CR203 Records (ZJ Chrome)
In 2007, Chrome, one of Jamaica’s leading radio disc jocks, expanded his network by forming CR203 Records, the chemical formula of Chromium Oxide, the material used to make Chrome. His first riddim was alongside Don Corleon called Chromium had songs from a few Jamaica’s finest – Beenie Man, Voicemail, Vybz Kartel, Movado and a combination between Munga and Don Corleon. He followed up with the Recession Riddim which was fitting of the status quo of that time with songs by Elephant Man, Bugle and Vybz Kartel.
In 2009, Chrome released the Trippple Bounce Riddim which completely took over the airwaves and catapulted him to the status of a successful producer as the riddim which was produced by himself and Steven McGregor boasted hit after hit. ‘Bicycle’ and ‘Mr. Officer’ by Vybz Kartel, ‘Gallis’, Mr. Vegas, ‘Hope and Pray’ Movado, tracks from Bugle, Matterhorn, QQ and Cutty and many more. Trippple Bounce also had a track by Chino and Steven Di Genius McGregor which was the first time that the powerhouse producer and his brother ever collaborated vocally for an outsider producer.
After the huge success of Trippple Bounce, Zj Chrome followed up with a one of a kind riddim in the dancehall and reggae music arena, the first of its kind. A riddim called Mad Collab which featured only collaborations. The riddim spawned one of the biggest dancehall tracks of 2010 both locally and internationally called ‘Clarks’ by Vybz Kartel, Popcaan and Gaza Slim. The track was even featured on Canada’s hit tv dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” and has been featured on many hit dancehall and reggae compilations. The success of the song ‘Clarks’ also led to increasing in business for the shoe brand, as local shoe sellers did not have enough stock for the demand of the shoe. Mad Collab also had the first musical venture between Bounty Killa and Elephant Man in 10 years called this ‘This is How We Do It’, which was and still is a club banger. The riddim also had collaborations from Charley Blacks, Ding Dong, and Chi Ching, plus a track from Chino, Di Genius and international star Ricky Blaze called ‘Throw The Money Round’. Bounty Killa was also featured twice on the riddim with another collaboration called the ‘Poor People’s Classical Anthem’ with Assassin and Bugle. Mad Collab had many first’s as it was the first track to feature a slew of selectors doing a collaboration on a track called ‘Dem Alone’ which featured Tony Matterhorn, Fire Links, Richie Feelings, Razz and Biggy, and Jigsy. It also featured Movado and his Gully Squad.
The success of Chrome’s riddims led him to continue working and he changed his pace in mid-2010 with the release of his first Reggae rhythm called Cardiac Bass, which is the first of his Cardiac Reggae Series. Cardiac Bass was once more a notch of success under Chrome’s belt as it became a hit on the international scene with Christopher Martin’s ‘Paper Loving’ claiming the number 1 spot on charts in Kenya, leading to many sold-out shows. Cecile’s ‘When You’re Gone’ and Alaine ‘Up’ are also very popular in the African state. Jah Cure’s ‘Before I Leave’ and two tracks from Vybz Kartel also helped to make Cardiac Bass a stellar reggae riddim.
By fall 2010 Chrome released his riddim called Smokin which again struck gold and included mainstream hits such as ‘Dumpa Truck’ by Vybz Kartel, Movado’s ‘Stulla’, Cecile’s ‘Woot Woot’ and Tifa’s highly successful ‘Move Your Body’ along with Tony Matterhorn’s ‘Blackberry Pin’. The Smokin Riddim also saw Chrome collaborating with International Reggae and Dancehall Superstar Sean Paul on a track called ‘Turn Me On', which received a warm response.
In December 2010 Zj Chrome refueled once more and stayed true to his ingenuity and released his last riddim for 2010 called the Dancehall EFX which infused the original sound effects of the Jamaican dancehall. With the help of musician and producer Christopher Birch, Dancehall EFX was again a huge hit with fans as Vybz Kartel’s track ‘Dancehall Hero’ became an overnight anthem and spawned several counteractions including Beenie Man’s track on the riddim. Aidonia also proved to be a success on this riddim with his track ‘Chat From No Boy’. Mavado ‘All Dem A Talk’, the first released recording of Popcaan on his own ‘Real Bad Man’. Vybz Kartel’s second track ‘You Me Need ‘ is also a favorite with the ladies.
