|Tags:||reggae dancehall ragga jamaica hip hop|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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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 1986s 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 Digitals 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,...