On Friday, September 15, 2017 I had the pleasure of hearing the Jamaican musician Chronixx, for the first time ever, at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. The Reggae singer Chronixx who was born Jamar Rolando McNaughton, opened up for the Nas and Lauryn Hill show. Bandmembers Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Kelissa, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid made this the best Reggae show I have seen since I’ve seen Bob Marley and the Wailers on video.
Chronixx and his band the Zinc Fence Redemption, did an awesome job at preparing the crowd for the headliners. It was a fresh sound and an even more refreshing experience watching Chronixx and his band perform hits from ‘Roots and Chalice’. I first noticed Chronixx, before even realizing who he was, strolling about the pavillion with his Jamaican swagger. He had the look and stature of a Reggae artist, but I just didn’t know it at the time. He rocked his long locks, he dressed in Jamaican flag colors, and he donned a ‘Realest Out Deh’ tee shirt. For some reason, I noticed him, strolling by, like an average dude and not a huge Reggae star. I did not even have the slightest idea that I was about to witness a cool Reggae show that night. I didn’t even expect that there would be other acts besides Nas and Lauryn Hill.
After the rocking reggae sensations of Chronixx was over, yet another surprise was added to the list. The comedy of Mister Haniball Burress. I was first introduced to this guy via Jamie Foxx’ Foxxhole comedy station on XM radio. He caught my ‘ear’ the very first time I heard him. His monotone voice and demeanor. He’s so smooth and witty. His style of comedy has been featured on Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Conan and Comedy Central, to say the least.
I bet you didn’t know that Hannibal was a writer for SNL, did you? Or that his first comedy album was released on my birthday in 2010. Which is July 27. You can learn more and follow Hannibal at his website http://www.hannibaslburess.com.
After Hannibal left the stage, a short intermission followed by a stealth introduction by Nas himself. He came out of nowhere, without warning. Spitting fire and delivering one helluva performance. Nas came out with his verse off of Black Republicans followed by Got Yourself a Gun. Gold chains swinging, all black everything, Nas rocked the house something fierce. He went in on all the favorites from Halftime to New York State of Mind to It Aint Hard to Tell to If I Ruled the World. Which led to the opening of Miss Lauryn Hill and into Everything Is Eveything.
Miss Lauryn Hill came out with Everything Is Eveything. She rocked favorites like Ex Factor and Lost Ones. And even had back up singers to help her out on songs like When It Hurts So Bad, Killing Me Softly, and Doo Wop. Although she was not happy with the sound of her mic, she still held fast and rocked it for us. She closed her set by bringing Nas back out to bust the ultimate duet of the night in If I Ruled the World.