Davido is probably trying to remind us that despite the dedication to fully catering to his “local” fan base, he still hasn’t lost his international touch.
The instrumental is provided by the famous DJ Mustard and even if you miss his signature, the bouncy beats and groovy snaps easily give him away. Serious digression but I’m yet to understand why he needs h0es to be aware that he’s on the beat.
Pere has got a pretty cool beat to be honest. It is good to know that Mustard is not struggling to give the instrumental any forced “Africanness” because Davido’s voice seems to have that covered. This is purely typical Mustard giving just the right amount of upbeat infectiousness to accommodate any verse from any genre.
Davido’s opening lines go thus:
“If I give you one Pere, you’ll be coming back to me, you’ll be begging me for more…”
I’m sure you already know where the theme of the entire song is headed???????? .
Aaanyway, the Pere title definitely brings back memories of the magic that Wande Coal made with the Mohits family back in 2008. Regardless of the presence of the American superstars, Davido still dominated vocally but I wish he was more invested in the jam. It kinda looks like he heavily rested on his guests to do all the work.
Super kid Swae Lee comes in with what can be said to be an alternative hook strategically placed to cater to a non-Yoruba audience. The idea of taking out a chunk of the instrumental elements on Swae’s part is quite thoughtful. It blends perfectly with his seemingly clueless yet honest livin la vida loca lyrics, perfectly strung together in an easily consumable way.
“If she did it, then she don’t regret it.”
If nothing else, This is one of the rare times when Young Thug’s words are in their most eloquent state. Like yo, I have a hard time deciphering accents but Young Thug makes it an outright disability. Nonetheless, the vibe of his verse is somewhat enjoyable and his fans might just be impressed.
As for Slim Jimmy’s verse, all that can be said is that he seemed quite excited on this track; making his bit quite energetic yet frantic and not so spectacular.
Truthfully (okay with a tinge of bias), Swae’s additional 4 sing-song bars, trumps almost everything on the track: including Davido’s attempt at a verse, later in the song.
Blame it on IF and Fall, but the chances of this song turning into another flash in the pan is sky-scraper high. Internationally, the presence of Young Thug and Swae Lee might give new listeners a reason to hang around a little longer. I cannot categorically vouch for the same within the African premises but who knows?
And please, at what point are we going to collectively ask if this international deal thing is really really really working for Davido?
On a scale of 0 – I want my data refunded, I’ll give this one more listen (just incase i may have judged it rashly) and issa wrap.
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