Hardcore dancehall lyricist Lisa Hyper has seemingly started a new spiritual journey as a video of the former Gaza Empire member getting baptized has surfaced.
Lisa Hyper, born Felicia Gooden, rose to prominence in the early 2000s with hits such as Man Short, Bills featuring Gaza Kim, and Champion Bubbler featuring Vybz Kartel. Under the mentorship of Kartel, she became a notable member of the Gaza Empire and one of dancehall’s leading female artistes. Known for her candid and racy lyrics, the entertainer stunned fans after footage of her getting baptized started circulating on social media.
In the video, she can be seen standing in what appears to be a church pool, clothed in a red robe beside a man, apparently a church practitioner, who is also robed in red. A woman who declared herself a minister of the gospel conducts the ceremony, instructing the artiste to repeat, “Thy vows, oh Lord, are upon me until death in the name of Jesus,” before the artiste takes the plunge and is baptized “in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit.”
Lisa Hyper’s baptism comes on the heels of fellow dancehall artiste Shaneil Muir announcing her departure from dancehall for a Christian lifestyle. In a recent post on her Instagram page, Muir assured promoters that she would be fulfilling her prior agreements and attending the events that she was already booked to perform.
The Gaza First Lady entertainer recently shared with the Jamaica Observer that she would be embarking on a three-week tour in England come November 2022 and expressed her excitement at performing for her fans there after a 12-year absence. It is not yet clear if Hyper will still be performing at her planned events, but she still appears to be promoting her newly released song Nuh Like People, with multiple posts featuring the track made to her Instagram stories in the last 24 hours.
Watch the video below: