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Shabba Ranks

Shabba RanksAKA Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon

Born: 17-Jan-1966
Birthplace: Sturgetown, Jamaica

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Rapper

Nationality: Jamaica
Executive summary: Ragga DJ

Rex released his first single as Co-Pilot at the age of fifteen. He changed his name to Shabba Ranks soon afterwards, and began to compile what would shortly become a prolific catalog with such early singles as 1988's "Needle Eye Punany". The ubiqitous, uniform beat of reggaeton is called the "Dem Bow" after the Shabba Ranks track in which first appeared.

Shabba Ranks is also a noted homophobe, having once advocated the crucifixion of homosexuals in an appearance on the Channel 4 programme "The Word". This viewpoint did not come as a suprise to anyone with a Shabba Ranks album and a working knowledge of Jamaican slang.

    Grammy Best Reggae Album, 1991
    Grammy Best Reggae Album, 1992
    Risk Factors: Homophobia

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