Reggae/Dancehall superstar, Gyptianhas topped the U.S. Billboard Reggae Chart thanks to his new album,Sex, Love and Reggae, breaking a Jamaican drought on the charts in the process.
According to reports, Sex, Love and Reggaetopped the chart with 1,290 copies sold in its opening week, becoming the first album by a Jamaican artist to top the chart since Beres Hammond’s One Life, One Love last October. The album more than doubles the output garnered for his last studio album, Hold Yuh, which sold just a touch over 500 copies and peaked in second spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart in 2010.
Gyptian has been doing a promotional tour for the album over the last month in the U.S. and U.K. respectively, performing mainly club venues throughout the tour.
Sex, Love and Reggae features several international names, including Melanie Fiona on One More Time,Estelle (Majestic Love) and Bunji Garlin, amongst several others.
His last album featured the award-winning, chart-topping single, Hold Yuh, which was certified gold in the United States with over 500,000 copies and silver in the United Kingdom, with over 200,000 units sold.
Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold.
On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced by Ricky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrock achieved such status in 2005.
Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Gyptian hopes to re-create international buzz for himself two years after his biggest hit to date, with the upcoming release of his new album.
After topping overseas charts and copping a Soul Train award with his popular single, Hold Yuh in 2010, Gyptian seeks similar success as he will unveil a new studio album dubbed, Sex, Love and Reggae in the first quarter of 2013. The compilation is a follow-up to a new, six-song EP that the Serious Times singer, released under the same name.
The Sex, Love and Reggae EP includes covers of classic songs such as One More Night by Gregory Isaacs and True Colours by Cyndi Lauper.
Internationally regarded Jamaican producer, John ‘Jon FX’ Crawford has once again displayed his affinity for the unique sound on his newest compilation, the Dubstep Fusion Riddim.
Known for creating the highly acclaimed Cloud Nine Riddim as well as working with several Reggae superstars such as I-Wayne, Buju Banton and Sizzla, Jon FX has become one of the island’s most recognized producers; earning consistently high marks for his versatility and ability to create unprecedented sounds. Now, Jon FX has joined forces with present and future Dancehall/Reggae superstars on the Dubstep Fusion Riddim, creating an atmosphere on this project fitting for fans of various genres with the use of UK-based electronic music, otherwise known as Dubstep; a sound fitting for any dance floor.
Award-winning Reggae singer, Gyptian hails as the biggest name on Dubstep Fusion as he once again collaborates with Jon FX for the single, Take Me Away. Having previously produced some of Gyptian’s biggest hits to date such as, I Can Feel Your Pain and Nah Let Go, Jon FX once again enlisted the Hold Yuh singer’s services for his Dubstep Fusion compilation.
In Take Me Away, Gyptian creates an aura of paradise for his legions of female fans as he talks of the most pleasurable experiences with a woman and the ability to make her feel happy, whether through love making or just spending quality time together. The single sparks memories of Gyptian’s early days as a baby faced singer who would make a woman’s heart melt once she heard his voice.
In addition to Gyptian, Jon FX used his newest project as a way to showcase Canadian-based Dancehall/Reggae talent on a mainstream scale. One such talent that features on the Dubstep Fusion Riddim isAlty-B, who continues his strong run of form on the single, Girl. Having already released hits such as No More and Love Ah Come Dung so far this summer, Girl once again proves Alty-B’s plaudits as a singjay as he seeks out the woman who captures his eyes and pours out his heart and affection for her. With No More (Smoke Shop Productions) already gaining significant airplay, Girl will surely follow along the similar trail to success.
Producer turned deejay, Faze shows his swag and love for the social scene with his single, Party Animal as he looks to rock the Canadian clubs while fellow up-and-comer, Squaddy get the women moving to the beat through his effort, Slow Wine and emerging deejay, Five Star shows his versatility on From When.
