Toppa Top ’14: The Best Reggae Singles of 2014

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December 19, 2014

2. Protoje feat. Chronixx “Who Knows”

In 2013, the reggae revival brought together live instruments, soulful voices and powerful personalities to make reggae a mission and not a competition. The spiritual awakening of young musicians in Jamaica united a wide range of talents into one musical movement focused on Rastafari, and it only got bigger and more visible in 2014. Following on the heels of “Selassie Souljahz,” their 2013 collaboration with Kabaka Pyramid and Sizzla, the movement’s most visible proponents Chronixx and Protoje teamed up once again on “Who Knows,” the first singl from Protoje’s upcoming Ancient Future project.

Winta James of Overstand Entertainment, keyboardist for Damian Marley and the man behind the ubiquitous Rootsman riddim, co-produced the track, which features a thick, heavy dubwise riddim underneath Chronixx’s crisp singing and Protoje’s nimble lyrical delivery. The song also begat one of the year’s most memorable videos, directed by Better Mus Come‘s Storm Saulter, in which Protojeย and Chronixx embark upon an adventure across Jamaicaโ€™s idyllic north coast. The dynamic duo travel by car, bike, and boat to reach their final destination, enduring a number of road blocks along the way. With courage and optimism, everything comes together in the end. As for the great things in store for 2015, who knows? โ€”Lady Laleebella