[Review] Lucid – Tatashe
Tatashe by Lucid was released early in October, and since it hit the airwaves, it has received quite some positive attention. The song is an exciting vibe, and I am excited to talk about this particular one. First, for those who do not know, Lucid is a new artiste signed to Orecords. He got signed after winning a competition organized by Orecords to find their next record label superstar. Sure enough, Lucid beat all the odds and solidified his spot through a tedious competition to emerge victorious. To know more about this new art, go through the Lucid Biography.
Let’s dive in.
We will do it the customary way, breaking down every aspect of this song, from the production and lyrics to the performance and promotion.
At the first listen, the song is one you would describe as very welcoming; it urges you to listen more. There is something to it, it is pretty attractive, and we think it qualifies excellently for an introductory song.
Production of Tatashe
PhantomOnTheBeat produced the song, and judging by the song’s intent, the production team did justice to the sound, and in the way, they directed the whole tune. Although we learned the song has a coproducer in the name of RemedyMRL, we should not take away respect from whom respect is due. Although we know how customary song production works, the dynamics are slightly different in producing afrobeat songs. The producer, in most cases, is responsible for the sequencing of the song. Sometimes the way the artiste or the songwriter has designed the song dictates the sequencing of the song, we have a little problem with the sequencing of this one, but we have not interviewed any of the parties involved to be sure who to direct our displeasures at. Overall, the production is that top-shelf production. Big ups to the sound engineer(s).
Lyrics of Tatashe
Well, it is clear that Lucid is not a lyricist. I mean, what would you expect? He did not come out to claim he was a poet or a conscious rapper. The lyricism of Tatashe is not below par, but it was missing those proverbial insertions to distinguish an upcoming artiste from his sect. We would say Lucid has a scintillating voice and he is aware of this, he then considers this enough to sell his craft. It is not a misleading assertion, given that the Nigerian afrobeat does not necessarily pay attention to lyricism but we cannot deny the fact that putting in extra effort to your lyrics had given extra stars to some prolific Nigerian afrobeat artists today. This post is for Tatashe and the team behind it so we will strive not to insert any external name that has not played any role in the birth of this song.
The Idea Behind Tatashe
Still, on the lyrics, we get the idea of a song from the lyrics of the song and this is obviously telling us that the lady in question has a body that can be likened to Tatashe which is a Yoruba term for Hot Chilli. We can see the idea here. She is hot, and she is as hot as chili. The progression of the song nevertheless creates this story or the idea that he has only been fantasizing about this and have not been able to convince her to be his. But then again the song progresses into suggesting that she should “give me body, sharply” according to Lucid. So, there are different ideas that will come into the head of a concentrating listener, unless ofcourse for an afrobeat song, the intent was for us to enjoy the tune and nothing more. Which is quite a pass for an afrobeat song. So, the idea behind the song? Not straight but can be given a pass.
Tatashe, The Song.
Overall, Tatashe is a very good song. A feel-good song and thanks to the unique voice of the artiste, the song is quite relaxing, also, if you wanna get your groove on, it sure qualifies too. It was a smart choice to introduce an artiste with a song like this, nothing too serious, nothing too deep. A song to truly explain what the artiste is truly about and a song that can give the looming fans an idea of what style and concept expect from a fast-rising artiste.
I believe the song was planned by the artiste to adopt a unique concept, a freestyle type of thing. The music looks as though it has no structure but I can tell it was all planned. The song started and went all the way to the end without the repetition of any part of the song, no hooks, no chorus. Is it something a new artiste wants to experiment with? Well, a few have done it in the past and have made major marks with break-out songs with a similar concepts. Does this make this song unique? Well, until the acceptance becomes greater than it currently is, I will remain confused about this.
The promotional approach that has been adopted by Orecords or the PR team is quite simple and in line with tradition. We noticed hashtags that have been developed for the sole promotion of this song on various social media platforms, even though the promotions seem shortlived, we believe it’s a drive in the right direction pending the release of the official video. For those who do not know, the video up there is not the official video of the song Tatashe by Lucid and even that fact gives us a feeling of anticipation and hope for greater strides by this young artiste and his team. Hopefully, we might update this article when the official video drops but for now, let’s look at how this song has scored on our ratings.