Ranking Trevor

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“Ranking Trevor has been largely ignored by the archivists, a peculiar oversight, as the DJ was a major force in the sound systems on both sides of the Atlantic during the roots age. Most of his recordings remain infuriatingly out of print, and his singles and albums, now with hefty price tags attached, are much sought after by collectors. Born Trevor Grant in Jamaica on January 20, 1960, the toaster to be fell under U-Roy’s spell in childhood. He never completely shook the Originator’s influence, but no matter, for Ranking Trevor had an equally sharp sense of timing and relaxed delivery that never went out of fashion in this period. Eager for success, Grant was barely into his teens when he began professionally DJing, honing his skills at the Socialist Roots Sound System. He was all of 15 when Jo Jo Hookim took him into the studio for the first time, where he cut 1975’s ‘Natty a Roots Man.’ Over the next few years Trevor recorded a steady stream of singles for Hookim, all backed by the Revolutionaries, with his popularity increasing proportionally.”

“Maxwell Grant (20 January 1960 – 7 August 2012), better known as Ranking Trevor and sometimes as Ranking Superstar, was a Jamaican reggae deejay. Grant began deejaying as a teenager in the 1970s, and began his recording career at the age of fifteen. Regarded as a follower of U-Roy, Grant recorded at Channel One as Ranking Trevor in the mid-1970s, his first release being ‘Natty a Roots Man’, and deejayed on the Socialist Roots sound system.”

“Ranking Trevor: Jamaican pioneer of rap-reggae. The Seventies saw the emergence of several Jamaican deejays and toasters whose claim to excellence in the genre that prefigured rap and dancehall was reflected by the use of Ranking in their stage name. Prominent amongst them was Ranking Trevor, who recorded for Channel One, the studio and label launched by the Hoo Kim brothers in 1973. It was at Channel One that the deejay and producer I-Roy, the rhythm section of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare and other session musicians billed as the Revolutionaries pioneered a heavier style of reggae soon known as ‘rockers’.”

YouTube: MASCULINE GENDER, Rub A Dub Style, Born To Love – Jays & Ranking Trevor, Jays & Ranking Trevor – Queen Majesty, Jays & Ranking Trevor – Truly, Caveman Skank, ANSWER ME QUESTION


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