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Put the Stereo On

Gappy Ranks

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Gappy Ranks is a rough-voiced singer and DJ from Harlesden, a hardscrabble suburb of northwestern London home to one of the city’s largest communities of Jamaican immigrants. As a youth, Ranks found inspiration not only in the classic reggae that his parents loved—foundation singers and DJs like Alton Ellis, Dennis Alcapone, Bob Marley, and Horace Andy—but also in the fierce gun talk of more modern DJs like Ninjaman and Courtney Melody and in the streetwise lyrics of American rappers like Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Put the Stereo On reflects this deeply eclectic musical upbringing. Though the basic rhythms here are built out of golden-age roots and rocksteady tracks from Studio One, Treasure Isle, and others, Raks’ delivery is decidedly modern, balancing the influence of contemporary DJs like Spragga Benz and Beenie Man against the more nimble lyrical style of American emcees. Particularly remarkable are Ranks’ imaginative reworkings of classics like Tenor Saw’s “Pumpkin Belly” and The Wailers’ “Soul Rebel.”

Customer Reviews

Top Ranks!!!!!

One cannot underestimate the raw energy that emerges from this young and talented singjay. All respect is due to the youth when he conjures up such magic from some of the best riddims Studio One has to offer. Sugar Minott comes to mind when listening to his album. RIP! Minott was able to use the best from the Studio One vault to define his own sound, which birthed modern dancehall. Gappy Ranks has taken a lesson from these teachings and applied his own brand of music, making the riddims a highlight, but reminding the listener that he is the stand out star in this showcase. He dabbles a bit in the slick over sound of the day on a few tunes but he understands where his strength lies and that is in the dancehall. At the end of the day, he is a master at his craft. A much welcomed uplift to what is now considered a "watered down machinization of the music." Certified Classic. Highly recommended!!!


BOOOOOOMMM!! Bless up,Gappy Ranks!! Nuting but FYAH!!

Put The Stereo On SOLID

Extremely pleased with the entire work. New favorite track, Little Understanding. Musical Girl and Happiest Day... love the riddims. #Salute


Born: Harlesden, London, England

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Recalling the '90s — the heyday of British artists like Maxi Priest and Bitty McLean — singer Gappy Ranks brings U.K. reggae to the world. Born Jacob Lee Williams, the London-based artist was struggling to keep from being homeless when his career began, but working with radio and playing numerous live shows helped him step up. In 2009 he signed with Greensleeves, releasing his debut album for the label, Put the Stereo On, in 2010. The throwback effort was filled with nostalgia for the...
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