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Shabba Ranks

Cover of Shabba Ranks' album X-tra Naked
Background information
Birth name Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon
Also known as Shabba
Born January 17, 1966 (1966-01-17) (age 41)
Flag of Jamaica St. Ann, Jamaica
Origin Flag of Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Genre(s) Dancehall
Years active 1985 - present
Label(s) Epic (1991-1996)

Shabba Ranks (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, 17 January 1966, Sturgetown, St Ann's, Jamaica) is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... Location latitude 18°12N, longitude 77°28W Capital Town Saint Anns Bay Major towns Ocho Rios, Browns Town, Runaway Bay, Claremont County Middlesex Area 1,212. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ragga. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... This article is about the mother of the Virgin Mary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ragga. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ...


He stands among the most popular Jamaican dancehall artists of his generation. He also was one of the first Jamaican DJs to get worldwide acceptance and recognition for his 'slack' lyrical expressions and content when ridin de riddim. His gravel toned, rough-sounding voice made him instantly recognised worldwide. Look up Slack in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Slack has several meanings: The pursuit of Slack is a central belief of the Church of the SubGenius. ...

Contents

Biography and music career

Ranks gained his fame mainly by Dee Jaying rather than as a vocalist similarly to his contemporaries in Jamaica. A prodigy of DJ Josey Wales, he arrived on the international stage in the late 1980s with a number of fellow artists including British vocalist Maxi Priest, reggae singers Cocoa Tea, Crystal and Mykal Rose, and R&B singer Johnny Gill. Ranks also worked with Chuck Berry and American rappers KRS-One and Chubb Rock. The 1980s refers to the period where corey sucks peters and has a not little to look at his little penis of and between 1980 and 1989. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer and songwriter from England. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Cocoa Tea (born September 3, 1959 as Calvin George Scott, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae dancehall singer, songwriter, and DJ. He was popular in Jamaica from 1985, but has become successful worldwide only since the 1990s. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Johnny Gill (born May 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an R&B singer best known for his romantic ballads and as a member of New Edition. ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... KRS-One (born Lawrence Krisna Parker on August 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Chubb Rock Chubb Rock (born Richard Simpson on May 28, 1968 in Jamaica) is rapper who released several commercially successful hip hop albums circa 1990. ...


He secured a major record deal with Epic Records in 1991. Having released five albums for a major label, Ranks remains one of the most prolific dancehall artists to break into the mainstream, which critics have noted[1] as a testimony of his popularity. Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


His biggest non-Jamaican hit was Mr. Loverman (memorable for bringing the cry Shabba! to the music world), although in Jamaica and for many reggae lovers, this was not his best work. Other, more appreciated tracks by reggae enthusiasts, include Respect, Pirates Anthem, Trailor Load A Girls, Wicked ina Bed, Caan Dun, and Ting A Ling.


In 1993 Ranks scored another hit in the Addams Family Values soundtrack to which he contributed a rap/reggae version of the Sly and the Family Stone hit Family Affair. His third album for Epic, A Mi Shabba, was released in 1995, however it fared less well. He was eventually dropped by the label in 1996. However, his previous work netted him two Grammy Awards, and Epic went on to release a 'Greatest Hits' album, entitled Shabba Ranks and Friends in 1999. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Addams Family Values (1993) is an Academy Award-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy The Addams Family. ... Sly & the Family Stone were an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


There is a rumor that Ranks may be working out a record deal with Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records but nothing has been confirmed just yet. Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Roc-A-Fella Records is one of the largest hip hop/rap record labels in the United States. ...


He currently lives in New York City. New York, NY redirects here. ...


Controversy

In 1992 on the British Channel Four programme The Word he appeared to advocate the crucifixion of homosexuals and was condemned for his comments by presenter Mark Lamarr, although notably not by fellow guest Marky Mark who later had to make a public statement distancing himself from Ranks' views after his own image suffered.[2] Ranks was however unrepentant, and this has been cited as one reason for his decline in popularity. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... The Word was a 1990s Channel 4 television programme in the United Kingdom. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Mark Lamarr (born Mark Jones on January 7, 1967 in Swindon, Wiltshire) is an English comedian and a presenter on radio and television. ... Mark Wahlberg and Singer/Actor Eric West pose together at MTV Video Music Awards September, 2000 Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Massachusetts) is an American entertainer, and is now known primarily as an actor. ...


His views were also reflected on some of his tracks, such as No Mama Man:

Don't give a love to a man if you nuh seh him a mama man[3]

If Jamaica would a legalize gun / to kill battyboy would be the greatest fun Batty boy, battyman, pariss, chi chi man and chiefe are sexual slurs used in Jamaica, Belize, Guyana and the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean to describe gay men. ...

Another example of these views is in the song Wicked inna bed:

Inna me fi bed me no want Alfred
me no want Tony
me no want Ted
me no promote Mama Man
I leave Mama man fi dead
BAM BAM! me lick a shot on a mama man's head

Ranks' viewpoint is, however, not unique in his area of music. Anti-homosexuality is a common viewpoint in the reggae-dancehall community in Jamaica; other reggae artists who have used Anti-homosexual lyrics in their music include Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Sizzla. (See also LGBT rights in Jamaica.) Boobs Banton (performing at Ilosaarirock, 2006) Boobs Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie 1972) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae singer & producer. ... Beenie Man (born Anthony Moses Davis August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), is among the most popular reggae entertainers and is a well established dancehall reggae artist who created the phrase Zagga Zow. // Beenie Man was involved in the music industry from a young age when he and his long... Elephant Man, also known as The Energy God, (born ONeil Bryan on September 11, 1975 in Kingston, Jamaica) is arguably one of the most colorful characters on the dancehall scene. ... Sizzla Kalonji is the stage name of Miguel Orlando Collins (born 17 April 1976), a Jamaican reggae musician. ... LGBT right in Jamaica // Sex between men, according to the criminal law of Jamaica, is illegal and punishable with up to ten years jail. ...


