Cutty Ranks

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Philip Thomas, 12 February 1965, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Thomas began his working life as a butcher, and it is tempting to suggest that he continued his DJing career as if he was still working with his cleaver - cutting through rhythms and rivals like slices of meat. Cutty is a friendly and personable character, but his style is strictly no-holds-barred, and his career during the 90s has progressed from strength to strength as a result of his uncompromising musical stance. He first took up the microphone for local sound system Feathertone, and moved on to Stereo Mars, Arrows and Metro Media. He began his recording career for Winston Riley of Techniques Records and then moved to Miami with Skeng Don, learning his craft from Supercat and Nicodemus. He then moved on to Patrick Roberts at Shocking Vibes where he recorded his first - and highly influential - hit, ‘The Bomber’. His next move, to Donovan Germain’s Penthouse, further consolidated his...

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