His new single, Vybz Kartel Saga, zooms in on Kartel’s battles with the law which has landed him in police custody on murder charges.
According to Silver Cat, “I have been getting favourable comments all over,” for Vybz Kartel Saga which was produced by Moby’s Records and released a week-and-half ago.
Silver Cat says he took a break from music to focus on his family after realising the unpredictable nature of the entertainment business.
“There’ll always be new artiste emerging with new and different styles, hence as an artiste you have to keep the momentum going at all times,” he told Observer. “In order to keep the momentum going an artiste has to eat, drink, and sleep music. It means being dedicated to the music and making everything else secondary.”
Silver Cat said the break gave him a chance to study the intricacies of the music business.
“In the ’90s it was all about vinyl records, now it’s much easier for the artiste to be heard,” he said. “We’re now in the age of technology, there’s the Internet, YouTube, iTunes, etc.”
With his last performance at a major live event being Island Explosion in 2010, Silver Cat is looking forward to reconnecting with the dancehall. He is currently in the studio working on new songs.
Born Neil McDonald in Clarendon, Silver Cat began his career on local sound systems. In 1993, he journeyed to Kingston and auditioned at producer Donovan Germain’s Penthouse Studio where he recorded the unreleased Oh La La. That effort was followed by his official recording debut, I Know.
Failing to score a hit record, Silver Cat left Penthouse and was introduced shortly after to Patrick Roberts, founder and head honcho of Shocking Vibes Records. Roberts recorded Dead In Yah, Silver Cat’s first song for the label on the Corduroy ‘riddim’ but it was banned from the airwaves because of its violent lyrics.