Chronixx: The Future of Jamaican Roots Music

In October, top reggae and dancehall blogger Marvin Sparks told us that newcomer Chronixx would be one of the artists to watch out for in 2013; and his prediction was spot on, writes Nadine White.

Chronixx may be only 20-years-old, but over the past 12 months, he has established himself as Jamaica’s most promising vocalist, releasing neo-roots anthems such as Behind Curtain and Ain’t No Giving In , featured on the hugely popular Tropical Escape riddim.

But while he has found fame delivering militant social commentaries, the talented young sing-jay is equally comfortable with love songs such as Access Granted , which remains on heavy rotation on most Jamaican radio stations.

Chronixx’ rapid rise to the top of the reggae roster is unsurprising as he is no stranger to the industry.

Besides ghost-writing for other artists, he is also the son of Barrington Levy sound-a-like Chronicle, best known for his 1995 hit My God (below).

Chronixx kicked off 2013 in fine style. Besides dropping a tough collaboration with Sizzla, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid (another of Sparks’ recommended artists), last week, he released the video for Beat and a Mic , which has already attracted over 17,000 YouTube views.

Earlier this month, Bashment Vibes founder Orantes saw him at a Bob Marley tribute show in Jamaica and was blown away with the quality of his performance.

Roots artists are becoming rare commodities these days so when a good one comes along, take note.

Chronixx is here to stay and we expect great things from him in the future. Remember where you heard it first.

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