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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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 "Dolomite" 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. Their Second Album I Am Somebody Was Released On He Uk Label Jamdown Records And From It Came Such Hits As The Album Title Track 'I Am Somebody' On The Smash Hit 'Riddim Coolie Dance' Produced By Jamaican Producer Scatta Burrell. The Group Received Great Reviews In The Commercial Press Winning Them A Contract, With The Giant Sports Company, Adidas. During His Time With Suncyle, Gappy Ranks Learnt The Art Of Studio Engineering. He Spent Time In The Studio To Hone His Musical Talent, Which Was Encouraged By The Label CEO Dolomite. In 2004 Gappy Ranks Departed On Good Terms With Suncyle And Began His Solo Career. The National Uk Newspaper 'New Nation' Published A Two-Page Spread On His Talent And Expectations For The Future. In 2005 Gappy Ranks Was Featured On The Vicelaw Entertainment Mixtapes. He Would Record, Print And Could Also Be Seen Selling Mix Cd's For £3.00 In Public Places Such As London's Harlesden, High Road And Wembley Market (Which Is Situated Nest To The British...

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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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