In a haze of dissonance and decadent white noise, we’re given our first glimpse into the world of Swigga Geovanni’s “DMLY (Daddy Mi Love You),” the virgin single from the fresh-faced California rapper, but as evocative as the original strands of harmony are, they represent only a drop in the bucket of beat-magic that is about to come pouring through our speakers. The deluge is led by Geovanni himself, who gives a powerhouse vocal as much juice as he can muster without watering-down his lyrics with a lot of chest-beating machismo. The instrumental aspect of the track is tepid at first, but as we get deeper and deeper into the clutches of the hook, it becomes clear that every component in this song will be utilized as a weapon in the war on fall boredom at some point or another. With summer now officially at an end, the autumn recording season is in full swing and ready to get started on the back of singles like this one, which I think belongs on any decent rap critic’s top ten list heading into the month of October.
When Geovanni isn’t professing a rare paternal kinship in his words in “DMLY,” he colorizing the textures in the bass with his phenomenal voice. He’s a lot more melodic than he is gritty, but don’t let his prim and proper approach in the chorus fool you; this cat knows how to get down and dirty when he has to. In the third minute of the track, he’s brings a southern rap-style influence into his flow, but only long enough to break up the fluidity of the synth harmony in the backdrop.
Geovanni switches gears about as often as a racecar driver would, but he doesn’t come across as flustered or even remotely off his game in “DMLY (Daddy Mi Love You)” – contrarily, the duality of this composition works to highlight his versatility as a vocalist and as a wizard of articulate verses. He’s got mad game for this being his first time in the studio, which only makes me wonder just how good he’s going to be after getting a couple of records under his belt.
“DMLY (Daddy Mi Love You)” doesn’t change the course of hip-hop’s aesthetical trajectory, nor does it seek to alter the way that we collectively interpret things like harmony, rhythm, rhyme and tonality. Instead, this erudite number wants us to take a step back from the labels, the brandings, the scene politics and the mathy melodies if for no other reason than to bask in the glow of a really sexy groove. This isn’t life-changing rap, but it’s unquestionably some of the more revolutionary work to see widespread release this month because of one reason and one reason alone – it’s human. Swigga Geovanni could’ve just as easily come out fronting with every ounce of fluff and filler that a rookie can get their hands on, but he didn’t do anything even slightly as silly. He’s wearing his heart on his sleeve with us in “DMLY,” and offering up something that no one else in the biz is this season.