Hot on the heels of his acrimonious departure from Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire, comes a statement from dancehall deejay, Blak Ryno (real name – Romain Anderson), that he has changed his stage name to ‘Ryno Di Stinger’, and that he is now associated with a new syndicate called “Garrison” which features several artistes including Kaliba, and a producer – Super Blunt.
Here are excerpts from the statement: “Romain Odden Anderson also known as Blak Ryno would like to inform the public that he will be moving on with his music career under the name “Ryno di Stinger”. He would also like to establish that his departure from the Portmore Empire was an act of his maturity and professionalism … He is stronger than ever as he has held himself to high musical standards which have and will continue to yield great results … This Syndicate brags the name “Garrison” as they are talented artist from prominent non-residential areas in Jamaica. They are musically competent and thus they strive to be successful.“
It’s ironic that two other Portmore Empire exiles – Lisa Hyper and Kym – also changed their names after similar controversial exits from the Gaza crew. Lisa Hyper was formerly known as Lisa Hype, and Kym was formerly known as Gaza Kim. Look out for a brand new single featuring Kym and Ryno Di Stinger – it will likely be released this weekend.