By June 2011 Chrome has refueled and was ready to release his first riddim of the new year titled Contra, which had hits from Mavado ‘Do Road’, ‘Matie Wine’ Tifa and ‘Stronger We Get’ by Vybz Kartel and ‘Friends’ by Bugle and a track from I-Octane.
Cardiac Strings was the second installation of Chrome’s Cardiac Series and following the widely acclaimed success of Cardiac Bass, Strings did not disappoint. Released on September 2011, the riddim spawned one of the biggest reggae tracks to date for Chris Martin ‘Cheaters Prayer’ and Alaine’s ‘Bye Bye Bye’ along with solid tracks from Cecile, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, and Voicemail.
In that same month, Chrome released the V6 riddim featuring songs by Vybz Kartel ‘Duppy Know’, ‘Tell You Say’ and ‘See me and talk’ by Popcaan, these tracks became must-plays in the Jamaican dancehall.
In 2012 there was no slowing down for CR203 Records as he began the year working on a track for Reggae Artist’s I Octane’s debut album with a combination from I Octane and Alborosie called ‘Space for All of Us’.
In March 2012, Chrome released the riddim titled TNS which was unanimously named by his thousands of fans on twitter. The riddim has two parts TNS part 1 featured Popcaan, Stephen Mcgregor, Tifa, and Vybz Kartel. TNS part 2 featured Chino, Demarco, and seconds tracks from both Popcaan and Vybz Kartel among other tracks.
CR203 Records then changed pace and released a sexy track called with Chris Martin called ‘Push Back’. He then released an album called Zj Chrome presents CR203 Hits Vol 1 an ode to some of his greatest work over the last five years, his theory why wait 10-15 years to celebrate what you’ve done, do it while it's relevant.
In 2012, the Wild Bubble Riddim which was done to make people as its name suggest get wild and dance and features tracks from Konshens, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, Tifa, Bugle, and Popcaan.
He released the final installation of the Cardiac Series the Cardiac Keys, which spawned tracks with the likes of Jah Cure, Chris Martin, Alaine, Romaine, Cecile and many more.
He continued with his love affair with reggae and released three prolific reggae riddims – the Dancehall Sings – Love and Roots versions which had major dancehall artists belting out Reggae songs. He also made the XOXO riddim, which as the name suggests has songs that speak of love in varying styles from the artists on the riddim.
While doing this he never left dancehall and made riddims such as 6th Sense, Lets Rock This, Champ, Bare Vibes, Selfie, and DUI.
In 2015, Chrome released his first studio album MUSIC WITHOUT RULES (MWR) on his independent label CR203 RECORDS. Chrome took time to create a solid 14-track album, as MWR has been a work in progress since 2013. The release of MUSIC WITHOUT RULES made Chrome the first Jamaican DJ/Producer to release a complete studio album.
On MUSIC WITHOUT RULES Chrome enlists special guest collaborators to display a broad range of styles and moods while keeping it authentic. Vybz Kartel lends his vocals for three records, there is a collaboration with Tarrus Riley, Bugle, Popcaan and Alaine, a combination by Tifa and Chino, and songs with Busy Signal, Kabaka Pyramid, Alkaline, Dexta Daps, Chris Martin, Popcaan, Demarco, G Whizz and Luec Mar.
His most recent releases include the Humbug and Humbug Remix Riddim featuring Vybz Kartel, Charley Black, Movado Tifa, and Chris Martin and Lia Caribe. Plus Vybz Kartel’s Remember Me.
Zj Chrome has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry and is one of the most sought after producers now with numerous hit releases and skills as a disc jock that keep getting more recognition. CHROME is truly the UNTOUCHABLE.