Dropping a new visual today is Jamaican Hip Hop Artist, Imije. Titled “Rankins” and directed by Kemstyle Studios and featuring T.M.O., the two Rappers kicked the flow up a notch and drop commanding lyrics over a hard hitting Mordecai Beats production that was blessed with a Shabba Ranks “Respect” sample. Respect the Red Block hustle. Off Imije’s “Immortals EP” (available here), check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
If you’re a listener of Dancehall Music, then you’ve heard the name “Shabba Ranks” before. One of the greatest Dancehall Artists that ever stepped on stage, we’ve called him “The Grammy Kid“, “Emperor Ranks“, and “Big Dutty Stinking Shabba” to name a few. As child he was one of the few Deejays I’ve looked up to, when he dropped music videos and stage performances I was glued to the TV screen despite my family complaining of how “slack” his music was. Today, on Oldies Sunday I present to you a few of his songs, and the singles that have sampled/paid tribute to him. What are your favourite Shabba Ranks singles? Let us know in the comments section. Let’s go!
Stunt Gang season is in effect! With the follow up to his “It Is What It Is” project on the way, Safaree gave fans new music and visuals to hold them. This video, titled “Bust It“, with help from Jay Parpworth, pays tribute to not only the legendary Shabba Ranks’ “Ting A Ling” with the sample, but has SB replacing Shabba as the performer in the 23 year old Music Video. The video reminds me of when we were kids and we saw our favourite entertainer in a Music Video and we visualized ourselves in that act’s place. SB’s “It Is What It Is 2” hits the Internet on Dec. 1 but for now you check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Are you familiar with the OVO Sound Radio series on Apple Music? If you have then you’ll notice this episode featured a very special mix by the legendary Black Chiney Sound! In their set we got to hear dub plates old and new from the likes of Vybz Kartel, Tanya Stephens, Collie Buddz, Vershon, Sizzla, and old and new tracks from Foxy Brown, Drake and more! A great listen for fans of both sounds, and for those who have no access to Apple Music, check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Dropping a new video is the “StuntMan” a.k.a. Safaree! Titled “Shabba Ranks“, this was directed by Jay Parpworth and Stunt Films. Tackling A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba Ranks” instrumental, SB hosts a house party while he drops lines about his “sexcapades”, testing out different flows, and stunting like the real Shabba Ranks. Off his recent “It Is What It Is” mixtape, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
After being away from a Jamaican studio in years, Shabba Ranks got back to his roots and released a new single. Titled “Big Time” and produced by JukeBoxx Productions on the “Greatest Creation Riddim“, the veteran Deejay shows us that he has what it takes to still rock the microphone. He also tells us that he’s needed in Dancehall Music and will always “give it to dem” when he’s summoned. Many were delighted to hear Shabba pick up the microphone after hearing him on Rapper A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba (Remix)” so will this new single mean there’ll be more in store? Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.