DICI - "Vector"
Review by Daniel Deprè & Staff
“Vector” is a stylish song that has an unexpected cinematic vibe. There is such a strong atmosphere here you can’t help but see it playing in a scene from a big summer release movie. The beat and the rhymes make this song immediately catchy. DICI’s confident voice is bolstered by his incredible flow which creates such an infectious energy in his music. “Vector” serves as a strong and impressive showcase for why DICI is a young artist to keep an eye out for.
The lyrics of “Vector” coincide with the songs overall darker feel. However, they still radiate a strong sense of positivity and relentless ambition. There is such creativity in these lyrics that pull from all different aspects of life to display DICI’s confidence. “Pluto or mars or maybe the stars, I’m going to space.” He may be unable to make a snap decision, but whatever decision he makes will be the right one. “Bitch I’m a monster, put me on the team and I’m changing the roster.”
The instrumentation of the beat is largely responsible for this track’s darker cinematic vibe. The track begins with a repeating short piano motif in the higher range. Then when the beat drops, the piano also then plays in the lower range which are accompanied by strings. The strings are tight and fierce, lending themselves to the songs big time attitude. Rhythmic breaks are well timed and provide the song with variety in the overall energy. DICI brings a forceful power with “Vector” and its unwavering conviction will inspire you to be your authentic self.
17-year-old emerging rapper DICI has been using his down time to be more creative and productive than ever. Off from school, free from his extracurricular lacrosse and weightlifting schedule and hanging in his bedroom all summer due to Covid-19, the multi-talented, Italian born, Milan and Miami raised artist mastered his new Pro Tools rig and began freestyling clever, incisive rhymes and whimsical, hard-hitting narratives.
These formed the foundation of the intuitive urban pop vibe he’s dropping publicly for the first time on his self-titled five track EP on his own label, DICI Records, LLC. Though officially he cites his rap influences as Eminem, Denzel Curry, Action Bronson and Mayhem Lauren – the latter two whom he discovered watching Bronson’s show “Fuck That’s Delicious” on Viceland – DICI says it was a YouTube video by renowned producer Kenny Beats that fired him up and sparked the intense dedication that fueled the project.
Mastering the rig meant a much quicker production as the 15 total tracks he recorded in August came together. A masterclass in fusing a hypnotic, moody vibe, a densely percussive groove and a high spirited, clever rhyming freestyle all about having fun, cruisin’ and enjoying life, “Bar for Bar” – the first track DICI created for the project - took him three days and 30 hours to complete.
DICI’s unique cultural background (American dad, Japanese mom) and numerous international travels make him a true musical citizen of the world who can draw inspiration from a wide range of fascinating experiences. The trilingual (Italian, Japanese, English) artist lived the first five years of his life in Milan, and though he’s been in Miami ever since, he’s traveled to Japan countless times and even went to school for a time in Tokyo.
In conjunction with the release of the EP, DICI will be dropping hard-hitting videos for “305-INTERLUDE,” “Bar For Bar” and “Vector” – all directed by Associated Press and Emmy winning director and cinematographer Brian Bayerl of Greendoor East Productions. They will be promoted by The Syndicate.