• RiddimStyle Staff Writer

Shabba Ranks long live the KING

Shabba Ranks will be crowned the undisputed King of dancehall by the promoters of Reggae Sumfest scheduled for July 12-18. Arguably the most influential deejay of all times, Shabba Ranks was the standard bearer for the art of deejaying and influenced a lot of the top deejays of the 1990s and 2000s. His big baritone voice which was emulated by many and was the signature sound for deejaying success for a very long time. Among his outstanding achievements are, winning the reggae Grammy for “X-tra Naked” in 1993, scoring several billboard hits including, “Housecall”, “Slow and Sexy” and “Mr Loverman”. At the heights of his career Shabba rubbed shoulders with top international celebrities including Johnny Gil, Queen Latifah,Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump and Eddie Murphy who he collaborated on the song, “I was a King”. In the 1990s Shabba dominated the dancehall charts and dancehall venues all over the world with chart toppers such as Wicked Inna Bed," "Roots and Culture," "Live Blanket," "Mama Man," and "Peeny Peeny," “Caan Dun,” Twice My Age featuring Krystal   "Telephone Love featuring J.C. Lodge, among others.