Track review: ‘Satan O Wele’ by Reason ft Boity [audio]
South African crossover backpack rapper Reason proclaimed Satan O Wele a hit single a week before it dropped. Right after he was stopped in his tracks by a fan who rightly reminded him that a hit is determined by the streets, Reason was quick to unveil his secret weapon, the voluptuous and lyrical miracle Boity Thulo.
Listen: Reason drops Satan O Wele featuring Boity
It didn’t take long for fans to get their hands on the record after the Do It Like I Can rapper teased a snippet earlier this week. Satan O Wele dropped on Sunday and you can purchase or download the single on every digital streaming platform. You can listen to the song below.
Track review: Is this a hit or a miss?
On this PH Raw X-produced record, we are met with sanctified versions of Reason and Boity. Both artists address ‘abaloyi’ — or D’Evils in Jay-Z’s urban dictionary — who feed off their failures.
The minimalist percussion on the beat, met with watered-down lyricism from Reason and Boity’s punchy hook, makes for all the ingredients a song needs to get circulation on the mainstream.
However, two glaring facts stand out from a few runs of Satan O Wele. Firstly, this could, by far, be Reason’s worst performance on a song that we have ever heard.
His inability to hold consistency for at least two bars on his verse, matched with his lack of assertion as the main artist on the song, makes this a wide and out-of-sight miss — but then there’s Boity, which brings us to our second point.
The Ba Kae rapstress commands the largest portions of the four-minute song. She owns the hook and her verse is more personable and if you have haters who wish you death on a daily basis, you will relate with Boity.
Suffice it to say, Reason was right in stating that Boity had gifted him a hit, for if he had dropped this without her, it would have been an embarrassing miss.