Zion High Why write about Blood and Fire reggae reissues when virtually every one is killer? Because Ranking Joe deserves a shout-out as one of the great… Zion High Why write about Blood and Fire reggae reissues when virtually every one is killer? Because Ranking Joe deserves a shout-out as one of the great… 2003-07-15 Ranking Joe
Review

Zion High (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 15, 2003; Lead Performance: Ranking Joe

Why write about Blood and Fire reggae reissues when virtually every one is killer? Because Ranking Joe deserves a shout-out as one of the great unsung MCs of the late-'70s/early-'80s Jamaican dancehall scene. Never much for porn raps or gun talk, he took the gibberish of U-Roy and sped it up into his trademark ''bong diddley'' flavor, a bubbling scat-style flow delivered over roots classics by Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and Black Uhuru. That acts from Musical Youth to Eek-A-Mouse would bite his style and blow it up is just one of countless injustices in the history of Jamaican music. REGGAE HIP-HOP HISTORY Nice Up the Dance (Soul Jazz) connects the dots between Tenor Saw, J-Live, Shaggy, and a clutch of other dancehall-literate crossovers.

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints
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