"The Battle" Casual x Saafir -A Shomari Smith Short Film

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November 18, 1994 I was working at a company named ITS (Intermodal Transport Service located in Benicia, CA) where we inspected new cars being delivered by trains mostly. Job detail: check for damages caused during transport, folks living inside of the new whips etc etc. The whole day was filled with anticipation of the event jumping off that evening (as I rushed through inspecting Ford Mustangs, Explorers and some Lincoln Navi's.)

 The Hiero/Hobo Junction Battle (which really wasn't a crew battle initially, find out why in the film) had garnered so much hype that it was comparable to a 87' Mike Tyson fight. Hiero had established themselves as major label act at the time so Hobo Junction would've been considered the underdog by industry standards. That being said if Mike Tyson could've been reimagined into "Microphone" Tyson, Saafir The Saucey Nomad would've been your closest embodiment. Vocally (and physically, Boy was brolic) Saafir's style was Jazzy, off kilter and hard core all at the same dam time.

Casual always stood out as the obligatory Hiero Hitman when it came to flat out bar work. His debut album (Fear Itself, 1994) established him as being the fusion of traditional Hip Hop and street that balanced out the Third Eye Vision Hieroglyphics crew. This battle has to be regarded as one of Hip Hop's greatest duels based off of the publicity it received from main stream radio station KMEL (San Francisco). Hip Hop had the early 90's Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito show (89.9 WKCR, from a basement station at Columbia University) in New York hosting MC confrontations, but up to that point commercial radio stations hadn't  sanctioned official Rap battles with the build up of Sway & King Tech's "The Wake Up Show" Hiero/Hobo jump off. Shout out to director Shomari Smith for filling in a lot of gaps when it came to this legendary mc clash. I'm sure folks will be impressed just seeing it on screen, up to this point I'd only heard the audio for decades. Check it out and stay on this Drums & Ammo page. We're Here. #DNA

Fashawn & Sir Veterano - All Hail The King (Official Music Video)

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New work from long time DNA friend/affiliate producer Sir Veterano and Fresno Cali MC Fashawn. From the upcoming Fresh Yard Records presents, Fashawn & Sir Veterano "All Hail The King" album featuring @aloeblacc, @elzhi, @planetasiamedallions and @djrevolution. Entirely produced by @sirveterano. Video directed by @yellownguyen
Below check out our interview with Sir Veterano and his latest release "The Gathering".  

A-1 and Baghead - What's the Love for Then? (Official Video)

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New funk from Producer Baghead and fellow San Francisco representer A-1 on the vocals. This had been a DNA favorite since the snippet video clip hit Instagram. This song is a selection from Baghead's Instrumental release "Dedicated To Those Who" which is out now, but you can cop the full song with vocals on DSP's as well. Words from Baghead: "The Album brings into question the role artistry plays in community, love, and revolution." There's a lot happening in San Francisco as far as the Hip Hop output, a good majority of it has community involvement front and center. We're here for the support of Hip Hop from all sides of the Bay Area. Catch Baghead's "Dedicated To Those Who" HERE

Bryce Savoy "SEE NO EVIL" (Official Video) Ft. Marcel Allen

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East Oakland-native & Neighborhood Diamond, Bryce Savoy further celebrates his #INDEPENDENCE by dropping his new video! "See No Evil" is Bryce Savoy's 4th visual release of the year, from his most recent project, "Neighborhood Diamonds." Shot & Directed By Chris Lein, the song features Long-Island native, Marcel Allen and is produced by Oakland-based Producer & Rapper, Ashlen Jordan. The video takes place throughout various spots in New York City and gives viewers a glimpse of a day in the life in Bryce's "Neighborhood". Be on the lookout for a string of releases from Bryce throughout the rest of this year. VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZzCwQ3L2uY

 

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This; That; and the Third: The Flii Stylz Interview

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On this episode of "This; That; and the Third" Ammbaataa sits with Richmond California Choreographer/Actor/MC Flii Stylz for an in-depth interview on his journey from being a member of the famed Bay Area dance crew Housing Authority to working with the likes of Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Backstreet Boys and more. Flii brings us to the moment a Too Short tape changed his life and set him on a path behind the mic. The two talk about Flii''s dance school and his latest film and music endeavors as an MC and music exec. Tune in for many jewels and words of inspiration. Richmond, that's the hook. TTT3 #DNA

KevChoice - "Flatten The Curve" ft. Ian Kelly & Rob Woods (prod. by DJ D Sharp)

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KevChoice recruits fellow Oakland MC Ian Kelly (JAMLA, Grand Nationxl) and Sacramento's Rob Woods for a hands down get busy track "Flatten The Curve", produced by DJ D Sharp (fresh off of heavy production duties on the critically acclaimed Eastshore Highway album). Kev let's us know he's "bringing back that Hip Hop aesthetic", you know it's real when you hear the infamous M.O.P. classic war cry in the background. Shout out to KevChoice and all the other artist's pushing through this pandemic and keeping their creative output ignited. Official music Video "Flatten The Curve" from the album "Social Distancing" produced by DJ D Sharp
Video directed/edited by @ElleJanelle