Since the release of Vol. 1, the instrumental album from Drums & Ammo, the Bay Area producer collective, comprised of 6Fingers, Al Jieh, Ammbush, and REL, have kept fans fed, first with the release of an array of innovative video releases, and then with last week’s release of Extra Clip, a supplemental EP featuring a variety of collaborative efforts with some of the West Coast’s finest up-and-coming emcees. Still, there’s a chance you may just be catching up to the guys’ stellar work now, and if you are, no worries.
Drums & Ammo has just the thing for you, with a new video that brings together all of their video work from the past two months; a video that not only catches new fans up, but also shows off the diverse aesthetic that continues to bring acclaim to the collective.
The video kicks off with Ammbush demonstrating his talents as both producer and rapper with “Speak Up,” and rolls on with REL’s “Go In,” a collaborative effort with newcomer C-Plus, shot in the rapper’s hometown of Sacramento. As “Go In” fades to a close, 6Fingers’ cartoonish yet heavy “U Funnystyle” takes over, featuring Los Angeles wordsmith Bambu. REL stepped out from behind the boards to direct this one, with a video that features a psychedelic fisheye lens to capture 6Fingers in the studio and Bam exploring the Bay. Finally, Al Jieh brings it home with “Round Me,” arguably the darkest single in the series. DaVinci’s whispery rasp plays off the haunting instrumentation, while visuals from San Francisco’s Chinatown and Financial District parallel the song’s gritty feel.