For fans of Dancehall, Reggae and dance music, the Dubstep Fusion Riddim once again adds credence to Jon FX’s growing legacy while setting the foundation for younger artistes to make their names internationally.
On Sunday, sons and daughters across the world will show love to the women who brought them life on Mother’s Day.
As a show of respect to mothers and the struggles they had to bare, many artistes across various genres have dedicated songs to them in an effort to show their appreciationfor all they sacrificed. Several Dancehall and Reggae superstars have similarly poured their hearts out to pay homage to the concept of motherhood and the burdens that came along with that responsibility.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s a list of ten songs done by current Jamaican artistes that were dedicated to Moms or the evolving concept of motherhood.
10. Jahvinci – Mama Don’t Worry: Former Portmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci had showcased some of his potential as a hybrid artiste with songs like Money and Christmas Story. However, his prospects first shone in the summer of 2009 with Mama Don’t Cry, a song wholly dedicated towards those who promise better days for their mothers, even during the worst of times. Additionally, the song reflects on the struggles his mother went through to care for him and the emotional toll motherhood can take.
9. Jahvinci – Mama Love: Just months before his departure from the Empire, Jahvinci scored another hit while a member of the ‘Gaza group’ with Mama Love in March 2011 on the Eternal Riddim. This song was seemingly more personal for Jahvinci as he spoke to growing up in the ghetto but managing to overcome the daily struggles and dangers of the inner city thanks to the love and support of his mother. It gave Jahvinci noteworthy acclaim on the local music scene and helped build the singjay’s reputation as a promising prospect, even after leaving Vybz Kartel’s crew in May of last year.
8. Bounty Killer – Mama’s Love: Originally done in early 2011, Bounty Killer spoke highly of his love for his mother Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, as he often did on previous singles like Mama Ivy Last Son and Mama U Know. Mama’s Love gave credence once again to the dedication and determination that mothers show while also speaking of how his mother raised him and encouraged him throughout his childhood and rise to superstardom.
The single was re-released in February after Miss Ivy passed away following a long battle with illness while the Dancehall fraternity showed strong support for Bounty Killer when holding a wake in honor of his mother.
7. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Mama: During his hay day in the late 80s and early 90s, a young Ziggy Marley showed his love for Mama in song as he and the Melody Makers released the sizzling Reggae single, Mama. Not only did this song honor the strength and persistence that his mother showed, but Marley also described the essence of motherhood and how well they spread their love.
6. Lady Saw – No Less Than a Woman (Infertility): For every mother able to bare the joy of carrying a child in their womb, there are some women who’re unfortunately unable to bare children of their own. One of those women is the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw who stunned her hardcore Dancehall following in 2007 with the release of No Less Than a Woman (Infertility), speaking of her past miscarriages and sadness of not being able to have children.
With three adopted children of her own, Lady Saw used No Less Than a Woman as a way to inspire women who endured similar fates to keep their heads up while suggesting that there are many Jamaican children without parents, looking for mothers to love and take care of them. The song received high praise within local music circles as she spoke up for women in similar circumstances.
5. Gyptian – Mama Don’t Cry: In 2006, Gyptian became a household name when he released his debut album, I Am Gyptian, featuring smash hits like Serious Times, Beautiful Lady and Mama. The latter single painted an eloquent picture of a man who strives to make it on his own while attempting to make life better for himself and his mother.
The visuals for Mama followed suit, showing how life in the inner city was a major struggle for him and his mother to the point where his mother feared the worst. However, Gyptian’s lyrics of encouragement resonated with many who were in similar situations as his scintillating voice won the hearts and support of fans across the world.
4. Garnett Silk – Hello Mama Africa: The concept of motherhood isn’t just limited to women. Sometimes, it can be a place which one calls home, as shown by late great Reggae singer, Garnett Silk in Hello Mama Africa. Paying homage to the continent of Africa while showing his devout beliefs in Rastafari, Silk flourished as one of Reggae’s most promising acts of the 90s with Hello Mama Africa as he speaks of one day returning to the Motherland while speaking of the joy that the continent brought to him.
