We wished and it seems like its happening. Another dancehall artiste that has been waiting in the wings, is now able to take advantage of the huge North American market. Former Gaza member Black Ryno was recently granted a US Visa. He now joins Alkaline and Iyara as recent recipients.
Black Ryno indicates that since the expiration of his last work permit in 2010, he choose not to attempt to renew it. He didn’t get into specific details but said “I decided not to go back until it was the right time, …. until some of the bad news died down”. Sounding relieved and excited he also announced that he will be performing in Miami, Florida in November and plans to have a busy 2015.
Under the mentorship of Vybz Kartel, he rose to prominence as a member of the Portmore Empire. In February 2010 he severed ties with group, which led to him being attacked in songs by Portmore Empire members who remained. A week after his departure there was a mysterious fire at his apartment but the perpetrators have never been confirmed. He was also involved in a physical altercation with former Kartel business Partner Corey Todd that was caught on video.
At Sting 2013 he defeated Kiprich in a lyrical face off and won US$30,000. The previous year he was pushed off stage by former affiliate Popcaan, after joining him on stage in hopes of a ‘clash’.