Ting-a-ling-a-ling: Shabba Ranks’ phone ring

Ting-a-ling-a-ling: Shabba Ranks’ phone ring

The name Shabba Ranks has an immediate, razor sharp edge to it. You would want to know right away who this person is without knowing why.

It’s psychological: the name ‘Shabba’ is that of an African king, and ‘Ranks’ refers to a high position in dancehall. Deejay Shabba Ranks seemed to know from the get go that he would be one of the kings of dancehall.

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