A remix of the single was later done with fellow Reggae superstars and friends, Buju Banton and Anthony B and since Silk’s untimely death in 1994, Hello Mama Africa remains one of Reggae music’s most thought provoking singles.
3. Sizzla – Black Woman and Child: Again dealing with a greater concept of motherhood, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonji ascended to superstar status after the release of Black Woman and Child in 1997. Speaking of his admiration for black women raising their children through the toughest of times, Sizzla spoke to the long road that black women had to overcome dating back to the days of slavery. Additionally, he put the emphasis on one natural love and support instead of a reliance on material things.
Black Woman and Child was the title track of Sizzla’s 1997 album which was later named as a top 50 Reggae album of all time by MOJO Magazine in 2002 and is regarded by many fans as Kalonji’s best compilation to date.
2. Vybz Kartel – Mama: Easily Dancehall’s most controversial artiste, Vybz Kartel once again showed his trait of unpredictability with Mama; a conscious effort dedicated towards honoring all the achievements and efforts his mother made in order to provide a better life for him and their family.
Kartel also called out those men who fail to take care of their mothers; instead spending their money on random women while leaving the main women in their lives to suffer. A chart-topping single added to his already rich resume’, Kartel referred to his mother and others as queens who should be given their rightful respect as they gave up so much just to make their children happy.
1. Sizzla – Thank You Mama: It was the first single that Sizzla ever put to visuals and may still be his most impactful single to date. With a simple message relaying all the pain and pressure mothers have to bear when having children, Sizzla reflected on his own days a child with his mother and the belief that he and his mother would one day overcome.
Thank You Mama dominated Reggae charts, won over fans from all corners of the world and made Sizzla a global phenomenon. The single remains a universal anthem for celebrating motherhood and will surely be played a plethora of times this Mother’s Day.
Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he’ll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.
Beenie Man will appear on Minaj’s upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.
According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.
The latest reggae mix from @MixtapeYardy filled with 53 of the best reggae tracks out from Jamaica. The mix starts off with the latest production from Head Concussion Records, called High Times Riddim, featuring Chan Dizzy, Rasco, Erup and Hollow Point..then roll straight to riddims like Real Reggae, Kingston 13, Cool Out, Heart and Soul. #BUSSABLANKVOL3 also features artistes Sizzla Kalonji, Chris Martin, Bucanneer, I-Shenko, Tilibop, Roman Virgo, Da Professor, Protoje, Kymani Marley, Tarrus Riley + more!
Reggae music brings people together, Reggae music the world prefer.
01.INTRO – BUSS A BLANK V3
02.CHAN DIZZY – HERBALIST
03.RASCO – RUDE BWOY RANKIN
04.HOLLOW POINT – NAH LAUGH
05.ERUP – FOREVER
06.HIGH TIMES RIDDIM
07.PROTOJE – WHO DEM A PROGRAM
08.DA PROFESSOR – PEACE AND UNITY
09.GYPTIAN – REGGAE MORNING
10.RAYVON – SELECTA
11.J-BOOG – LOW THE GUNS
12.SHAGGY & TARRUS RILEY – JUST ANOTHER GIRL
13.ALAINE – AVALANCHE
With his new album “Summer In Kingston” currently nominated in the “Best Reggae Album” Category of the 2012 Grammy Award Ceremony slated for February 12th in Los Angeles California, International reggae superstar Shaggy was the special guest this morning Monday December 19th on NBC’s popular Morning Time program “The Today Show”.
The Today Show which has an estimated 6.4 million viewers is rated as the best Morning program in America and to date has seen performances from some of the biggest stars in music such as Chris Brown Kate Perry, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Rihanna.
Shaggy who did a short interview with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb later performed his hit single “Sugarcane” with a live band in studios.
In other news Shaggy alongside his team at the Make A Difference Charity Foundation is kicking their promotion for the 3rd staging of the Shaggy & Friends Concert into full gear.
