Gyptian, "Hold Yuh"

88 Billboard Rating

Not since Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go," which hit No. 14 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2003, has an underground reggae artist garnered as much attention in the United States as Jamaica's own Gyptian. His latest track, "Hold Yuh," which entered the March 27 chart at No. 78, features a basic Ricky Blaze-helmed production with a six-chord piano arrangement and a bassline that perfectly weaves in and out of the beat. "Gal, me wanna fi just squeeze ya, put me ting right around ya," Gyptian sings in his island twang. "Me want a gal who can wine pon me, wit it good/And make me feel it, show me that you could girl." Just when Wonder decided to let go, Gyptian has taken hold of alternative reggae and brought it back to life.