I’ve been listening to Dali Voodoo's, MuhammaDALI, nonstop since it's release a month ago. I’ve been following Dali ever since the release of, "Rainwater", last year. Which I gotta say, has some of the coolest visuals ever. Dali’s style is so unique, it’s hard to describe, but I often find myself trying to describing his music to my friends as, “gangster meets popstar meets glam rock (style).” To start off, Dali's songwriting skills are worlds beyond the average SoundCloud artist and deserve more recognition, but what really gets me is the content of Dali’s lyrics. Every time he speaks it feels like a mirror is being held up and I’m having to reevaluate whatever situation I might find myself in.
The project is a great debut. The entire unit is structurally sound, thought provoking, and makes your body mooooooove. It’s mixed with multiple dancehall waves and Dali's gangster grit when dealing with losing love, handling the snakes around him, and getting to the top of his destined apex. Dali completes the project in fifty-two minutes and only calls on four artists for features, including: Bussi, Fat Pimp, Forest Watson and GUN. Every feature on the project compliments Dali very well, another check in the, “you're really killing this debut project” box. It should be no surprise that Dali pulls inspiration from Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee, as the cover art is Dali in boxing gloves and the intro is titled, “Enter the Dragon.” The track starts off with a spoken word describing a time where rebel communities banded together to take down the governed world, but the constant battle for power drove the world to chaos. However, in this chaos a warrior was born — MuhammaDALI. Dali takes the opportunity to introduce himself as a power player in this game and strong force to be reckoned with — he’s here to change the culture and I’m certain he will. “What Do I Know,” chimes in directly after the intro and shines as a standout song on it’s own. The song is wavy as hell and showcases Dali’s songwriting skills as he changes cadences regularly and keeps his melodic laden rhyme scheme consistent. Followed by, “Easy,” Dali and Bussi speak directly to the player in every male walking. I’m calling it now, this will be the anthem for ALL heartbreaks this summer.
“But they tell me they miss the old me
Feelings change, things change,
people change, but nothing stays the same,
I’m in need of change”
“Changes,” the fourth track on the project was emotionally draining for me. To be honest, 27 days ago when this project dropped, the chorus of this track stuck with me. I was feeling so confused about a lot of things going on in my personal life, that I would lose myself in this one. I recently turned 25 years old (yayyyy, not) and I lost my 9-5 (yaaaaay) and this sent me spiraling into an anxiety filled rabbit hole and an identity crisis. Why? Who cares, you’re not here for that, but just know that these lyrics were a turning point for me. Read them again and emphasize the last line with more power. ”I'm in need of change.” Dali is literally giving everyone the dragon strength and power to get through the hardest changes. We need them.
Four tracks later, you find yourself at, “Foreplay.” An upbeat and fun approach to letting a girl know you really mess with her. Like, REALLY mess with her. Dali tells her to drop her other man 'cause Dali’s available... what else does he really gotta say? Just pull up and put your phone on do not disturb 'til the morning and Dali will take care of ya. Then, boom. On the very next track, "TV's," Dali hits with you with the ultimate apology. Carrying a deep dancehall vibe, Dali pours his entire soul into her. The most beautiful part of this track is Dali acknowledging his wrongdoings he’s made and asks for a another chance in their second lives. Damn.
Fast forward to the thirteenth track, “Mirrors,” and I find myself reflecting on all the stupid things I've done in the past. Here's the deal, Dali isn’t asking us to get caught up in these reflections, but to recognize them and own them. Besides, Dali explains that eventually everyone will have to face Jesus with all of our sins. The next track, “September,” (another single off the project) comes booming in with Dali explaining the beginning of his love for girl he speaks so fondly of. It comes at the end of the project right before the final track, “Cinnamon.” The most honest and open that Dali gets on the project. He address his flamboyant clothing style and all the BS that comes with it. Whether you like it or not, we need more artists and humans like Dali Voodoo. As he continues to push boundaries and social norms he'll become the iconic role model our culture desperately needs. Dali embodies the mindset, the attitude, and the perseverance to make it happen. I believe in him.
If you haven’t heard the project I’ve attached it below and I’ve included his video for, “Rainwater."