The show which was previously scheduled for December 30th will now take place on January 7th, 2012 on the Lawns Of Jamaica House.
The confirmed line up for the show will see performances from Lauryn Hill, Maxi Priest, half Pint, Cocoa Tea, Deneice Williams, I Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin AKA Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Gyptian and Mr. Vegas.
Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Gyptian will perform at the upcoming New Year’s Ever celebrations at Times Square in New York City.
The popular singjay is one of the headliners slated to perform on MTV’s coverage of the New Year’s celebrations on December 31. Regarded as one of the largest New Year’s celebrations worldwide, over 2 million viewers on average view the Billboard screen in Manhattan for all the performances and happening during the celebration preluding the traditional dropping of the ball at midnight.
Talking to IRIE FM after he was informed of the news, Gyptian expressed his gratitude for the honor; relaying the notion that a Reggae artiste’s ability to make it upon this kind of international stage shows how far Jamaica and the genre have come.
“For Reggae and for us as a little island to be far, it’s a good look. For one of your own to be doing it…how better can it get? It must be better and greater,” Gyptian said.
Popular Dancehall selector and occasional deejay, Steven “Supa Hype” Davis, has taken an in-depth look at the highs and lows of the genre as he aims to build off his recent success.
Supa Hype, known for doing good-natured song counteractions of Dancehall deejays, is enjoying the positive reviews regarding his latest singles, She Gone on the Overproof Riddim and I’mma Need Security featuring Munga and Chi Ching Ching. Preparing to go on tour in Europe later this year, Supa Hype says he’s reveling in his accomplishments as a dual threat.
However, the owner of 007 Records was concerned after hearing that a shooting occurred at his St. Andrew studio following an altercation between Reggae superstar, Gyptian and prominent producer, DJ Frass. Supa Hype told TVJ’s Entertainment Report that he was disturbed by the incident; claiming that his perspective on music has somewhat changed as a result.
“A radio station called me about it. I didn’t like anyting to do wid dat. Di only ting I carry is a BB so I’m not into those tings. I don’t have a big ego, so I have a problem with that,”Supa Hype intimated.
Internationally acclaimed singjay, Windel Beneto Edwards, more popularly known as Gyptian, is the subject of controversy following a drunken rant recently captured on video
A video surfaced Thursday on wickedhype.com with the “Beautiful Lady” singer in studio addressing how his collaboration with American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj came about for the “Hold Yuh” remix. According to Gyptian, Minaj never jumped on the original “Hold Yuh” single when asked to voice the song. Once the single gained international acclaim, Gyptian implied that’s when Minaj decided to do the collaboration.
“Is a f**k up b, guess wah bun me out a everything and den di gal a jump pon di song. Di b***h a get $25,000 from VP dem fi get di bloodc***t song hard and never bloodc***t go pon di song, and when di song go out and get big now she jump pon di song off a her own. First ting she ask when dem ask her fi voice pon di song, Who Gyptian? She nuh kno mi,” Gyptian said.
Then, when producers in the studio intimated that Gyptian wasn’t an artiste who called out other artistes via Twitter, the singjay replied, “I’m not Vegas,” referring to prominent, veteran deejay, Mr. Vegas.
“Vegas mi an’ yuh no vex, but mi want yuh stop do wha yuh a do, yeah, da bag a chatting chatting dem an’ chat bad bout di bag a artist dem, especially me man, yuh sound like a sissy man. Mi cyaah even seh p***y cah u rich an’ yuh know yuh have u ting lock already,” a seemingly drunk Gyptian said.
This controversy comes five weeks following an incident in which an argument between Gyptian and veteran producer, DJ Frass led to the shooting death of a man at Supa Hype’s recording studio at Dumbarton Avenue in St. Andrew. Gyptian was reportedly questioned and released by the Major Investigation Task force following the incident.
