His vitality and intensity of expression carried his artistry from the Atlantic to the Pacific pioneering reggae music in the Hawaiian Islands where he formed Crucial Youth Production (recording studio and band). In Hawaii Rankin met Ginger and the two began to write and perform together. Their unique blend of musical backgrounds and vocals created the highly acclaimed reggae duo Rankin Scroo and Ginger and pioneered the sound now recognized worldwide as Jawaiian music. For the past fifteen years, their releases and live performances have astounded crowds worldwide, from Jamaica to Europe and all over North America.
Rankin Scroo and Ginger have won numerous awards and honors for their works and are highly regarded as veteran performers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their songs still enjoy regular rotation in Jamaica and Hawaii. Rankin settled in the Bay Area and brought Crucial Youth with him. He is a highly sought after musical composer whose creative arrangements have enhanced the words and melodies of many major label artists, like Black Uhuru, Frankie Paul, Lutan Fyah, Too Short, Keak da Sneak, E-40, Messy Marv, Tyquan, to mention a few.
Rankins musical versatility has given birth to reggae rhythms and vocal styles that transcend the reggae music category. Urban Reggae is the genesis of Rankins diverse musical influences. This cutting edge style masterfully blended Reggae Dancehall, Hip-Hop, and R&B into a sound that has mass cross over appeal and has been emulated worldwide by Spanish speaking Reggaeton artists. Rankin was the pioneer of this sound in California in the late 1990s.
Godfada released in 2001 showcased this sound. This album served not only as an introduction to Urban Reggae but also to Rankin Scroo as a solo artist. Since this albums release Rankins status as a premier artist and producer among Bay Area Hip-Hop and R&B artists has been confirmed with numerous collaborations, soundtracks, and roles in films. Rankins latest offering SOLID is a showcase of Rankin Scroos authentic Jamaican sound and style.
A work for all music lovers, SOLID portrays Rankins passion for music as we explore his life experiences and revelations. SOLID is a shining example of Rankins musical genius, and is poised to capture the market in Jamaica and subsequently in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Rankin delivers the knowledge and spiritually uplifting message that has made him a house hold name in the reggae community consistently on this album. From the first note to the last echo, this album flows lyrically and musically through a tapestry of style and emotion that makes SOLID a must have, must hear CD.
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