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Joel Chin, a member of the legendary VP Records family, was shot and killed last night in Jamaica


The Dancehall/Reggae fraternity is in mourning following the news the VP Records producer, Joel Chin was murdered in front of his Stony Hill, St Andrew home on Tuesday night. Reportedly, Chin was surrounded by gunmen as he exited his vehicle in front of his home and shot several times by the men. He was later taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was just 35 years old and is survived by his mother Juliette, his father Clive, his newborn daughter, two brothers, and three sisters.

Chin is the grandson of VP Records founder, Vincent Chin and nephew of the New York based label's owners, Chris and Randy Chin. Following in his family's lineage, Joel became heavily involved within the Jamaican music industry in the 1990s; helping to launch the careers of many Dancehall/Reggae heavyweights such as T.O.K, Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Etana and several others. He also was instrumental in the annual Reggae Gold album series by VP Records which is a compilation of the year's biggest, chart-topping Dancehall/Reggae singles.

Chin's greatest achievement as a producer was during his time with Sean Paul; working on Sean's debut album, Dutty Rock that later sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Two years ago, Joel returned to Jamaica; opting to focus more on the local music scene & developing young talent within the Jamaican music industry. During the last two years, Joel wrote hit singles for the aforementioned Etana as well as the "Energy God," Elephant Man and many other artistes.

Funeral arrangements for Chin will be announced at a later date.


Rreports state  that Joel was shot as he drove up to his apartment in Stony Hill, St Andrew. JA

33-year-old Chin was reportedly killed in his driveway. Joel is the grandson ov VP Records founders Pat and Vincent Chin.

Leaves behind his parents, a one-month old baby girl, his girlfriend and a host of relatives and friends Joel will be truely missed.

We send out our condolences to the Chin family on this unlawful and tragic loss.

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Comment by Marcia Whitehall on August 25, 2011 at 9:14am


Comment by chevon on August 25, 2011 at 3:10am
condolences to the family and friends. the hand you held out to help is usually the one thats stabbing you in the back. in time the killer will be punished. he/she maybe free now and laughing, but GOD is watching and waiting.
Comment by GonDada on August 24, 2011 at 1:45pm
Jealousy + More Jealousy = Murda
Comment by Colin Forbes Class Act on August 22, 2011 at 2:54pm
My Condolences to His Family Friends and Entertainment community we have lost another Reggae Soldier in this Business of Music particular Reggae & Caribbean Music. I personally have known and met JC over 15 years from Launch of Luciano, Sizzla inception Early Ninetys RIP One Love, C. Forbes
Comment by Ayo Jeanpierre on August 21, 2011 at 11:47pm
RIP Joel chin and my condolences goes out to the family.
Comment by colin brown on August 21, 2011 at 9:06pm


Comment by dao on August 21, 2011 at 7:23pm
sad sad and sad
Comment by june anne isaacs on August 21, 2011 at 2:49pm
Miss u Joel, RIP and my sincere condolences to the family.
Comment by jahjah on August 21, 2011 at 2:05am
RIP in peace, & condolences to the Chin family.
Comment by Elsa Thompson on August 20, 2011 at 6:49pm
Whats wrong with our people killing off each other. Condolences to the family.

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