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Chronixx - "Start A Fire" on Social Media

April 17, 2015
CHRONIXX - CONTROVERSIAL WARRIOR

 “Jah over evil right pon di ark 
Babylon fraid when di gideon start 
Man a warrior woiee 
Tell dem man a warrior woiee
 Full suite a armor sword inna hand 
Ready fi go chant down dutty babylon 
Man a warrior woiee 
Tell dem man a warrior woiee” 

 The lyrics from Chronixx song titled “Warrior”. Chronixx’s tongue is like a cutting razor and they say that the tongue is mightier than the sword. The bible aptly puts it that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Words are indeed very powerful. Chronixx was blasted for comments he made on social media where it appeared that he called United States president Obama a 'waste man'.
President Obama
Following Obama's visit to Jamaica, Chronixx posted a picture of Marcus Garvey on social media platform, Instagram, with a caption that said, "This man [referring to Marcus Garvey] still have criminal record in the United States and we glorifying some waste man! This man was hunted and imprisoned by our Jamaican government ... who some years later, paved a peaceful and safe path for the US president to address is a ... "race of good for nothings". That's why black faces don't mean anything to rasta anymore".

 This comment went viral on social media and “Start A Fire”, sparking some heated debate. There have been mixed responses to the comment. Chronixx one of “Selassie Souljahz” is “Dread & Terrible” and there’s “Ain’t No Giving In” to this real warrior. Criticism of Obama is not unique to Jamaica and Jamaicans and it doesn’t make us rude and disrespectful. Probably he could have used a better term than “waste man”, but I guess he is just showing his disgust with the “system”. However I believe the term "waste man" was loosely used and cannot be used to describe Obama.What are the criteria you use to judge and label a person a "waste man. Obama has achieved several goals in his stint as president of the United States. Many of the changes he has made is very unpopular and I don't endorse several of them ,but I wouldn't say he is a "waste man". I won’t get into the politics surrounding the exoneration of Marcus Garvey in this article although I strongly lobby for his exoneration. There have been several misguided steps in the leaderships of both the governments of United Sates and Jamaica.
Chronixx

Who is this young warrior that created such a buzz on the social media websites? Jamar Rolando McNaughton Jr. born 10 October 1992, popularly known as Chronixx, is a Jamaican reggae artist. Initially called "Little Chronicle" because of his father, the singer "Chronicle", Chronixx and his music has been branded as a "Reggae Revival". Heralding a message of anti-war, preaching love, and unity. Chronixx is among a group of musicians like Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Kelissa, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid carrying the “Reggae Torch”.

 He started his recording career at the age of 11, recording a Gospel track with producer Danny Browne (which was not released), and went on to provide harmony vocals for artists such as Lutan Fyah as well as beginning production work, creating rhythms used by artists such as Konshens. At the age of 14, he began producing and building rhythms, including the ‘Freezer Riddim’ for ‘Ice Box Records’. In 2009 Chronixx's brother died which led to him writing with Romaine 'Teflon' Arnett of ‘Zincfence Records’

 In 2010, stepping out militantly as if on a mission, Alty 'J.O.E' Nunes impacted on the lives of not only his brothers, Aijah & Jahnoi, but on Chronixx as well. They started working as a team and after Joe's passing in February 2011, Chronixx, in honour of the Jah Ova Evil [J.O.E.] legacy, took his career to another level. He released the album “Hooked On Chronixx” on the ‘Zincfence’ label in 2011.

 Instead of going on to Edna Manley College as planned, he, along with other members of the Jah Ova Evil family, released singles such as "Behind Curtain", "African Heritage", "Wall Street" and "Warrior". His popularity grew throughout 2012, with significant airplay in Jamaica, and performances at festivals such as Reggae Sumfest and Usain Bolt’s ‘Track & Records’ club. "Smile Jamaica" and "Here Comes Trouble", were big hits songs for him 2013, and he toured the United Kingdom (including a BBC 1Xtra concert in Leeds) and the United States with his Zincfence Redemption Band. In March 2013 he travelled to Kenya, where he has a large fan base, as a Peace Ambassador during the country's general election, and performed at the Tuka Rada Peace Concert in Nairobi. He again performed to a massive crowd at Sumfest in 2013.

Chronixx - Dread & Terrible

 His EP, “Dread & Terrible”, was released on 1 April 2014, and topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums charts on the week of 18 April. In May 2014 he won Culture Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Entertainer of the Year at the Linkage Awards in New York. In July 2014 he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on US network NBC. He followed this with a concert in Central Park attended by over 5,000 people. Following his appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show and his Central Park concert the EP saw significant gains selling 12,000 downloads. In September 2014 he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category. The following month he won awards for Best Song (for "Smile Jamaica") and Best Music Video (for "Here Comes Trouble") at the 33rd International Reggae & World Music Awards.

 In January 2015, Chronixx appeared on "Belly of the Beast" a song which featured on American rapper Joey Badass debut album "B4.Da.$$". He also released "Tenement Yard" remix feat. Jacob Miller. Over the years this true reggae warrior has given us songs such as “Mi Alright” with Kabaka Pyramid, “Access Granted, “World Under Siege”, Alpha & Omega”, “Most I”, “Thanks & Praise”, “Here Comes Trouble”, “Selassie Souljahz” with Sizzla, Protoje & Kabaka Pyramid, Perfect Tree” , "Odd Ras" and “Prayer”. This multi-talented Reggae Ambassador though controversial cannot be denied the status as the fore-runner for the new breed of the reggae genre.

 Thanks for reading

Anthony Williams

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