Shabba Ranks Greatest Hits
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- Released: August 7, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Trailor Load a Girls
- 2.Mr. Loverman
- 4.House Call (Your Body Can't Lieto Me) - (featuring Maxi Priest)
- 5.Rough Life
- 6.Pirates Anthem - (featuring Coca Tea / Home T)
- 7.Roots & Culture
- 8.Shine Eye Gal - (featuring Mykal Rose)
- 9.Gal Yuh Good
- 10.Slow and Sexy
- 11.Wicked in Bed
- 12.The Jam
- 13.Bad & Wicked
- 14.Let's Get It On
- 15.Twice My Age
- 16.Ram Dancehall
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.
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.