Posts tagged "Gappy Ranks"

HEAR THIS: Thornato ft. Gappy Ranks “Rhinoceros” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Thornato ft. Gappy Ranks "Rhinoceros" PREMIERE

You Coulda Have the Heart of A Lion, Speed of a Cheetah…

Since the success of his 2014 release “Gaita Gaita,” Queens-based producer Thor Partridge aka Thornato has been making waves around the world as a beat maker and remixer. His new project Bennu showcases the talents of versatile vocalists from around the globe. UK grime-turned-dancehall don Gappy Ranks  features on “Rhinoceros,” which Boomshots proudly premieres today. “The beat that I initially created and sent to Gappy ended up morphing into something completely different once I received his vocals,” Thornato recalls. ” I ended up stripping everything down to let Gappy’s powerful voice take the lead.  The synth is inspired by an ancient Greek bagpipe called ‘Askaulos.’ I heard a solo performance that was incredibly haunting and unique and I immediately thought it would make a great lead synth sound.” Once this riddim gets rolling, it’s oddly reminiscent of the sound of a thousand stampeding rhinoceri. Audio After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Maximum Sound “Royal Step Riddim” Megamix

HEAR THIS: Maximum Sound "Royal Step Riddim" Megamix

In Comes Frenchie With A Thing Called Roots Plus Culture

Over the past couple of decades Maximum Sound has distinguished itself as one of the more dependable modern reggae imprints when it comes to consistent high-quality music. Frenchie, the elusive producer behind the label, was born in France before relocating to the UK. His sound ranges from vintage dancehall throwbacks like the “Tin Mackerel Riddim” to heavy roots rock selections like their latest, the Royal Step—a co-production with Italo-Jamaican dubmaster Alborosie. Anchored by a Morgan Heritage joint entitled “Conscious Revolution” that’s strong enough to become a fixture of the Grammy-winning band’s live set moving forward. Alborosie steps up next with an armagideon selection called “Tearful Days,” followed by a Randy Valentine x Exco Levi combination, wicked tracks from Anthony B and Gappy Ranks, even a melodica version courtesy of next-gen dub rocker Addis Pablo. Check out the brand new megamix and get used to this steppers riddim—it sounds like it could play for the next 1000 years or so.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Tune For Tune: Battle of the UK “Panda” Refixes

Tune For Tune: Battle of the UK "Panda" Refixes

Who Flipped The “Panda” Beat Better: Gappy Ranks or Lady Leshur?

All this week we’ve been deluged with a Desiigner media blitz since the 19-year-old Barbados-by-way-of-Brooklyn eccentric dropped the Tidal-exclusive video for his chart-topping smash “Panda.” Though he spends most of the tune talking about Atlanta—and sounding a whole lot like Future sippin’ on some sort of new double-cup concoction—Desiigner goes down in history as first New York rapper to top the pop charts since Jay Z dropped “Empire State of Mind.” Where Jigga did it with an assist from Alicia Keys, Desiigner of course got a huge boost from Kanye West, who discovered his tune on Soundcloud and incorporated it into “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2” the third cut on The Life of Pablo. Since that time a bunch of American rappers—from Fabolous to Lupe Fiasco to Jadakiss, and Meek Mill—have all hopped on the beat, which was built by UK-based producer Menace (who reportedly sold the beat to Desiigner for $200). Two of the more interesting flips have come from British microphone controllers, both with Caribbean roots: dancehall deejay Gappy Ranks aka Pelpa and Lady Leshurr of “Queen’s Speech” fame. No more long talking—let’s get to the tunes. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Bobby Hustle “Weed Like Mine” Video

Cali Dromeister Links With Hot Coffee Music—This Should Be Interesting

Looks like Gappy Ranks made some new friends while he was rolling through California for his Cookies tour. And it’s no surprise that Gappy and Bobby Hustle hit it off: they have so many shared interests: reggae, ganja, music, and… um, ganja. We’re feeling Bobby’s high-grade flow over Gappy’s “Throw Me Herb” riddim. As a white youth in the bizness, Bobby strikes the perfect balance: chill, street smart, and reggae savvy without Ja-Fakin’. Now that the Dynasty has linked with Hot Coffee music, nuff things are sure to be percolating . They don’t call him Bobby hustle fe nuttin. Video after the jump. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Gappy Ranks & Busy Signal “Money Finger”