Contrary to prior reports, Reggae superstar, Gyptian is not in police custody for questioning regarding a shooting incident that occurred on Monday night at the studio of fellow, well-renowned producer, Steven “Supa Hype” Davis.
An argument between Gyptian & prominent Dancehall producer, Kimani “DJ Frass” Palmer regarding a song the “Hold Yuh” singer recorded on Frass’ Riddim escalated into a heated altercation. Frass left Supa Hype’s studio and allegedly returned with a group of men who proceeded to drape up & grab Gyptian. When it appeared one of the men was reaching for his waist, a group of armed men entered the studio; shooting & killing the man before they sped off in a getaway car.
Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Gyptian & prominent Dancehall producer, Kimani “DJ Frass” Palmer have turned themselves in to local authorities; facing questioning regarding a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday night. The shooting took place at the recording studio of well-renowned Dancehall producer, Steven “Supa Hype” Davis in St. Andrew.
Reportedly, the shooting happened as a result of an argument between Gyptian & DJ Frass; a dispute over a track that the “Hold Yuh” singer voiced on Frass’ Riddim. The dispute became increasingly intense; prompting Frass to leave the studio & return moments later, accompanied by several men. Allegedly, Frass & the men proceeded to drape Gyptian & grab him by the waist & one of the men appeared to be reaching for his waist to draw a weapon. When that took place, a group of armed men then entered the recording studio; opening fire & hitting a 27 year old man multiple times.
Tragedy took hold of Prominent Dancehall producer, Steven “Supa Hype” Davis’ studio on Monday after a man was reportedly killed following an argument that developed between Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Gyptian & veteran Dancehall producer, DJ Frass.
Reportedly, Gyptian & DJ Frass were discussing a track that the “Nah Let Go” singer had voiced on Frass’ Riddim while at Supa Hype’s Studio at Dumbarton Avenue in St. Andrew. The discussion then evolved into a heated argument between the Dancehall/Reggae personalities; prompting Frass, real name Kimani Palmer to leave the studio. When Frass returned, he allegedly brought men with him; one of them grabbing Gyptian, real name Windel Beneto Edwards in the waist.
The argument reached its breaking point when one of the men appeared to be reaching towards his waist for a gun. That’s when one of Gyptian’s friends pulled his gun and shot after the man; killing him on the spot. No further details of the incident have been released at this time.
DJ Frass is renowned for several hit Riddims such as the Israel Riddim, The Shadow Riddim & more recently, the Hot Patty Riddim featuring an exchange of diss songs between disc jock turned deejay Tony Matterhorn & popular comedic duo, Twin of Twins.
Meanwhile, Gyptian, who scored the internationally acclaimed & award winning single, “Hold Yuh” in 2010 is renowned for classics such as “Beautiful Lady,” “I Can Feel Your Pain” & “Serious Times.”
Internationally acclaimed Reggae artiste, Siccature Alcock, more popularly known as Jah Cure has been omitted from the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards’ list of contenders for the Best Reggae Act award due to prior convictions.
United Kingdom newspaper, The Sun confirmed on their website that Jah Cure was dropped from the category due to his past convictions on gun possession & rape charges stemming from an alleged 1999 incident when the singer was just 19 years old. Cure spent 8 years in jail for the offenses prior to his release in 2007 and whilst maintaining his innocence regarding the allegations to date, he has released a plethora of hit singles such as “Unconditional Love,” “Call On Me,” featuring Phyllisia, “You’ll Never Find” & “Like I See It” featuring popular Dancehall singjay, Mavado & American hip-hop superstar, Rick Ross.
