While we tend to focus primarily on classic roots and culture here at MIDNIGHT RAVER, there are plenty youths holding it down for modern conscious roots reggae. Here are several new singles from the uber-talented Chronixx. Stay tuned as I am currently writing a story about the new “roots revival” movement in Jamaica.
He walks the island almost a baldhead save for the short knots only visible as he approaches – backpack weighing on his shoulders reminiscent of the “backpacker” style made famous in the late 1980s by hip hop upstarts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers. He steps up to the curb, a broken fence reveals the power cord that they ran for him from the speakers to the power in the shop. A small crowd gathers as he paces back and forth, mostly young girls. The guys look on with a curious but cautious eye. The band steps forth, separating from the crowd one by one until the entire Zinc Fence stands strong, ready fe mash it. The yout’ then breaks into song, not ruff & rugged but sweet & sublime. He could have been another youth named William AKA Rakim were it 30 years earlier and the scene were a downtown Wyandanch, NY street corner and not a broke-down island paradise. The crowd grows as a star is being born. This is the sound of reggae to come.
Chronixx was the ‘stage’ name his friends bestowed on him, replacing the name ‘Little Chronicle’ he was given as the ‘junior’ to his father, the artist Chronicle. Born Jamar Rolando McNaughton on October 10, 1992, his father was a musician in his own rite and recognized the boy’s talent. Chronixx grew up in the shadows of men like Burro Banton, Norris Man and the legendary Gregory Isaacs.
With a big smile and an engaging personality, he confidently set out to make his mark in music, by writing his first song His first song ‘Rice Grain’ was penned when Chronixx was at the age of five. He recorded his first song with producer Danny Browne at the age of 13.
At 14 years, he was producing and constructing riddims for artistes such as Konshens and Munga Honorable and composing riddims for several record labels.
After his brother’s death in 2009, Chronixx became more inspired to pursue his music career on a conscious and positive vibe and has been wowing crowds ever since. Already a legendary live performer, he draws comparisons to the great Charlie Chaplin as he seems to possess that intangible “something” that connects with the audience.
Story to be cont’d…
Here is ‘CHRONIXX ROOTS REVIVAL MIX-UP’ (A Midnight Raver Mix) featuring a bunch of his newest stuff. I sense the skepticism in my audience. It’s OK, just press PLAY>
1. Chronixx – Access Granted
2. Chronixx, Protoje, Sizzla, Kabakka Pyramid – Selassie Souljahz
3. Addis Pablo – Selassie Souljahz In Dub
4. Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble
5. Chronixx – Ain’t No Giving In
6. Chronixx – Behind Curtain
7. Chronixx – Start A Fyah
8. Chronixx – Thanks & Praise
9. Chronixx – They Don’t Know
10. Chronixx – Smile Jamaica