• Daniella Diaz

SOUNDCHECK: Chronixx

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

His 2014 release, "Dread and Terrible," was as intriguing as it was innovative. It topped the US Billboard and iTunes reggae charts instantly. One of the tracks, “Here Comes Trouble,” caught the ear of late night host Jimmy Fallon and he booked Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption Band to perform on his show.



The Roots

Fronting a musical revolution to reintroduce youth to roots and culture, Chronixx is igniting a new passion through the reggae generation. Born Jamar Rolando McNaughton, Chronixx was exposed to dancehall and reggae from a young age. Growing up with his father, the famous dancehall artist Chronicle, helped him hone his talents from a young age.


Chronixx, who was once known as Lil’ Chronicle after his father, grew up singing and writing music as early as five years old. He began his career in his mid-teen years working as background and harmonizing vocals, as well as a production assistant for several artists. In his early twenties, the artist released “Hooked on Chronixx.” This EP helped him get his music out there with his penchant for lyrics promoting anti-war themes, romance, and resiliency in times of oppression.


His 2014 release, "Dread and Terrible," was as intriguing as it was innovative. It topped the US Billboard and iTunes reggae charts instantly. One of the tracks, “Here Comes Trouble,” caught the ear of late night host Jimmy Fallon and he booked Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption Band to perform on his show. This was big for the aspiring group. His The Tonight Show performance was followed by another career building performance in New York’s Central Park in front of thousands, including Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.


Since then, he has released several singles and been featured with other artists, such as Major Lazer, Joey Badass, and more. In his long-awaited 2016 release, “Roots & Chalice,” Chronixx collaborated with Brooklyn’s Federation Sound and they did not disappoint.


His 2017 album Chronology received a Grammy Award nomination, with hits like “Majesty”, “Likes”, “I Can” and “Skankin’ Sweet.”


The Musical Influence

Chronixx grew up around legendary Jamaican musicians like Gregory Isaacs and Burro Banton. However, it was his father’s guidance that led the way in Chronixx creating his own music and forging his own sound.


The Sound

The video for “Majesty,” was shot in Jamaica and created the perfect backdrop for the song’s message. He samples a bit of Otis Gayle’s “I’ll Be Around” and creates a masterful blend of old-school roots with new age reggae.


Listen to his powerful message in “I Can”:

“Oh every morning, Oh every morning I rise, I stare at the sun I know it is a blessing So when the evening comes I Lift up my eyes to the hills I’m blessed, oh man With my two hands in the air as far as I can As far as I can I can, yeah My two hands in the air as far as I can”


Watch the video here.

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