It all began over 50 years ago with reggae pioneers, Vincent Chin and his wife Patricia (their initials leading to the name "VP"), in their native Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Chin received his first taste of the music business maintaining the jukeboxes at bars around the island. This led his creative and enterprising mind to recognize the opportunity to sell the old records that would otherwise be discarded for new ones. The entrepreneurial couple quickly learned hands-on the business of music merchandising.
In 1958, the success of the Chin's jukebox record venture led to the opening of a landmark retail store at 23 Parade, Randy's Records in downtown Kingston. Within a few years, the Chins opened Studio 17, a production facility frequented by legendary artists Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs and others. In the mid-70s, the Chins moved to America and brought their business along with them to service the growing Caribbean market in the U.S.
Randy's Studio 17
In 1979, Jamaica Queens, NY became the home of Vincent and Pat Chin's U.S. retail store, VP Records. From the start, the couple quickly became major producers and wholesale distributors of reggae as they established supply lines to record stores all across North America. During these years they earned the right to their slogan "Miles Ahead in Reggae Music," as they became the world's leading distributor of music from Jamaica and other islands of the Caribbean.
In 1993, the Chins made the next obvious move and established an impressive record label. From Shabba Ranks and Super Cat to Beres Hammond, Sean Paul to Luciano, Sizzla, Capleton, Romain Virgo and Gyptian, VP Records has become home to many of the top acts in Reggae Music.