Discography

Singles

  • 1989 "Peanie Peanie" - Shabba Ranks - Jammys.
  • 1990 "Roots & Culture" - Shabba Ranks - Digital B.
  • 1991 "She's A Woman" - Scritti Politti Featuring Shabba Ranks - UK Number 20.
  • 1991 "Trailer Load A Girls" - Shabba Ranks - UK Number 63.
  • 1991 "Housecall" - Shabba Ranks Featuring Maxi Priest - UK Number 31 - US Number 37.
  • 1992 "Just Reality" - Shabba Ranks - Digital B.
  • 1992 "Love Punaany Bad" - Shabba Ranks - Jammys.
  • 1992 "Mr Loverman" - Shabba Ranks Featuring Chevelle Franklyn - UK Number 23 - US Number 40.
  • 1992 "Slow And Sexy" - Shabba Ranks Featuring Johnny Gill - UK Number 17 - US 33.
  • 1992 "Shine & Crisis" - Shabba Ranks - Shang.
  • 1993 "I Was A King" - Eddie Murphy Featuring Shabba Ranks - UK Number 64.
  • 1993 "Mr Loverman" - re-issue - Shabba Ranks - UK Number 3.
  • 1993 "Housecall" - remix - Shabba Ranks Featuring Maxi Priest - UK Number 8.
  • 1993 "What'cha Gonna Do" - Shabba Ranks Featuring Queen Latifah - UK Number 21.
  • 1993 "Family Affair" - Shabba Ranks Featuring Patra And Terri & Monica - UK Number 18 - US Number 84.
  • 1995 "Let's Get It On" - Shabba Ranks - UK Number 22 - US Number 81.
  • 1995 "Shine Eye Gal" - Shabba Ranks Featuring Mykal Rose - UK Number 46.
  • 1996 "Heart Of A Lion" - Shabba Ranks - Digital B.
  • 1997 "So Jah Say" - Shabba Ranks - Brick Wall.

1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Scritti Politti are a Welsh musical band. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer and songwriter from England. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Johnny Gill (born May 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an R&B singer best known for his romantic ballads and as a member of New Edition. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an American actor and comedian. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer and songwriter from England. ... Also see the Arab singer Latifa Queen Latifah (b. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Albums

1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rappin With the Ladies is the first album by dancehall artist and DJ Shabba Ranks, released in 1988. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Just Reality is the second album release by dancehall and reggae artist Shabba Ranks. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Golden Touch is the third album released by Shabba Ranks, like Just Reality, this album was not as popular as the first album Rappin With the Ladies, both Golden Touch and Just Reality received poor reviews. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Best Baby Father is the fourth album released by Shabba Ranks. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... As Raw As Ever is a studio album released by Shabba Ranks, unlike the three previous albums released by Shabba Ranks, this album was popular and received good reviews. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Rough and Ready is a studio album released by Shabba Ranks, after his last album As Raw As Ever received good reviews, his good spell continued as Rough and Ready was also popular and received good reviews. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... X-tra Naked is a studio album released by Shabba Ranks, this album is possibly the most successful Shabba Ranks released, as in 1993 the album won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Rough and Ready Volume 2 is a studio album released by Shabba Ranks. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Mi Shabba is an album released by Shabba Ranks, this album was released after a two year gap in album releases and received fairly average reviews. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Get Up Stand Up is the last studio album released by Shabba Ranks, however it does contain many remixes of previous songs recorded by Shabba Ranks. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Shabba Ranks and Friends is a compilation album released by Shabba Ranks, the album inlcudes most of Shabba Ranks most successful hits. ...

Videos and DVDs

  • 2002 Shabba Ranks: Dancehall Ruff - Best of Shabba Ranks (DVD)
  • 2001 The Return of Shabba Ranks (DVD)
  • 1994 Darker Side of Black
  • 1992 Shabba Ranks: Naked and Ready
  • 1992 Shabba Ranks: Fresh & Wild
  • 1992 Shabba Ranks vs. Ninja Man: Super Clash Round
  • 1990 Reggae Showdown, Vol. 4: Shabba at Showdown (DVD)
  • 1987 Prince Jammy

For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Trivia

This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Peter Kays Phoenix Nights is a British sitcom about The Phoenix Club, a working mens club in the northern English town of Bolton. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... In Living Color was an American sketch comedy television series which ran on the FOX Network from April 15, 1990 to August 23, 1994. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Harry Enfields Television Programme is a British sketch show starring Harry Enfield. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a popular American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. ...

External links

  • Shabba Ranks biography at the AMG webiste
  • Shabba Ranks at Rolling stone.com

References

  1. ^ Album Reviews
  2. ^ Sanello, Frank (1999) Don't Call Me Marky Mark, Renaissance Books
  3. ^ mama man - homosexual
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