BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – KITTITIAN rapper SMI (St. Kitts Most Incredible) has released his first track for 2012, where he is showcasing his vocal skills for the first time.
The new track is called ‘Tsunami Love’, which describes a rollercoaster relationship that seems to be going nowhere.
In the song SMI, whose real name is Gustave Smith, is asking God to send a wave to wash away the relationship which causes too much heartache.
“The beat, which was done by Cliff Richards of Hungry Frogs Productions, is what inspired the song. The song was also inspired by personal events in a relationship but the beat really brought out the lyrics,” he said.
Smith said that his mentor and fellow artiste V.P was the one who encouraged him to sing vocals on a track.
“I wanted to start off the New Year with something different,” he said.
Many may know SMI from past hits like ‘I Stay Fresh’, ‘Why you still here’ and ‘Bout My Money’ as the Sandy Pointer who has been releasing tracks since the age of 14.
His last album ‘Hood Famous’ was released in April 2008, and since then he has not released a new album, but is hoping to release a CD with new tracks soon.
He believes strongly that there is not much support for hip-hop/rap artistes and hopes that the society would support the genre more locally.
“The whole society has gone Jamaican; people don’t pay much attention to other genres like they do with dancehall/reggae and if they do focus on hip-hop, they focus on the international artistes. But I will still continue with my music.”
Another issue that affects the local music industry, in his opinion, is that there is too much bickering amongst artistes.
“We’re not united. Artistes have to develop mutual respect even if they don’t believe in what the others are doing and collaborate more,” he said.
Smith said he would like to collaborate musically with Sound Official formerly known as Underground and also with newcomers G-Fli N King Smo.
He hopes to release new music throughout the year and not get side-tracked.