Laying down the Law

By Kediesha Perry
Observer writer

Friday, June 28, 2019

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WHEN the curtains fall on this year's Reggae Sumfest, Chronic Law hopes he will be one of the highlights. The deejay, who is from St Thomas, is part of a St James-based collective known as 6ixx who are billed to close the show.

“The main focus right now is (Reggae) Sumfest, the greatest reggae and dancehall stage show. Rehearsal is in top form and fans can expect a stellar performance,” Chronic Law told the Jamaica Observer's Splash.

Started three years ago, 6ixx also includes deejays Squash and Daddy 1.

“6ixx is about family; a group of friends believing in each other an' want di best for each other,” he said.

This year, Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for July 14 to 20 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Chronixx are headliners with Chronic Law scheduled to perform on the penultimate night.

In the weeks leading up to the festival, he is working on new material to boost his catalogue.

“I have lots of projects working on; it's just more hit songs for di summer,” he boasted.

Since his debut last year, the artiste has been making a name for himself among hardcore dancehall fans. He attributes the growing popularity of his sound to hard work.

“I continuously please my fans with hit songs, lyrics an' melody an' delivering for them whenever I touch di stage,” Chronic Law said.

“Every artiste is unique an' different in our own way, but di people dem just love my style and lyrics with me being me,” he continued.

The 26-year-old is known for songs such as Government, Full Package, Hilltop Badness, Hillside and most recently Gone Left Them, produced by 75 Productions. His rise to prominence was not a smooth one.

“For an artiste like me, based in St Thomas, di only difficulty has been di distance to travel to an' from Kingston to get things done. Nothing comes easy, an' any parish you're in yuh jus' have to work hard an' smart with faith an' believe in yourself,” he said.

Often in the news for bad roads and lack of employment, St Thomas is located in eastern Jamaica. Several leading artistes hail from the parish including Popcaan, Stevie Face, Bushman and Natty King.

Chronic Law (given name Akeeme Campbell) hails from the town of Morant Bay. He attended Morant Bay High School and believes he was destined for music.

“At an early age, I discovered myself (my talent) an' my real friends believed in me an' motivated me from den 'till now,” he said.

His ultimate mission is to spread dancehall music to the world.

“(In five years) I want to help spread the dancehall culture on the international market worldwide, using my talent and adding value to our dancehall culture,” Chronic Law stated.

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