cannon"
18 DaVinci "Guys Wanna"
19 Mistah F.A.B. "Change A Lil"
20 Moe Green "Comfort Zone"
21 Wise Intelligent "Intelligent Wise"
22 StreetMedia "Push"
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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 is available now via SWTBRDS Creative Collective.