Recording artiste Gyptian burst in the music industry when he released his single 'Serious Times' 15 year ago. The single was inspired by the crime and violence the island was facing back then. The track topped charts both locally and internationally and was declared song of the year. After 15 years since the release of the track, Gyptian says the song to this day still connects with people. Following his performance at Sumfest 2020 last weekend, he expressed that the message in the song is to be thankful for everyday above ground.
Labelling the single as a ‘real masterpiece’, the recording artiste said even though he did not predict how successful the track would have been, it was something special from the beginning. “Mi did know it woulda last for generations to come because it’s a song that was well put together, well structured. A real masterpiece. There are certain songs that you just know will hit as an artiste, and that was one of them.” He wants other artistes to do more songs that are of substance.
He expressed that in order for the music to truly span decades and attain ‘classic’ status, it has to maintain a certain standard. “If yuh check all a di songs dem weh Gyptian sing, dem always relevant whenever dem play. What I do is songs of substance, songs with meaning, songs for a cause,” he said. “Songs that have purpose will never get old, and if we recognize that as artistes, our craft will always be relevant.”
Gyptian, who was one of the performers for night two of this year’s virtual show of Reggae Sumfest, delivered one of the best performances of the night as he belted out hits such as 'Beautiful Lady', 'Hol’ Yuh' and a tribute to the late Gregory Isaacs with a performance of his mega-hit, 'Love Is Overdue'.