Before he was a Super Bowl champion and one of the best tight ends in the NFL, Vernon Davis was a student of Hip-Hop. Raised in Petworth, Davis’s musical palette was molded by legendary go-go bands like Junkyard Band, Backyard Band and Northeast Groovers. As he made his way through the nation’s capital, he was also exposed to the musical stylings of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tupac, Biggie and Jay-Z. Over time, learning the ins and outs of passing coverages became his primary focus, but he never lost his love for the art of music. Having called it quits from the NFL after 13 years, Davis has reignited the musical flame and teamed up wit h multi-platinum instrumentalist Tone P to deliver his debut studio album, Showtime. Released under the moniker Vern, the eight-track body of work includes contributions from Young Dro, 3ohBlack, Black Cobain, Lightshow and several others.
“This album is very special to me because it represents who I am and what I’ve been through. It’s all about experiences. I want people to feel inspired and motivated by the insight I’ve gained in every phase of my life,” Vern told Medium Creative Agency about his debut album.
“I want people to be better than they were yesterday. Even though I may not be on the football field anymore, the lights as well as my future in entertainment are still bright. It’s showtime.”
Vern may not be suiting up for the 49ers this August, but his voice will still be heard as the football season begins by way of his debut LP, Showtime.