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Gappy Ranks

UK Reggae artist

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Gappy Ranks speaks to Ace & Vis

Gappy Ranks is in the studio with Ace & Vis as 1Xtra marks 50 years of Jamaican independence.

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Biography

Gappy Ranks is a British dancehall musician of Jamaican and Dominican origin. He is also known as Jacob Lee Williams. His love for music started in his hometown Harlesden, London where he was born and raised.

At a young age he would perform for crowds within his hometown and for friends and family who encouraged him to continue.

After growing up in North West London, Gappy Ranks dealt with numerous obstacles including homelessness after leaving school. This resulted in his music taking a back seat. However, once he overcame these obstacles he joined focus with childhood friend and fellow local artist "Redmann" (UK) From there, he was enlisted in the UK Dancehall growl "Suncycle" with local artists such as Cash Money, Lady Chann & Naff Skrilla.

The grouped by recording artist "Dolmite" received help from community radio stations such as Beat Fm & Unique Radio. Their 1st Album titled 'Suncyle' in which Gappy Ranks recorded his anthem 'Harlesden' which proclaimed his love for his community.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Thanks & Praise

    Thanks & Praise 2011

    Reviewed by Angus Taylor
    A high-quality second platter from the London-based reggae artist.
  2. Review of Put the Stereo On

    Put the Stereo On 2010

    Reviewed by Angus Taylor
    A meeting of eras that should please all the people, all the time.
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