To the average hip-hop head, the name Chronixx might only ring a bell due to his work with Joey Bada$$ or Allan Kingdom among others. But if you’re a reggae fan, then Chronixx probably already has a spot on your playlist(s).
Whether you’ve heard of him or not, you will soon. The twenty-four year old Jamaican artist has steadily been on the rise the past few years and recently released his debut album, Chronology. In a world currently full of mindless, nonsensical noise it’s refreshing to hear Chronixx’s melodic voice translate from the booth to the real world seamlessly as he spoke about how music will last forever, while the artist will not. And that’s not a dreary thing.
Stopping by Hot97 to chop it up with Ebro and his crew, Chronixx shared his theory that the craft of making music is more than a mere art form but a true, spiritual and outer body experience.
“Making a song is a magical thing because remember you can’t see a song and you can’t smell it and you can’t touch it, but it can touch you,” said Chronixx.
“When you’re in a studio it’s like the song is there in the room but you have to almost connect with it so you can hear it you know what I mean? The song is there, the song is in the drum, the song is in the guitar; it was built into it from creation and then your duty as an artist is to bring yourself to a state where you can communicate with the song.”
He believes from there, a song takes on a life of its own…literally…and with just cause. He points out that music is one of those wonders of life where even though it cannot be seen, it still physically enters your life.
“It’s a living thing,” said the Spanish Town artist. “How I know it’s living because you can hear it now on the CD and it wasn’t there before you know so it’s a living thing that exists before it go on the CD or iPod or whatever…it’s like giving birth to a baby who was never seen before – nobody know how it look until it come out.”
Music isn’t just an experience for the artist but also for the listeners as well and with that comes a responsibility for the artist to ensure what they’re saying through song is beneficial to all parties involved. For most reggae artists, that includes talking about real life so their fans will stay fans and not drift away from an artist due to feeling a disconnection. This is something the man born Jamar McNaughton is conscious of and believes the reggae genre has this advantage over other types of music.
“We understand how real people think and what they want to hear,” he said of reggae’s appeal. “They want to hear things that push them through their life experience because that’s the only reason for art – art is really for us artists to create things to push people through them life experiences. That’s the only thing an artist needs to do, when you understand that then the mainstream less of a priority and more of an avenue.”
The legacy of reggae is already deeply rooted in music’s history and it won’t die anytime soon. Chronixx has a good theory about this as well: it will stay alive forever because the actual sound of music is timeless and the artist is merely a vessel to carry it out towards others.
“It’s a music that live because it’s based on spiritual music and spiritual music can’t die; it will find a way to live every time and that’s just the truth about music,” he said. “It’s not about Kool Herc or Bob Marley, these people are instruments but music will find a way to live and if Kool Herc wasn’t born…if Bob Marley wasn’t born then somebody else [would have the same impact through music]. Music always find a way to live.”
The full interview can be viewed below and if you partake in it, I would suggest toking up as this interview could make you self-reflective and consider some relatively deep thoughts. Plus it’s very intriguing, as Chronixx discusses a variety of topics from his opinion on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Album, how the news has become another branch of entertainment rather than traditional journalism, the importance of knowing and embracing your cultural roots, how the frequency of music today is reprogramming our brain (crazy to learn by the way) and much more.