Reggae artiste Chronixx will be releasing new projects featuring American rappers Joey Bada$$, Hit Boy and Wyclef Jean. According to the conscious recording artiste, he has no issues collaborating with hip hop artistes, as long as their music is sending the right message.

He also says he was inspired by hip hop music during his formative years.

“I have always had a deep appreciation for hip hop. When I was producing my first EP with Teflon, I was listening to two hip hop albums at the time. Me love hip hop because it is reggae’s little son, because it came after dancehall. Reggae is still giving birth to new genres like EDM and dub step. All of those genres breed from King Tubbys, Lee Scratch Perry and King Jammys; all of those music is reggae,” he said.

Chronixx, who was speaking at the University of the West Indies, Mona’s Reggae Talks, a series hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, says reggae and hip hop content usually mirror each other.

“I find that anything that happens in reggae, a similar thing is going on in hip hop and vice versa, because they are the same. It’s music created by people in the diaspora, one black brother and sister. I love everybody just the same,” he said.

Chronixx’s EP, Dread and Terrible, is currently spending its 42nd week in the reggae Billboard top ten. The sometimes-controversial singer also took the opportunity to call on the Jamaican government to create a state-of-the-art venue for live performances.

“I feel like I should not perform here again until we get a venue. It’s like this government want to have the people as servers handing out towels in hotels, when that is not what tourists come to Jamaica for. Reggae is our biggest asset, and we don’t even have a good venue? Come on, man,” he said.