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VP Records Executive Joel Chin Shot and Killed in Jamaica

The reggae community is mourning the loss of VP Records executive Joel Chin, who was shot and killed Tuesday night (Aug. 16) at his home in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

As part of the VP team, Chin, 35, served as the company’s Director of A&R. He was an instrumental part in launching the careers of reggae acts such as Sean Paul, Sizzla, Wayne Wonder, TOK and Beenie Man, among others. The label exec was grandson of VP Records founder Vincent Chin, son of reggae producer Clive Chin and nephew of VP Records owners Chris and Randy Chin.

Chin joined the record label in the ’90s, and helped craft reggae compilations ‘Reggae Gold’ and ‘Strictly The Best.’ His work with Sean Paul’s ‘Dutty Rock’ LP brought a wealth of mainstream attention to VP, when the effort sold over seven million units worldwide.

More than just an A&R, he also shared his songwriting talents with the likes of Elephant Man, penning tracks for him, as well as being an accomplished producer.

Currently, an investigation into Chin’s murder is underway. Details are scarce, other than Kingston police reporting that he was attacked after stepping out of his vehicle in his driveway. No known motive for the shooting has been revealed.

He is survived by his father, Clive, mother, Juliette, two brothers, three sisters and a newborn daughter.

Listen to a Tribute Song Dedicated to Joel Chin

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