Critics can’t stop talking about Miami-based rapper/singer Dici this year, and his song “Five Rings” is one of the main reasons why. The official follow-up to his eponymous debut EP, “Five Rings” takes the sonic framework of his first five songs and pushes the fringe elements in the music as far as they can go without abandoning what is becoming his trademark style completely. He’s harsher with the beat here, tougher on the harmonies and a little more aggressive in his delivery of the verses, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s sounding a little more mature than he was in his first slew of tracks with no end to his growth in sight. This isn’t a stage of his career in which he can afford to mess around, but from the looks of this single, he’s taking his future very seriously.
Dici’s pure vocal is inarguably what makes him such an obvious young star in the making, but through his detail-oriented execution, we get a better handle on the sort of depth he’s working with creatively, both in and out of the recording studio. I haven’t any doubts that he would probably bring just as much swagger to the stage as he does for the charismatic moments included in this single version of “Five Rings,” if not a bit more. He doesn’t sound boxed in by the studio environment, but if my instincts are right, he didn’t get into this business much less pen this song just to celebrate success with a stream count exclusively.
There’s plenty of space in this track for some additional bass in a potential club-centric remix, but I can also understand and appreciate the minimalistic aesthetic Dici wanted to use for this cut of the song. He doesn’t have anything to prove to us as far as instrumental muscularity is concerned; this is a vehicle for spotlight his vocal talents as both a melodic singer and a rapper with the agile moves to make just about anything he wants to talk about into a marketable piece of music. Fat-free hip-hop is becoming harder and harder to find when browsing the new releases out in 2021, but if you’re interested in an alternative to the commercial mundanities, this is a good artist to check with.
I just started listening to Dici along with everyone else in 2021, but I don’t think his will be a short-term stay in the headlines at all. Contrary to what a lot of his peers and rivals have been cooking up in their own work recently, Dici is a lot more devoted to the narrative in his music than he is all of the bravadoes one might incorporate in their presentation of it. Surprisingly, this has been more than enough to sustain him in what has been a big year for indie players all across the board, and if this is just one step in the early chapter of his career, I can’t help but envision the mountains he’ll move with a more mainstream platform from which to proudly display his craftsmanship.