Gappy Ranks, Protoje
4811 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR, 97215
This event is 21 and over
Gappy Ranks is a dancehall musician of Jamaican and Dominican origin, also known as Jacob Lee Williams. He has worked with American rapper Twista, UK MC Lethal B, Zimbabwean dancehall artist Winky D, producers Kray Twinz and dancehall collective Suncycle.
After growing up in Harlesden, north-west London, Gappy Ranks dealt with obstacles such as homelessness and issues with the police after leaving school, which resulted in his music taking a back seat. However, after overcoming this, he enlisted the help of radio stations such as Unique FM and spent time in the studio to hone his musical talent
There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica and industry experts and fans alike agree that Protoje is among those at the forefront of the movement known as the ‘Reggae Revival.’ Leading the militant band - The Indiggnation - the powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje reports for duty,
re-establishing the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism.
Referring to Protoje’s debut album, The Seven Year Itch, David Rodigan declared that he was “particularly impressed with the album,” which he thought was “very refreshing.” Rasta Love featuring Ky-Mani Marley was the first international hit, which has accrued over 10 million Youtube views.
Two years after the proverbial itch was scratched, Protoje unveiled his sophomore album called The 8 Year Affair in February 2013. Within a week of its release, the Billboard-affiliated ‘Next Big Sound’ chart listed Protoje at #4. According to the official website, ‘Next Big Sound’ measures “the fastest accelerating artists across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success.”
The 8 Year Affair also charted in the top 5 on the iTunes Reggae charts in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Protoje has toured extensively since 2010, gaining recognition every step of the way and admiration for his disciplined approach to his music career. Major performances include the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California, Summerjam in Germany and other festivals across Europe.
Protoje and The Indiggnation are coming to your nation, on a mission to bring Roots Rock Reggae’s message of uplifting consciousness to the world.
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