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Reggae star Gyptian making waves in U.S. and abroad

VP Records artist Gyptian
VP Records artist Gyptian
courtesy of VP Records

Dancehall crooner Gyptian is riding a wave of success in the United States, with two of his current singles on rotation at radio stations throughout the country. “Hold You”, a spicy tune over the riddim of the same name delighted reggae fans this summer and was followed up by “Nah Let Go”. “Hold You” gained even more popularity with the release of the remix, which features trendsetting female MC Nikki Minaj, who spits her bars on the track with a surprisingly authentic Caribbean accent (video below).

The VP Records artist has been nominated for “Reggae Artist of the Year” at the 2010 MOBO Awards, scheduled to be presented on October 20 in Liverpool, England, where he faces competition from fellow label mate Gappy Ranks. Gyptian is enjoying such mainstream success right now, that the video for “Nah Let Go” was even featured on BET’s 106 & Park, which usually focuses on R&B and hip-hop music. The video was crowned “New Joint of the Day” on the show.

Gyptian will be performing at stops in New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. during October, before kicking off a European tour that will run from October 13 to November 13.  Before that, European fans can get a taste of him at the BBC 1Xtra Live performance taking place on Saturday, September 25 at Wembley Arena in London. Gyptian will take the stage with other superstars including hit rapper B.O.B. and pop/R&B sensation Jason Derulo.

At a time when fellow dancehall artists are embroiled in controversy, including accusations of drug offenses and being stripped of passports and travel rights to the U.S. and other countries, Gyptian so far seems to be managing to steer clear of trouble and reaping the rewards of his talents.

More information about the BBC 1Xtra Live concert can be found at the event’s website. For an artist profile and tour schedule for Gyptian, check out his site on VP Records.