Shabba Ranks (born with the name Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon) is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist.
He was one of the most famous dancehall acts in his generation. Ranks is also one of the first Jamaican deejays to attain worldwide appreciation and acceptance for his anti homosexual lyrics and expression. Shabba Ranks attained his popularity mostly by deejaying than singing, likewise to his dancehall colleagues in Jamaica. An apprentice of deejay Josey Wales, he came on the international scene in the later part of 1980. Together with a group of fellow Jamaicans which include reggae singers Cocoa Tea and Crystal. Shabba Ranks worked previously with Chuck Berry and with KRS-One and Chubb Rock. (American rappers)
In 1991, he have a big record deal with Epic Records. It released five albums of his and he still one of the most productive dancehall artists to get into the major success in which critics can testify of his popularity.
His major hit single in other country was the reggae fusion "Mr. Loverman". The other songs which include "Trailer Load A Girls", "Wicked inna Bed", "Caan Dun", and "Ting A Ling", "Respect", "Pirates Anthem".
During his guest visit at Channel Four music show "The Word", he uttered the crucifixion of homosexuals, in which he is condemned for his comments by presenter Mark Lamarr and said that what Ranks was saying is "absolute crap".