VP Records posted a somber homage yesterday to Joel Chin, VP’s director of A&R, after he was shot and killed outside of his home in Jamaica at about 10:45 p.m. on August 16. Chin was shot several times when he stepped out of his car in Stony Hill, Saint Andrews, a parish outside of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. As of now, there is no known motive for Chin’s murder and the assailants are still at large.
Chin, the grandson of VP founders Vincent and Patricia Chin and the son of reggae producer Clive Chin, moved to Jamaica two years ago to work more closely with Kingston-based VP artists. He joined the family business in the 1990s and during his career signed some of VP’s biggest acts, including Beenie Man and Sean Paul. His work on Sean Paul’s platinum debut, Dutty Rock, and with other artists like Etana contributed to the success of VP, now the largest independent reggae label in the world. His last project, a compilation album by various artists and a tribute to the late reggae artist Gregory Isaacs titled We Remember Gregory, was released the day of Chin’s death.
Sean Paul tweeted his condolences yesterday along with outrage directed at Chin’s murderers. Chin, 35, is survived by his mother, Juliette, his father, Clive, his five siblings and newborn daughter.