Rygin King finds Therapy on Billboard
Rygin King

RYGIN King said he put maximum effort into his debut album Therapy, which was released on September 9 by his Rygin Trap Records.

The 16-song set, which features the popular title track as well as Circumstances, Maddest Life and Broken, hears the deejay chronicling life experiences.

"A lot of work has been put inna dis album. Just by listening to it, all of di songs are truly relatable to a lot of circumstances like mine an' other people out there in similar circumstances an' situations in di same way," Rygin King said Wednesday in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

Therapy, which has songs produced by Hemton Music, Sky Bad Productions and Caution Beats, debuted at number 11 on this week's Billboard Reggae Albums chart. It sold 750 equivalent album units in the United States, according to Luminate.

Of that amount, SEA (streaming equivalent album) units comprise 511 (equalling almost 800,000 on-demand official streams of the album's tracks). Album sales comprise 230 and TEA (track equivalent albums) units account for nine.

Said Rygin King, "All of the songs are from personal experiences and what people can relate to. Di trauma dat I've been through an' everything dat I have endured for di past two years, I put it into di album."

In 2020 Rygin King (real name Matthew Smith) was injured following a shooting at a funeral in Westmoreland which left him paralysed. His girlfriend, Sashalee Blackwood, was killed in the incident.

"Di message I want people to take away from listening to dis album is dat God is Christ. No matter how tough an' rough it seems, God is working on it for us. Dat's di drive an' energy I use to do what I do to make dis happen. A Him a di leader," he declared.

St James-born Rygin King is a former participant in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall talent competition. In 2018 he scored a hit with Tuff, one of that year's hottest songs.

His subsequent hits include 3ZN, Circumstances and Things Go Change.

Kevin Jackson

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