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Full Blast

Cutty Ranks

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Cutty Ranks began rocking street-corner dances for soundsystems like Gemini and Rebel Tone while still a preteen and went on to become one of the most distinctive dancehall deejays of the early ‘90s. His work was notable not only for the mayhem-inspiring lyrical blasts of tunes like “Limb by Limb” and “Gun Man Lyrics” but also for its huge popularity in the U.K., where Ranks’ tunes were sampled ceaselessly by ragga and jungle producers looking to borrow the badman sound of an authentic dancehall don. 2012’s Full Blast comes after a six-year recording hiatus for Ranks, and it finds the legendary deejay experimenting with straight singing and cultivating a more roots-influenced sound nearly two decades after his years of fast-chat dancehall dominance. This more relaxed approach suits Ranks well, but it gives Full Blast something of a somber feel. Ranks sounds downright grim on the self-produced title track—a solemn meditation on ghetto violence—while elsewhere he revives the rambunctious, soundsystem-storming style of his golden years on “Rumble” and even makes tentative forays into lovers rock on “Inna Beauty."

Customer Reviews

Cutty Ranks on top!

this legend is still bringin the champion sound! great album here, check out his new videos on vevo.

CUTTY is Back! This record is BIG!!

What a great album. Listened to it back to back, so many different looks here, dance hall, lover rock, roots, new school electronic, w o w...

True to Reggae

Reggae doesn't get better than this


Born: February 12, 1965 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Cutty Ranks (born Philip Thomas) is a former butcher that became one of the first to pose an actual challenge to the dominance in the ragga world to Shabba Ranks. A representative of the sound system genre in the early '80s, he joined with Donovan Germain's Penthouse label in 1990, with a stone voice sound, much like Shabba's, running over the "gun talk and slackness" common to this era of ragga. Ranks also makes use of relatively lesser used beats to set himself apart from the...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jul 10, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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