REVIEW: DICI — Something’s Right (SINGLE)

Subtle hooks are a bit of a specialty for Miami’s Dici, and whether you’re already into his work or are just now getting into it this summer with his new single “Something’s Right,” I highly recommend giving his soft-touch hip-hop a close listen sooner than later. “Something’s Right” presents Dici at a slower pace than some of his other songs have, but the elegance of the beat is far from the main reason I would have you check out the song this summer. His verses, and what he puts into them from within his soul, are the moxie driving this single and likely what will bring him massive attention in the years ahead.

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There’s no angst in “Something’s Right,” but rather a comforted Dici who seems to enjoy the absence of chaos behind him in the master mix. The instrumentation feels almost painfully pale in a few memorable spots, but this is needed to facilitate as grand a climax in the chorus as possible. This is, after all, a rapper trying to make it in an era fostering a lot of eclectic tastes in young consumers, and his is indeed as intriguing and unique a sound as Gen Z could hope to find at the moment.

Lyrics are a simplified component of this single, allowing for the tone of the lead vocal to serve as the catalyst for emotional output in “Something’s Right” rather than a mere cherry on top of an otherwise cut and dry pop performance. The way Dici dishes out these verses leaves me absolutely breathless, especially as we reach the fever pitch in the chorus, and it’s only because of his nimble movements that we’re able to know the depth of his words rather than just appreciating the agile delivery of the rhymes.

This mix is a lot more streamlined than this player has been known to go with previously, and yet it also feels more full-bodied. Nothing is cutting into the synth nor the bassline; they’re coexisting beside the vocal in a twisted harmony that feels tailored to the needs of Dici and no one else. This is a song that puts his conceptualism in the producer’s chair, and from what I can tell based on his attitude with the microphone, it’s bringing out a lot more confidence in my man than I’ve heard in some of his south Floridian peers as of late.

I’m still really curious what Dici can do live, being that I haven’t had the chance to get out and see him in person yet, but the fire he brings to the studio once again in “Something’s Right” tells me his stage show is going to be more than worth the wait. Hybrid artists are seemingly everywhere we look in 2021, but it’s exceptional to find a player in the style of Dici who clearly wants to experiment for the sake of expanding his creative reach as opposed to simply dialing up more streams online or getting a feature with a mainstream rapper. He’s more OG than some recording artists twice his age, and that’s one of the core themes in the aesthetics of “Something’s Right.”

Colin Jordan

Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer