Shabba Ranks Greatest Hits
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- Released: August 7, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sony
- 1.Trailor Load a Girls - (Patois)
- 2.Mr. Loverman - (Patois, featuring Chevell Franklin)
- 3.Ting-a-Ling - (Patois)
- 4.Housecall - (Patois, featuring Maxi Priest)
- 5.Rough Life - (Patois)
- 6.Pirates Anthem - (Patois, featuring Cocoa Tea / Home T)
- 7.Roots & Culture - (Patois)
- 8.Shine Eye Gal - (Patois, featuring Mykal Rose)
- 9.Gal Yuh Good - (Patois)
- 10.Slow and Sexy - (Patois, featuring Johnny Gill)
- 11.Wicked in Bed - (Patois)
- 12.Jam, The - (Patois, featuring KRS-One)
- 13.Bad & Wicked - (Patois)
- 14.Let's Get It On - (Patois)
- 15.Twice My Age - (Patois, featuring Krystal)
- 16.Ram Dancehall - (Patois)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel includes: Shabba Ranks, Chevelle Franklin, Maxi Priest, Cocoa Tea, Home T, Mykal Rose, Johnny Gill, KRS-One, Krystal.
Producers include: Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson, Cleveland "Clevie" Browne, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, KRS-One.
Compilation producer: Jerry Rappaport.
Recorded between 1991 & 1995. Includes liner notes by Eliana Oumana.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Audio Mixers: Jimmy Jam; Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson; Terry Lewis.
Audio Remixers: David Morales ; Fabian; Falcon; Timmy Regisford; Salaam Remi; Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Photographers: Warren Mantooth; Gerhard Jurkovic; Gene Shaw; Michael Halsband.
Arrangers: Mickey "Tickey" Bennett; Clevie; Carl Thompson; Clifton Dillon; Sean "Puffy" Combs; Sly Dunbar; Steely; W. Johnson; Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson; Bobby Dixon.
With one foot planted firmly in Jamaica's tradition of classic toasting (his precursors include U-Roy and Yellowman), and the other in the burgeoning world of American hip hop, Shabba Ranks purveyed a hard-hitting ragga-rap style that came to typify the form known as dancehall. Delivered over deep, bass-thick production, Ranks' provocative, rhythmically infectious delivery struck an international chord. The artist's particularly successful tenure at Epic Records in the early-to-mid-1990s is represented on GREATEST HITS, an impressive and well selected--if not comprehensive--sampler of Shabba's talents.
Included here are popular collaborations with other singers, including Maxi Priest ("Housecall"), Johnny Gill ("Slow and Sexy"), and KRS-One ("The Jam"); in addition to pairings with producers and arrangers like Sly Dunbar ("Shine Eye Gal"), Sean Combs ("Rough Life"), and long-term production partner Bobby "Digital" Dixon. "Trailor Load a Girls" and "Wicked in Bed" show Ranks wielding his renowned sexual braggadocio, while "Roots and Culture" proves him capable of tackling social issues. Ultimately, Ranks was a key player in the rise of Jamaican dancehall, and GREATEST HITS is a great overview of his contributions.
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