Our nation continues to be plagued by so many ills that it is heartbreaking. Pain and suffering seem to be the order of the day and yet so many are oblivious to the role they play in the downward spiral of the country. It is the recognition of this fact that prompted rising artiste ‘I-Octane’ to release “Crying to the Nation”, the first single from his upcoming debut album of the same title.
In this song, set on a smooth one drop reggae riddim, I-Octane pleads with the nation to listen to what he is saying before it is too late. He poses the question “If a God unnu seh, from a God unnu seh, wha kinda God yu a serve?” and then moves on to paint a picture of the dire state of the society. In true I-Octane style, the crooner encourages listeners to change and reminds them that the ‘Most High’ loves them but that they don’t love themselves.
“This song is truly a heart song,” the singer stated. “It comes from deep inside me and its as if the Almighty himself was showing mi a ting. Its like we see what people are going through everyday and we become so used to it that it doesn’t faze us. But if you take a step back and really pre what a gwaan, yu heart haffi hurt you. Its from that place that I wrote this.”
The song is evidence of I-Octane’s sincerity as his passion and emotion is evident in the vocals. The fact that he is backed by a stellar group of musicians and producer is the icing on the cake.
“Crying to the nation” is sure to strike a chord with people all over, and if I-Octane’s journey over the past few years is any indication, then the highly anticipated album promises to be yet another reason that this young star is on his way to becoming an icon.