The official release took place on Wednesday this week on local television station, ZIZ, and since then it has been well received by many fans. The new video has also been made available on MiyVue.com in the Video Section of the online news website.
The track is titled, “I Depend on Me” and SMI said it somewhat reflects his thinking that has been influenced by different experiences in his life, in recent years.
“In terms of the concept, first and foremost I depend on God to wake me up every morning and give me life; my mother to be there for me in certain situations, so it is not that am saying I don’t need anyone…but in terms of friends, sometimes you would look to them for something and they are not there for you; so often you have to rely on your own efforts, thus the name, I depend on me,” explained SMI in an exclusive interview with MiyVue.com
He said even in the music industry there has been disappointment that has strengthened the belief that all he has is himself to depend on.
“I wrote the song in one day. The idea for the lyrics was inspired, first by the beat that was created by producer Cliff Richards. Normally if he makes a beat and if he feels it best suits me, he would call. So on this occasion when I went and I heard it, I liked it, and by the time I finished working that day, the lyrics were completed,” explained SMI.
When asked about his expectations and how he felt the song is going to be received by fans, SMI remarked, “For the people who know me from waaaaay back, when they hear the song they will say that I have gone back to my natural roots, because the song is not too commercial.”
The video was shot on location at an old sugar mill in St. Kitts and he is the only subject featured in the production.
The video was produced by Nigel “Trucapo” Lewis a few weeks ago and completed in one day.
“With this song, I want people to be aware that I have a new album that is being completed for release shortly. This is just one of the songs to be included on the album. The music is going to be very aggressive and people would recognize just how hard a worker I am in this industry,” stated SMI.
The album will be titled, “Forever King”.
SMI admits that he has been somewhat quiet and out of the spotlight for a while but said locally he has already reached the highest heights and performed at the biggest concerts, including the St. Kitts Music festival in 2010. “Here in St. Kitts, there really is much more that an artiste like me can achieve. I want to go places and I have big dreams for my career. I want to be big like Jay Z and Lil Wayne. What I need to do is continue making great music and eventually venture overseas in the right market.”
“I started my career not knowing I was rapping, I just thought I was rhyming until a friend of mine Jordel Gumbs of Anguilla pointed out to me what I was really doing and the potential that I had. Jordel was an influence. He died in June this year and his death struck me really hard, said the artiste.
“Now I am preparing myself to fulfill the dreams that I know are possible,” said a confident SMI.