Jah Cure’s removal from the MOBO Awards nominees list is not the first of its kind for a Jamaican artiste. In 2004, Dancehall heavyweights, Vybz Kartel & Elephant Man, who were also nominated for the Best Reggae Act award, were axed from the category after allegedly singing homophobic lyrics
This year will mark the 16th edition of the MOBO Awards; the first ever awards show to recognize urban music in Europe. The show, launched by CEO, Kanya King MBE annually takes place in Britain and will be held this year at the SECC Glasgow in Scotland. The show has featured a myriad of top-ranking, international acts from differing genres such as Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Usher & the late Amy Winehouse to name a few. Gyptian won the Best Reggae Act award last year; facing competition from the like of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Vybz Kartel, Mavado & U.K based Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Gappy Ranks.
Jah Cure recently made headlines for his highly publicized wedding last month; marrying Jamaican media personality, Kamila McDonald at a private ceremony at the Tryall Club, close to the singer’s place of birth in Montego Bay.
It’s no secret that many artistes and producers in the dancehall/reggae music industry have had acrimonious splits with industry giant, VP Records. As recently as last night, Wayne Wonder was on TVJ’s ER programme, talking about his recent departure from the VP Records camp, meanwhile popular reggae producer Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor took to his Twitter page, website and other online channels recently, with allegations of wrongdoings by VP Records.
Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor is one of the best young roots-reggae producers in Jamaica. His excellent track record speaks for itself when it comes to producing hit rhythms and penning world-class songs. Along with writing he produces his own beats which has proved to be a winning combination with artistes such as Gyptian, Etana, Nesbeth, Richie Spice and Lutan Fyah, Gramps Morgan, just to name a few, and he has worked with major artistes like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Glen Washington, Coco Tea, Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Capleton and Beenie Man.
Flava’s hit list includes songs such as Nesbeth’s Guns Out, Etana’s I Am Not Afraid, Gramps’ One In A Million, among others.
Below we’ve featured a clip of an exclusive audio interview of Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, by Daddy Turbo from the UK. This interview was aired on Monday night (February 7) on Daddy Turbo’s weekly Reggae & Dancehall Link Up Show on ICR FM 105.7 (icrfm.co.uk). Check it out:
VP Records recording artists Gyptian andEtana team up for a tour that is set to take selected U.S. cities by storm. Kicking off on March 3 in Indianapolis and culminating on March 11 in Columbus, Ohio, the East Coast-meets-Midwest tour will take Reggae music and these shining stars to fans far and wide.
Etana is celebrating her brand-new album Free Expressions, which was released on February 8, 2011. This, her sophomore studio effort, sees a softer side of the songbird and features long-time hit singles such as “Free,” “Happy Heart”and “August Town.” Her new single “People Talk” has people talking and its video is in the can and about to hit airwaves shortly.
Gyptian has been busy touring the globe ever since the release of his album Hold You, back in July 2010. Enjoying the immense success of his breakout single and Billboard hit “Hold You,” the soulful singer has been taking his catalog to longtime fans and gaining new ones as he continues on his musical journey. Now armed with his bubbling new single “Nah Let Go,” and with both the song and video currently enjoying airplay worldwide, he’s bound to keep his fans clamoring for more.
U.S. Tour Dates for Gyptian and Etana 03/03/11 Indianapolis, Indiana – Caribbean Village
03/04/11 Charlotte, North Carolina – Twilight Bar & Grill
03/05/11 Syracuse University, New York – The Underground
03/06/11 Washington, D.C. – DC Star Nightclub
03/07/11 Bridgeport, Connecticut – Toad’s Place
03/08/11 Louisville, Kentucky – Tailgators Bar & Grill
03/09/11 St. Louis, Missouri - Club 2720
03/10/11 Kansas City, Kansas – G’Jamaican
03/11/11 Columbus, Ohio – Al Rosa Villa
VP Records recording artist Gyptian is honored with the 2010 Soul Train Award for ‘Best Reggae Artist’,picking up the iconic trophy following his featured performance during the show, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, November 10. The Soul Train Awards was hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard and airs on both BET and Centric on Sunday, November 28 at 9pm EST.
