MUSIC: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

By: Lebo Nefolovhodwe (@Lebilulu22)

It is refreshing to find a rapper who is making a sincere album, that gives listeners a front row seat into the psychological hurdles he encounters, as he tries to juggle the two loves of his life: hip-hop and the woman who’s been by his side since the beginning.

Artist: Reason
Album: Audio3D
Available: iTunes, Bandcamp, Musica Stores

Music and transcendence. This is what happened when a young rapper from Katlehong, Gauteng decided to grace our ears with the release of his second studio album, Audio3D. Sizwe ‘Reason’ Moeketsi, signed under Motif records, is a refreshing hip-hop talent who gained respect from the South African hip-hop community when he released his first studio album, The Reasoning. The album garnered four stars in Hype magazine, positioning it as one of South Africa’s highest rated albums of 2010.  Reason’s Audio3D is what I would simply describe as unfiltered. A kaleidoscope of hip-hop (as expected), rock, electro, and soul combined with thought provoking, distinctly African lyrics.

It is refreshing to find a rapper who is making a sincere album, that gives listeners a front row seat into the psychological hurdles he encounters, as he tries to juggle the two loves of his life: hip-hop and the woman who’s been by his side since the beginning.  Contrary to the often (gender) exclusionary nature of hip-hop, Audio 3D has many singles that women can identify with and enjoy like ‘Tla K’o Bone’, ‘You Can Be Such a Brat’, ‘Stay’, and ‘I Love You’.

It comes as no surprise that Reason was named Hype magazine’s ‘King of the Bedroom’. In 2006, Reason was also named Emcee of the Month on Yfm’s ‘Rap Activity’. One of my favourite songs on the album is a song that I think should be a daily anthem for all young women on the rise, Do It Like I Can. This song is the first release from Audio3D  and a message to all the haters, “it’s so unfortunate that you can’t do it like I can.”

Further Listening:

You can find more of Reason’s sounds on Reason Audio3D Bandcamp and Rhymes & Reason blogspot.

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