Reggae G.A.P.P.S recording artist Oral ‘Splicerr Ras’ Williams is generating much heat stateside with his breakout single, ‘Need To Get Paid’.
The song has soared to the number 22 position of the New York Foundation Radio Network Top 100 Chart, a major ethnic reggae chart in the US.
“The response has been phenomenal so far. It’s been getting a lot of views via social media platforms and some disc jockeys have begun to pay attention,” he said.
The single is a blues-flavoured, reggae-hybrid track that has been popping up on playlists at several Internet radio stations.
Released in June 2016, the song is the lead single of his soon-to-be-released EP, Mid Life Crysalis.
In the meantime, the artiste’s follow-up single, There For Me , will be released soon in the Caribbean.
“I am confident that it will get some traction,” he said.
The artist’s first performance for 2017 will be at Club Taboo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 11.
Splicerr Ras has been an artiste for almost two decades. Dancehall fans will remember his minor chart hit, Montell, a 1996 response to then popular Skettel, on Steelie and Cleevie’s Gigi rhythm.
In 1994, he got his first taste of commercial success when he recorded You Can’t Test My Sound, a collaboration with Dawn Penn which climbed to number 25 on the reggae chart in the UK.
He later did a number of tours and stage shows, where he performed alongside icons of reggae such as Freddie McGregor and Sanchez.
Over the years, he has honed his music production skills and widened his artistic repertoire to include graphic designing, videography and web development.
He tweaked his name, adding an ‘r’ to Splicerr, an acronym which means: ‘Solid Positive Life Interesting Candid Educating Relentless and Real’.
He re-emerged on the music scene in a big way in 2006 when he produced Luciano’s Only Jah Jah, which peaked at number seven on the New York reggae chart
“Now, I am recording and producing music that can teach and inspire and that is relevant to a global audience,” Splicerr said.