Review: Dakarii $oul – ‘Balance’



More than just another aspiring rapper with a dollar sign in his name, Darkarii $oul began his musical journey writing poetry, using the artform to vent and express himself long before he ever found hip-hop. Eventually pushing his way into Colorado’s blossoming rap scene, Dakarii found a way to blend his own distinct sound with those that he revered, taking lead from the likes of Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole among others.


It wasn’t until 2014 that Dakarii really began to invest his time and efforts into his music, seizing the day after his graduation and making his name as an independent rapper. After dedicating himself for several years, refining his craft, and releasing his own original cuts, Dakarii took a voluntary hiatus, looking to find value in himself and master his skill set. Returning to form in 2019, Dakarii vowed to release a new song every month, building his arsenal until he could release a full-length project.


In the closing days of June came his latest release, ‘Balance’, a rolling hip-hop cut of subdued beats and undeniable flow. Fading into view with a soft medley of tones, ‘Balance’ begins with a sweeping atmospheric melody that lulls you into a false sense of security about what’s to come. While the instrumentals might suggest a more chillwave approach to modern hip-hop, Dakarii has his sound set firmly in the old school styles, cutting down the gentle tone with a series of spiked verses and lavish, almost minimalist choruses.



Controlled and well-orchestrated, there is a concentrated flow to ‘Balance’ that contrasts the cascading nature of the beats, creating a heightened sense of excitement whenever Dakarii’s vocals kick into gear. Lyrically, Dakarii’s leans upon his poetic background to rise above the usual shallow, hip-hop anthemics, presenting depth and intricate wordplay throughout each of his verse. With such subdued backing, there is nowhere for Dakarii to hide the slips and flaws in his flow, but it also means that every calculated change of pace and refrain shines with an even greater organic charm.


Available now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, and YouTube, ‘Balance’ is Dakarii’s fourth single of the year and quite possibly his most impressive, taking lead from his previous heavy single, ‘Lifted’. The first echoes of his upcoming project, ‘Balance’ is a strong and worthwhile introduction to a brilliant new talent.


Score: 8/10


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