As you may have already known, Renton “Shabba Ranks” Gordon was among 4 top Jamaican entertainers slated to be lauded with the Order of Distinction – Commander Class at this year’s Jamaica National Honours and Awards Ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica.
Along with Shabba Ranks, Dub poet Mutabaruka, whose real name is Allan Roy Hope, the late William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke and Gregory Isaacs were all also honored. They will be awarded with the Order of Distinction – Commander Class.
Contributions | Significance
Though arguable, Shabba Ranks introduced dancehall to the world; the most popular dancehall act in the 90s. His raspy, masculine, gravel toned and his rap-style delivery was extremely commanding. Shabba won 2 Grammy Awards while signed to Epic Records Label.
Greatest Hits Includes
Trailer Load a Girls
Mr. Lover Man (featuring Chevelle Franklin)
Ting a Ling
Twice My Age
Gal you Good
Slow and Sexy
To name a few…
Other honorees in this field include Chris Chin, president of VP records and sculptors Cecil Cooper and Basil Watson. Meanwhile, other honorees will include late journalists, Gary Spaulding and Glenroy Sinclair, who died suddenly in June. They will be awarded the Order of Distinction (OD) – Officer Class, which is Jamaica’s sixth highest national honor.
This Honour has sent the Reggae|Dancehall world in celebratory vibes. Social media is plastered with “Congratulation Shabba Ranks”. Who could forget his entry line …A me man, Big Dutty Stinking Shabba Ranks” well deserved. Congratulations are in Order‼️