The reggae category presentation followed Gyptian’s performance that lit up the house with Jamaica flags on the big screens and green, yellow and black splashed across the stage, silhouetting backup dancers under the guidance of famed celeb choreographer Fatima Robinson. Gyptian first teased the crowd with his new single “Nah Let Go” before breaking into his smash breakout hit, “Hold You,” much to the crowd’s delight.
“I came all the way from the beautiful island of Jamaica to win this prestigious award,” stated an elated Gyptian during his acceptance speech. “Thank you to BET, Centric and Soul Train for this tremendous recognition.” Gyptian also thanked the entire VP Records team and all hisfans worldwide for supporting him from day one.
Gyptian was also a featured speaker at a forum for TheGrammy Foundation in collaboration with Centric prior to the show, along with comedian Chris Spencer and VP Records’ Vice President/Marketing and Promotions Cristy Barber, where they addressed Atlanta-based students pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment. He later mingled with fellow entertainment personalities, including singers NeYo and Erykah Badu, actress and show host Taraji P. Henson, actor Lamman Rucker, BET’sA. J. Calloway and even CNN’s Wolf Blizter, just to name a few of the hundreds of celebs who turned out for the legendary musical event.
This is the second major award for Gyptian this year. He nabbed the 2010 MOBO Award for ‘Best Reggae Artist’ in October in Liverpool, England. Gyptian broke from his sold-out European tour to perform at the Soul Train Awards, and just finished opening for Mary J. Blige at the O2 Arenaduring her UK tour before flying to Atlanta.
Gyptian’s album Hold You is now available in stores and online. Both singles, “Nah Let Go” and “Hold You” are also available on iTunes, and“Hold You” was released on iTunes UK just last week. The smash single has already sold nearly 300,000 digital units thus far.
VP Records recording artist Gyptian received his trophy for the 2010 MOBO Award live during the ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on Tuesday, October 20, 2010. Awarded the ‘Best Reggae Artist of the Year,’ Gyptian took the stage to accept his prestigious statue infront of a packed house and millions viewing around the world.
“It’s an overwhelming feeling winning my first international award,” reveals an elated Gyptian. ”Give thanks to VP Records, miles ahead in reggae, give thanks to my fans, my management and everyone who has been supporting me on this incredible journey.”
Gyptian’s singles “Hold You” and ”Nah Let Go” and the respective videos have been receiving steady airplay across the UK ever since the release of his album, Hold You, from VP Records in July 2010. He is currently touring Europe and took a quick break to attend the MOBO Awards, which was televised live on BBC 3. Gyptian resumes his tour tonight, opening for Omarion in Manchester, and will also join Mary J. Blige for her UK tour in November, opening for her London and Birmingham shows.
Gyptian now heads to the Soul Train Awards on November 10 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is nominated for “Best Reggae Artist” and will also be a featured performer during the show, airing on BET and CENTRIC on November 28 at 9pm.
The Music of Black Origin or MOBO Awards are held annually in the U.K. and is the first awards show in Europe to honor urban music. It attracts the largest primetime multicultural audience and reaches over 250 million people, worldwide. Gyptian shared the nomination with fellow VP Records artist, Gappy Ranks.
VP Records recording artist Gyptian continues to rack up nominations this awards’ season with his nomination for ‘Best Reggae Artist’ at this year’s Soul Train Awards. The reggae singer will also be performing live at the awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, November 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the Soul Train Awards will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9pm.
Gyptian joins a hotlist of the top entertainers in music today at CENTRIC’s second undertaking of the annual awards, including Alicia Keys and Usher who both lead the pack with four nominations, Drake with three nods, and Monica, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Sade with two each. Also joining Gyptian on stage for live performances are Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Keyshia Cole, R. Kelly, Badu, Cee-Lo and more, proving to be an exciting night for music and for reggae’s reigning star.
Gyptian currently has two songs in rotation on radio with his breakout hit “Hold You” and his new smash “Nah Let Go,” both singles from his current album, Hold You, released from VP Records in July 2010. With a solid foundation and fan base, the versatile entertainer now sees his international acclaim grow, and has already seen collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and Mary J. Blige, and will be joining Blige for her UK tour on November 2-3 in England.
