With an unusual name like CJ Killawno, you can bet that this young
man is no run-of-the-mill deejay. His unusual alias always gets him a
second look at stage shows or events.
“People really love the name. The name Killawno comes from
the argument that if yu kill, yu haffi deal wid the law, so … no,
that’s how yu break down the name, Killawno. Everybody know CJ the
tattoo artiste inna the west, and mi put dem together and it shot,” he
CJ Killawno is generating a lot of buzz with his latest single, Sin,
a high-energy conscious single that points to the ills of the society
which can be traced back to one source: sin. The song is on the RPR
Production on the Sewage Breath rhythm.
“Well, mi inna the studio and it just come to me, ’cause ah the
tings dem mi a see, the violence, the adultery, the covetousness, but mi
never want to bash anyone, just stating a fact that sin is the original
source of all things and you have to fight that urge to sin … right
now, the song ah play in Belize and in England, and in parts of Europe,”
A well-known graffiti artiste, he has now put ink to
paper to pen new rhymes, quickly developing a reputation for his
spine-chilling lyrics that go beyond the overused antics of cash,
clothes and cool.
Born Carl Tuckett in the city of Kingston, he has carved out a
niche for himself as an artiste in his own right. He has been an artiste
of various forms, creating tattoos and body piercing at his popular
tattooing studio located in Montego Bay, St James. However, his first
love has always been music and he wants to paint a canvas using words,
metaphors and sick imagery.
“I started to write and sing when I was only 16. I was first
discovered by Robbie Shakespeare who named me Killawno, and Danny Browne
used to voice me on a project in the ’90s,” he said.
He voiced for many producers and studios in Kingston
before doing some of his own production on his Blunt Production Label.
However, after a few years, he relocated to Montego Bay to establish his
tattoo business alongside his friend, Chicken.
“I used to do production but I have been out of the game for a
while. I am doing some songs with producer Angel, formerly of Down
Sound. mi ah do someother songs which will come out soon, mi ah go tun up the scheme,” he said.
He has performed in Nassau, and shows all over western Jamaica. He has also travelled to Germany and Switzerland.
In June, CJ Killawno will be releasing the singles Fly Away and Wine for his own Blunt Production, and a conscious song, Bottle Mash for Great Again Production.