Jamar McNaughton (born 10 October 1992), popularly known as Chronixx, is a Jamaican reggae artist. His stage name replaced the name “Little Chronicle” which he was given because of his father, the singer “Chronicle”. Chronixx and his music has been branded as part of a “Reggae Revival”, among a newer generation of artistes. His lyrical content revolves around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency.
McNaughton began songwriting at an early age and his father Jamar McNaughton Sr, known professionally as “Chronicle”, began to nurture his musical aspirations. McNaughton wrote his first song, “Rice Grain”, at the age of 5. During an interview with Okay Player, Chronixx spoke on his early life:
“My music come from early beginnings, from childhood days. I used to sing at school, in church, and then my whole family sings. My daddy, Chronicle, caused me to be very exposed to music from a very tender age. That’s where the music started for me. Professionally now, that’s when I was in high school. I started producing. Making riddims. But the music go from then until now. When I was 15, 16 I started producing and it was a great vibe for me.”
He attended St Catherine High School in Spanish Town. 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 and Munga Hornourebel for Mavrick Records. At the age of 14, he began producing and building riddims, 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
His popularity grew throughout 2012, with significant airplay in Jamaica, and performances at big festivals such as Reggae Sumfest. He was featured on the Major Lazer-curated mix-tape Start a Fire. In 2013, he had hits with “Smile Jamaica” and “Here Comes Trouble”, 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 Tuko Rada Peace Concert in Nairobi. He again performed at Sumfest in 2013, in front of an audience of more than 10,000.
His EP, Dread & Terrible, was released on 1 April 2014, and topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums charts on the week of 18 April. Following his appearance on the ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and his well attended Central Park concert, the EP saw significant gains, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart. The EP returned to the number one spot on the Top Reggae Albums chart, according to SoundScan. By March 2015, the EP had spent 42 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Top Reggae Albums chart.
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 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. He founded his own ZincFence Recordz production house along with producer Romain “Teflon” Arnett and co-producer/engineer Ricardo “Shadyz” Lynch. As well as Chronixx, ZincFence has produced hits by Jah Cure, Kabaka Pyramid, and Protoje, and had worked with Maverick Sabre, Mavado, and Nomaddz.
In January 2015, Chronixx appeared on “Belly of the Beast” a song which featured on American rapper Joey Badass debut album B4.Da.$$. In June 2015, Chronixx performed at the Glastonbury Festival as a part of a partnership with EE. The singer’s set was described as a “highlight” and was well received.
His 2017 debut album, Chronology, received a Grammy Award nomination, and in the same year he received a Prime Minister’s National Youth Award for Excellence
Hooked on Chronixx, 2011
Dread & Terrible, 2014
Somewhere, 2012, On Chronology
Start a Fyah, 2012, Jungle Josh - Game Theory Riddim
Mi Alright, 2013, Chimney - with Kabaka Pyramid
Access Granted, 2013, Notis
World Under Siege, 2013, Roots Tribulation
Alpha and Omega, 2013, John John
Most I, 2013, Don Corleon
Thanks and Praise, 2013, Lifeline
Here Comes Trouble, 2013, Overstand
Selassie Souljahz, 2013, Royal Order Music - with Sizzla, Protoje, and Kabaka Pyramid
Smile Jamaica, 2013, Silly Walks Discotheque
Ain't No Giving In, 2013, Chimney - B-side of Tarrus Riley's Gimme Likkle One Drop
Rain Music, 2013)
Perfect Tree, 2014, Royal Order Music
Prayer, 2014, Israel
Capture Land, 2014, Overstand
Ghetto People, 2015, On The Corner Riddim Produced by Damian Jr. Gong Marley
Light It Up, 2015, On Medicine Riddim produce by Opposite Crew
Ghetto Paradise, 2017)