This is the second major award nomination for Gyptian, as he’s also nominated for the 2010 MOBO Award in the UK, also for ‘Best Reggae Artist.’ He will be attending the MOBO Awards on Wednesday, October 20 in Liverpool, England.
“ROCKSTAR” ft. GYPTIAN, TAY DIZM, TRAVIE McCOY (BILLIONAIRE REMIX)
As the Dancehall / Reggae culture continues to grow on the international mainstream market entertainment website DancehallUSA is proud to present the official remix of Travie McCoy’s smash single “Billionaire” ft. Bruno Mars. The remix will feature VP Records latest reggae superstar Gyptian and Nappy Boy Digital recording artist Tay Dizm who was recently signed by the award winning Pop genius T Pain.
According to an abbreviated statement from DancehallUSA who was responsible for the collaboration the remix will be released very soon. “Well basically we wanted to fuse the Dancehall / Reggae culture with the Hip Hop / Pop culture so we reached out to Nappy Boy Digital and they showed interest then we did the same with Gyptian who now has the biggest reggae tune in the world “Hold Yuh” and he also did something for the remix which we believe is a great way to promote different artists”.
Dancehall USA believes this remix along with more to come will allow these artists to get discovered by those all over the world who share different music tastes.
The single will first be released exclusively through www.dancehallusa.com on Thursday Sept 7th @ 6pm
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) – Reggae star Gyptian continues to sizzle this year as he now joins forces with the iconic Mary J. Blige. Gyptian will be breaking from his tour schedule to join the R&B queen on the England leg of her UK tour. He takes the stage on November 2 at The O2 Arena in London, the same venue Michael Jackson was slated to headline for his infamous ‘This Is It’ concert. Gyptian then heads with Blige to the LG Arena in Birmingham on November 3, before resuming his own tour. Gyptian has been touring consistently since releasing his current album Hold You this summer, even joining Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas on several dates of their recent ‘Distant Relatives’ tour in the US.
Gyptian was enlisted for Blige’s new single, ”Anything You Want,” which is expected to be on her new album. The reggae-infused track also features Busta Rhymes and has been receiving steady airplay since its release in early September.
This exciting concert collaboration was secured by Planet Reggae, the new booking division of VP Records/Greensleeves Records, with AEG, the world’s #1 concert production company.
“These are the opportunities that come about by having the #1 record label in reggae enter the live-touring business,” states Neil Robertson, head of Planet Reggae. ”Our brand lends credibility and comfort for the major international talent buyers. When you combine that with a great artist like Gyptian and a manager like Ivor Ruddock, who both understand the bigger picture, you can expect more high profile opportunities which are good for the whole genre.”
Gyptian has been heating up the UK scene recently, with his performance at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in late September, and will return on October 20 for the MOBO Awards, where he’s nominated for ‘Reggae Artist of the Year.’
Still enjoying the growing success of his breakout international hit, “Hold You,” reggae star Gyptian‘s follow-up new single, “Nah Let Go,” is another crowd pleaser. The video for the new single debuts on the #1 most-watched music countdown show in the world, BET’s106 & Park, as the coveted “New Joint” on Thursday, September 16, 2010.
“Nah Let Go” is the second single from Gyptian’s third album, Hold You, released by VP Records in July 2010. The tropical-flavored romantic ballad was just added into rotation on urban radio authority, HOT97 WQHT, in New York.
The video was shot in Gyptian’s homeland of Jamaica, and depicts Gyptian on a rendezvous with his lady love, while lush landscapes of the island countryside provide the perfect backdrop. It was shot by famed Jamaican film and music video director, Rass Kassa. The video is also currently in rotation on MTV Jams,MTVU, Music Choice and MuchVibe in Canada.
106 & Park airs on BET from 6pm to 8pm EST