The Caribbean music industry was shocked to learn that J Capri suddenly passed on December 4, 2015 after signs of improvement were reported following her horrific car accident on November 22, 2015. Family, friends, industry colleagues, and fans alike were online sending their prayers and well wishes to all those affected by J Capri’s passing.
Who Was J Capri?
Jordan Joel Phillips, better known by her stage name, J Capri, was a vibrant 23-year old Jamaican woman. She was the daughter of Kenneth Phillips and Oradell Carwin and would have celebrated her birthday December 24, 2015. Having attended St. Richards Primary School and Wolmers Trust High School for Girls, she was the beloved friend who began to develop her talent for musical performance as early as age 6. J Capri’s aspiration to become one of the most versatile female artiste from ‘Yard’ was a goal she was able to quickly achieve in the 5 years since her introduction to the Dancehall music industry.
During her last semester as a student at Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts, J Capri had the opportunity to meet with Tarik Johnston, professionally known as Rvssian. Johnston is the CEO of Head Concussion Records, which is a record label that has produced numerous riddims that have been voiced over by Jamaica’s top recording artistes, including Konshens, Sean Paul, and Tarrus Riley to name a few.
Rvssian’s launch of J Capri under the HCR record label saw her come its First Lady. From inception of HCR in late 2007 until late 2011, Rvssian primarily worked with male dancehall artists and particularly the Worl’ Boss himself, Vybz Kartel.
Why Were We Shocked by J Capri’s Passing?
Just a week prior to J Capri’s untimely passing, there was a rumour circulating on social media that the young artiste had to succumb to her injuries. Anyone who has dealt with death can attest that it was not easy to think that someone so talented, so full of life, with such an amazing spirit and ‘live out loud’ personality could be called to rest so soon.
After the entire Caribbean music community, celebrities and fans alike, rallied together to show their support for Jamaica’s rising dancehall star using the hashtag #PrayForJCapri, her ultimate passing brought back memories of the similar circumstance that claimed Aaliyah’s life in 2001. While we laid to rest a daughter, a cousin, a friend, an artiste; each of us who had the opportunity to spend time with J Capri, speak with her, or just hear her music will forever carry a piece of her spirit within us.
Favourite J Capri Tunes
When J Capri first entered the dancehall arena with a collaboration with fellow HCR labelmate, Chan Dizzy for “Nicest Feelin’” it was clear to me that J Capri was going to a force to be reckoned with. From her delivery to the tone of her voice coupled with the lyrics and rhyme of the beat, I remember getting goosebumps the first time I heard that record and can still recall feeling a way whenever that tune plays.
Having the opportunity, honour, and privilege to interview J Capri on the Dancehall Now Show will forever remain a highlight of my career in music journalism.
Below I have compiled a playlist of my favourite J Capri tunes for you to enjoy. My hope is that whether you had the opportunity to interact with J Capri before she was called to rest or if you only have her songs to cherish, please take a moment to give thanks. We do not know the day or time when our time will come to join J Capri and others we have lost along the way. Remember that one day we will see her beautiful smile again and our spirits will be full of joy at that reunion.
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