Hailing from Jamaica's small parish of St. Andrews, Windel Beneto Edwards, better known by his stage name Gyptian, has become one of dancehall's hottest artists. Gyptian's parents were the first to recognize his unique talent at age 7. Shortly after discovering his gift, Gyptian's parents introduced him to record producer Mr. Wong, which propelled his career forward. After his win on the local Star Search competition in Portmore, Gyptian began to believe in his own abilities, as this earned him a spot on the bill "The greatest one-night reggae show on earth," known as Sting, back in 2004. Gyptian has been with the premiere NYC based reggae label, VP Records, since the early days of his career and gained notoriety with the release of his first album, I Am Gyptian in 2006.
Since then, Gyptian's popularity has been on a steady rise with Billboard-topping singles like Hold You, released in 2010. This particular single boosted his crossover appeal when hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj remixed the tune, exposing his music to a broader audience. The single held strong for weeks on the charts and gained him recognition form numerous outlets.
Watch the official video for Hold You here on KingstonToLA.
Last year, Gyptian released All On Me, a summertime anthem for VP Records' annual Reggae Gold Compilation. This year, he followed that effort up with a new single, Jiggle Jiggle. Jiggle Jiggle is backed on the same popular Jambe-An riddim that spawned Charly Black’s summer hit “Party Animal." The single quickly garnered popularity as it zipped through many reggae and dancehall stations across the globe. The renowned dancehall dance crew from New York, the Danca Family, recorded a tribute video for the new dancehall tune.
Watch the Danca Family's rendition here:
The video was directed by Zurisaddai Corona JR. and produced by Blacka Di Danca. Dancers: Blacka Di Danca, Aliyah Ali, Korie Genius, Ines Antic, Devious Danca and Linda Enough.
Evidence of his continued crossover appeal, the official music video for Jiggle Jiggle recently made it's debut on BET Jams. Watch the video here:
*Featured images courtesy of @RealGyptian's Instagram page.