Time Fi Make Di Paper With Gappy Ranks & Busy Signal

UK Dancehall artiste Gappy Ranks calls upon Busy Signal to aid him with his latest release “Money Finger.” The catchy tune, produced by Wundah features the duo trading various anecdotes about money – “Big figga can’t count wit no finga,” listen after the jump. Read more »

HEAR THIS: RDX & Friends “Jump” (Heatwave Refix)

Pree The Outlook Boat Party Mix

Our peoples at The Heatwave made this remix on a boat party in Croatia this summer. We’ll let them tell the tale… “We were so inspired by the beautiful women and their amazing dancing on our Hot Wuk boat party at Outlook Festival that we made a special refix in the heat of the moment floating on the Croatian ocean. The response was crazy and we NEARLY fell off the boat from all the scandalous excitement, but luckily we survived and managed to make it home with the laptop and MP3 intact.” While you rock to this, check out RGAT’s exclusive interview with Gabriel from The Heatwave.  Audio after the jump

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INTERVIEW: Reasoning With Gappy Ranks

The Big Bad UK DJ Tells The ReggaeGirlAboutTown Why He Loves Dancehall

This week Gappy Ranks debuted a brand-new world exclusive with Federation Sound. The tune is called “Love Dancehall” and if you haven’t heard his plea to free Kartel from the prison cell, you might want to get familiar. Gappy’s been keeping the dancehall full of niceness for a good likkle while now. His first two albums, Put The Stereo On for V.P. and Thanks & Praise for his own Hot Coffee Music imprint, are both must-haves for any respectable reggae collection. This year he added the herbalicious Cookies EP. And as he told Reshma B just after stepping off stage at London’s IndigO2, he’ll soon begin working on his third album, to be called Breakfast in Jamaica. So what’s he gonna cook up next? Video interview after the jump…
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WATCH THIS: Chino “High Grade” Video

Chino Sings The New Herbalist Anthem
Where there’s smoke there’s got to be fire, and Chino’s blazing this tune for all the real herbalists—something fresh from Gappy Ranks’ Hot Coffee Productions. Video after the jump.
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WATCH THIS: Reasoning With Christopher Ellis

Alton Ellis’s Youngest Son Links With The Marley Brothers To Carry On His Own Musical Mission

Right after his performance with the Ghetto Youths International Crew at London’s IndigO2, Chris Ellis spoke with Reshma B about how he linked with Stephen and Damian Marley, his new music through the Ghetto Youths International crew, and his relationship with his legendary father, Alton Ellis, the godfather of rock steady. “It was like a lineage thing. It was more than that. Our fathers were in Trenchtown and Bob Marley was in Trenchtown. It’s that kind of ordained kind of angle I’m coming from. It was there.” Video after the jump.

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WATCH THIS: Busy Signal “Hottest Hothead” Video

Gappy Ranks Directs Busy’s Herbalicious New Video

Busy starts the month off right with this wake & bake video directed by the multi-talented UK artiste Gappy Ranks. The track—Hot Coffee Music’s “Throw Me Herb” riddim—has a nice easy skankin’ vibe, and of course the visuals are the highest grade—especially when Busy starts blowing smoke rings in reverse. Busy promised he was not giving up on dancehall, and here’s your proof. He also says he’s “higher than Wiz Khalifa” and I don’t doubt him on that either. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Gappy Ranks “Me No Ready Fi Die Yet” Video

The UK DJ Wants To Live Till He’s Old And Grey, OK?

In case you never know, Gappy Ranks is not a puss, he don’t carry nine lives. Big bad reality tune on Push A Yute Music’s Pree Dem Riddim. More life we say. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Gappy Ranks “I Was There”

UK Deejay Bears Witness To The Japanese Earthquake

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