VP Records and Scikron are proud to announce the release of I-Octane’s debut album, ‘Crying To The Nation,’ available January 31, 2012. ‘Crying To The Nation’ puts I-Octane in a class of his own as one of the next generation’s leaders of the conscious dancehall movement.
Following in a similar vein of his predecessors Sizzla, Capleton and Buju Banton, his lyrics express sentiments of faith, romance, social justice and compassion for the ghetto youth. His brand new single “L.O.V.E Y.O.U,” “Missing You” (remix featuring Assassin aka. Agent Sasco) and “Once More” reflect his emotional sensibility, while songs like “Vanity Will Come,” “All We Need Is Love” (featuring Tarrus Riley) and the title track are filled with positive messages and political leanings, something that the current state of dancehall often lacks.
“I feel good about all the songs I’ve done since I have started out, but this album is very special to me because I got the chance to make the type of songs that I really enjoy and meds the music in a different creative way. My fans will get to see another side of me and after all the challenges I’ve faced in the industry, seeing my first album is a great accomplishment. I give thanks for that,” states I-Octane.
Most of the album’s tracks have never been heard with the exception of the pulsating dancehall anthems “Nuh Love Inna Dem” and “Puff It” as well as “Lose A Friend,” arguably his biggest and most requested song to date. The latter tune hit number #1 on Jamaica’s charts – remaining at the top for approximately 16 weeks – and experienced new life again when Jamaican officials declared a state of emergency after Kingston’s gruesome gang-related attacks.
This year, Billboard magazine enlisted I-Octane as one of their 15 Artists Impacting The Indie Scene. In 2012, ‘Crying To The Nation’ will solidify his position as a multi-faceted reggae artist, proving his reach beyond dancehall with his added repertoire of touching love songs and cultural tunes. This refreshing approach to the genre holds a bright future for the ever-evolving artist.
1. RULES OF LIFE
2. HELP I PLEASE
3. VANITY WILL COME
4. NUH LOVE INNA DEM
5. PUFF IT
6. NO MORE VIOLENCE
7. SYSTEM A BEAT DEM
8. ZION AWAITS
9. L.O.V.E. Y.O.U
10. MISSING YOU (FT. ASSASSIN aka. AGENT SASCO)
11. ONCE MORE
12. THE MASTERS PLAN
13. LOSE A FRIEND
14. ALL WE NEED IS LOVE (FT. TARRUS RILEY)
15. CRYING TO THE NATION
16. STILL HOLDING ON
17. SPACE FOR ALL OF US (FT. ALBOROSIE) [BONUS DIGITAL RELEASE ONLY]