Shabba Ranks

Genres: Dance Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae dancehall ragga jamaica hip hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Wikipedia

Biography

Rexton Rawlston Gordon, 17 January 1966, St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. Ranks’ family moved from a country parish to Kingston when he was eight. By the age of 12 he was learning from DJs such as General Echo, Brigadier Jerry, Yellowman and Josey Wales. Ranks served his apprenticeship with the Roots Melody sound system under Admiral Bailey, and recorded his debut, ‘Heat Under Sufferers Feet’, in 1985. Josey Wales took him to King Jammy, for whom Ranks recorded 1986’s ‘Original Fresh’ and the Rough And Rugged collaboration with Chaka Demus. His reputation for ‘slackness’ began with ‘Needle Eye Punany’, recorded for Wittys while in New York in 1988. He joined Bobby Digital’s new label and Heatwave sound system shortly after this, and had considerable success with ‘Mama Man’, ‘Peanie Peanie’ and ‘Wicked In Bed’. The special partnership between Digital and Ranks began at this time,...

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