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Gyptian My Name Is

It was only two years ago that roots crooner I-Wayne was being hailed as the future of reggae, but an uneven album didn't equal the promise of a couple of hot singles. Like I-Wayne, Gyptian frequently employs falsetto voce to carry across conscious themes, yet My Name Is rests on a solid red-gold-and-green bedrock-it would be an above-average album even without the instant classic "Serious Times." DJ Flavor's riddims continue dancehall's retro-influenced trend with rub-a-dub bubblers and meditative nyahbinghi drumming, while Gyptian alternates between two personas: common man in love and concerned Rasta.

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