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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 Mark Riley on August 17, 2011 at 2:48pm
Sorry for the lost, for bright future ahead, just snap away from his new family,and relatives.when are we going to shop these killing?,..........
Comment by mike on August 17, 2011 at 2:47pm
It's sad whenever a life is cut short so quickly by callous elements of society. What happened lastnite we may never know but one thing we do know is that an innocent child is left fatherless. When will this insanity end?......May your soul rest in peace Joel
Comment by Lisa Curtis on August 17, 2011 at 2:40pm

I heard this at the wee hours of the morning. This is not a joke. We must stop

killing eachother. Its hard enough to survive, Now we have to fight to live

among the heathens. Please no two wrongs will ever be RIGHT. Perserve



RIP Joel, Condolences to the VP Family.


God Is the Answer!





Comment by Lady Kiss 82 on August 17, 2011 at 2:38pm
Sorry for your loss, Chin Family!!
Comment by ED STEINBERG on August 17, 2011 at 2:29pm
Very Very sad.. Joel was a friend and a great person...
Comment by Dee Dee on August 17, 2011 at 2:25pm
Wow, another Black man bites the dust unnaturally.......Senseless!!
Comment by Free on August 17, 2011 at 2:22pm
Just so?

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