Dancehall Tours - hosted by Pantason - Episode 18 - Rygin King

Published Jun 28, 2020 11:43 a.m. ET

Welcome to Dancehall Tours a series where we interview artists about how cannabis plays a part in their music. ⁣

Today our host Pantason interviews Dancehall singer/songwriter Rygin King who rose quickly with a series of increasingly catchy singles highlighting his driven vocal performances and bright production. The most successful of his songs incorporated elements of commercial trap and R&B production. 2018 single "Tuff" acted as an introduction to King's multi-faceted sound.

Rygin King was born Matthew Smith and grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He loved music, citing Buju Banton as a primary inspiration when he began making his own songs as a teenager. By his early twenties, Kinghad his sights set on a career in music, with a management team in place to help strategize his success.


In 2017 he released several songs that caught on in dancehall circles, including the laid-back groove of "Feel Like This (Big Toe)" and the more upbeat "Pretty Little Freak." Rather than focus on an album, King stuck to steadily releasing singles throughout 2018, gaining more exposure for internationally recognized songs like "Tuff" and "Powerful." He continued this model going into 2019 with new songs "Star Life" and "Clean," and performing regularly in support of his singles with concerts in Jamaica and the U.S.

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