I Grade Records
I Grade Records was founded in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands during early 2001 by Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred along with partner Kenyatta Itola. The label's primary mission is to produce and release the highest quality reggae music emanating from St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands. Over the course of several highly acclaimed releases, I Grade has developed a unique musical identity that is undeniably roots, but freely influenced by hip hop, jazz, soul and other musical genres, forming a sound that is both ancient and modern. Having released several powerful debut albums, I Grade Records is known for its keen ear for new voices that need to be heard. As a crucial part of the roots music movement in the VI, I Grade is committed to "spreading musical ises and healing, from St. Croix to across the world."
“Portals is powerful and spellbinding. It might not be commercially viable, but it’s memorable and mesmerizing. "
“Portals is a testament to the supreme talents of both Vaughn Benjamin and Laurent “Tippy-I” Alfred, whose works together achieves a greatness which exceeds the sum of their individual parts.”
“Dig it up and the treasure is yours. OUTSTANDING.”
I Gade Dub is a live dub mixing sound system based in St. Croix, VI. Dub mixer Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred performs live dub mixing of songs and riddims from his vast catalog of productions. I Grade Dub brings the heavyweight word, sound and power to the forefront of the dub experience.
Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred, a native of St. Croix, is a musician, producer, audio engineer, and co-owner of I Grade Records. Tippy I’s skills as an audio engineer are highly developed after 15 years of actively recording and mixing music in the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and NYC.
For the largest online selection of VI Reggae music.