“The song and video were made to express the feelings of confusion, hurt, and anger in our community as a result of three Police officer-involved shootings that have taken place on Bay Area public transit lines, ” explains REL, who self-directed the video shot the footage video using his iPhone while riding the BART. He later added civilian-captured clips of the recent murders, bringing the video a sense of power and urgency. “The hardest part,” explains REL, “was being able to get across all of these emotions without any words at all.”
The virtuoso producers behind Drums & Ammo are happy to announce the release of their latest video, this one for the song “‘Round Me.” The fourth music video from their instrumental debut album, Vol. 1, which was released for free last month, displays the talents of the collective’s fourth member, Al Jieh. Listeners might remmeber this song from DaVinci’s debut album last year, The Day The Turf Stood Still. “This beat was always one of my favorites–real straight-forward, hard shit–so I wanted to include the beat on the instrumental album. On top of that, I always wanted to do a video for this song when TDTTSS came out, but we never got a chance to,” explains Al Jieh, expanding on the Drums & Ammo video series, by adding, “We’re not content with just being beat-makers; we’re producers. That’s why all of the music videos for an insturmental album showcase the finished song.”
Arguably the darkest single in the series, ”'Round Me" is a dourly realistic visual. The video, directed by D&A’s REL (Ariel Nuñez), was shot partly in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. “DaVinci always talks about 'hustling hard, like an immigrant,’” says Al Jieh. “Chinatown is all hustlers, and it’s a big part of San Francisco history. REL thought it would be fitting to also have him in front of a the US flag mural out there, because there’s no bigger hustlers than our government.” Adding to the theme, director REL also captured other iconic symbols of hustle, so he pieced in scenes of SF’s Financial District. Indeed, it was, as DaVinci’s whispery flow and the video’s shadowy slow-mo shots ultimately compliment Al Jieh’s haunted instrumental perfectly.
Next month, Drums & Ammo will be dropping an EP that will serve as a supplement to Vol. 1 and will include the songs that have been featured as a part of the instrumental album’s music video series, and more.
Drums & Ammo are back with another hard-hitting track, this time teaming up once more with Los Angeles emcee Bambu for “U Funnystyle.” The song, produced by 6Fingers, is the third single off the group’s debut instrumental album, Vol. 1, and was created to sound like “the music you would hear in a old cartoon, with the shadow of a big ass dude lurking around looking to stomp on suckas,” says 6Fingers. “I had no idea what Bam was going to come with because the beat is a little out-there, but as usual he ripped it.” Drums & Ammo’s REL directed the video, a psychedelic, fish-eyed visual that captures 6Fingers beat-making in the studio and Bambu rhyming around the Bay.
At the end of the month, Drums & Ammo will be dropping an EP that will serve as a supplement to Vol. 1 and will include the songs that have been featured as a part of the instrumental album’s music video series. In addition to “U Funnystyle,” songs on the EP will include “Blame Game” featuring DaVinci and produced by Al Jieh,“We Mobb In That…” featuring Bambu and produced by REL, “Speak Up” featuring and produced by Ammbush, and more.
Drums & Ammo: REL - Go In [Ft. C-Plus] (Music Video)
The Drums & Ammo collective, comprised of 6Fingers, Al Jieh, Ammbush, and REL, are still fresh off the release of their new free instrumental album, Vol. 1, and are continuing to release new and exclusive material to accompany the release, including a series of special music videos, the latest of which, “Go In,” the Bay Area collective is excited to release today. While the first video, “Speak Up,” was produced and featured the rapping of Ammbush, this latest finds REL holding down production and features up-and-coming Sacramento, California rapper C-Plus.
Things kick off with a funky intro, but after just a few bars this sample slows down and you can feel the music taking a turn, as REL is seen chopping the sample and adding hard-hitting drums alongside a growling synth line before C-Plus drops in with a thoroughly impressive verse. “I’m used to working with people out from the Oakland/SF area,” explains the producer. “It was nice venturing out to Sac to work with new talent.” “With this video, we really wanted to capture Sacramento, since that’s C-Plus’ hometown,” adds fellow D&A producer Al Jieh. “So we shot the video in front of the Capitol Building and other Sac landmarks. Northern California is really bubbling right now, and people will take notice soon.”