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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 Tracie Bell on August 20, 2011 at 3:50am

First I must extend my condolences to the chin family and friends, and everyone in the musical fraternity who is seriously affected by his passing. I feel very sad as I have family members who are entertainers and would not and couldnot take any news like this. we have to lift our heart and soul to the almighty, and pray for peace,love and unity in our little Island Jamaica. As Jamaica now turns 49years old Heads of Govt's need to step up their games and prevent violence among our people.


Comment by andrew brown on August 19, 2011 at 4:41pm
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Comment by edward lee on August 19, 2011 at 4:09pm
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Comment by edward lee on August 19, 2011 at 3:27pm
Who is this Idiot posting something about food and Rihanna have you no f---ing respect. Are you really that insensitive or just plain stupid. You should be called BEST OF THE IDIOT WORLD. Remove you stupid post and stop disrespecting my friend.
Comment by Tracy on August 19, 2011 at 2:50pm

My heartful condolences to his loved ones...the violence in our black communities world

wide is tragic. 

Comment by Greek_Girl on August 19, 2011 at 1:37pm

RIP my brother


Comment by hasina zuberi on August 19, 2011 at 4:19am
what a shame and disgrace..yet another piece of senseless inhuman sad....RIP Joel.....
Comment by CARMEN DYER on August 19, 2011 at 1:15am




Comment by Nicola Rodney on August 18, 2011 at 10:49pm
Rest in peace, my condolence to the family and fans. Jamaica too much good people getting killed. Stop the Gun play..............
Comment by onelove on August 18, 2011 at 6:46pm
R I P.........gone too soon

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